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Provide COVID-19 information in 16 languages: High Court orders Govt

By Staff Writer

The High Court has ordered the Health and Information Ministries to provide information on the government’s state of preparedness and efforts in fighting the spread of the COVID-19 in the country’s 16 official languages.

High Court judge Justice Mafusire on Friday ordered that the two ministries should with immediate effect publish and disseminate COVID-19 information daily on all available platforms.

This comes after the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) which was represented by Rudo Magundani of Scanlen and Holderness filed an urgent chamber application.

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Justice Mafusire ordered that authorities should provide information on the list of public and private testing and treating centres at national, provincial and district hospitals allocated for dealing with COVID-19.

The High Court also ordered that information on the type and quantity of all medical equipment and any other resources needed should also be made available.

MISA welcomed the ruling saying access to information was a fundamental right.

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“In the interest of public health and building public trust and confidence, MISA Zimbabwe urges the government and relevant public institutions to be accessible and forthcoming with information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said MISA in a statement.

“The public should not be left to guess on whether or not the government has sufficient resources to deal with the virus and prevent spread. This will mitigate against any false or misleading information pertaining to the government’s efforts in fighting the Coronavirus.” Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER

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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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