ZANU PF legislator for Gokwe Nembudziya, Justice Mayor Wadyajena has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to ban alcohol and tobacco as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
His advice comes after South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa had imposed a night-time curfew that would be in place from 21:00 to 04:00, banned the selling of alcohol and made it compulsory to wear masks outdoors.
Posting on Twitter yesterday, Wadyajena said:
I implore H.E @edmnangagwa to immediately ban & criminalise the sale, possession & consumption of both alcohol & tobacco 🚬 until a COVID cure is found. With local transmissions surging to unprecedented levels, it’s time unpopular decisions are made! We’re too poor to take chances.
Zimbabwe’s coronavirus cases have in the recent past been rising at an unparalleled speed and the president is contemplating reviewing lockdown restrictions.
Some government officials including the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana have already hinted that Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s two largest cities are to be put under total lockdown.
The total number of officially confirmed cases is 985 as of the 12th of July, the number is inclusive of 18 deaths.