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Chamisa finally agrees with Mnangagwa

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By Marshall Bwanya

MDC president Nelson Chamisa appears to have finally found one area where he agrees with President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The youthful MDC leader has been known to oppose all measures and moves implemented by Mnangagwa whom he accuses of stealing his victory in the July 2018 general Presidential elections.

Writing on his Twitter handle following the announcement of a 21-day total lock-down by Mnangagwa, Chamisa took no time to applaud and show support for the move.

“The decision to lock-down Zimbabwe is necessary, wise and supported.

” We are in circumstances of a catastrophe. There is only one Zimbabwe, we are one people.

“Politics aside, we must unite to save lives. Measures to test, detect the virus and cushion the vulnerable essential,” he said.

It, however, remains to be seen if Chamisa and Mnangagwa will take time to stand next to each like what Cyril Ramaphosa and Julius Malema did when they were addressing their nation on COVID-19.

MDC and Zanu PF leaders have never agreed on anything publicly before and the gesture by Chamisa could be a sign of possible good times ahead where the two leaders could sit and talk to end the current economic, political and social challenges bedevilling Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe faces an uncertain future due to COVID-19 owing to its poor health system which has been characterised by poor funding from fiscus, lack of equipment and essential, drugs and labour relations between government and health practitioners which saw doctors going on strike for over three months.

The lock-down announced by President Mnangagwa will start on Monday 30 March 2020 up to about Sunday 19 April.

According to Mnangagwa “Zimbabwe will be under lockdown for the next 21 days, subject to review, except for the critical movement of goods, operation of key utilities such as power and water.

“Citizens are expected to stay at home and to ensure compliance I have deployed the command element,” he said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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