MDC Alliance legislator, Settlement Chikwnya has criticised president Emmerson Mnangagwa for taking his annual leave when the country is facing a serious health crisis.
Chikwinya speaks as the country’s Health Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and Acting President, Kembo Mohadi, have imposed a national lockdown at the wake of a surge in coronavirus cases.
The Kwekwe lawmaker said the living standards of the general populace will further deteriorate due to the unceremonious lockdown.
Speaking to iAfrica24.com in an interview, Chikwinya said:
The difference Zimbabwe has with other countries like South Africa is that our government acts without planning.
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As we speak, the lockdown measures have segregated the poor from the rich.
The poor have been locked down with no food and no medication so they die of hunger and Covid-19.
The rich with access to air travels, hotels and other luxuries have been allowed to continue mixing and mingling including travelling and spreading the disease.
More sadly is that President Mnangagwa is blind to the urgency of the matter.
No President who cares for his people goes on leave in such a health crisis and leaves an acting President who does not even know how many people have died due to Covid so far.
It’s just pathetic and Zimbabweans must know that we are on our own.
His remarks resonate with sentiments by other stakeholders who include vendors and touts who said they were not given enough time to prepare for the lockdown.
Chikwinya also speaks after MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa had also criticised the ZANU PF government for not considering the lives of the general masses.