Everyone entering State House in Bulawayo today to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was in the second city for a series of meetings, had to have a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test and was only allowed in after testing negative, Information Secretary Nick Mangwana said.
In a tweet on what was going on at State House where Mnangagwa met city fathers and members of civil society, Mangwana: “Everyone entering Statehouse today had a PCR test for Covid19 and people got in only after Negative results which came out in minutes.”
Bulawayo is one of the epicentres of coronavirus has as of yesterday it had recorded 1 225 cases but 1 060 had recovered.
Twenty-eight people have so far died in the city and there are still 137 active cases.
After his meeting with city fathers, Mnangagwa directed that the stakeholders in this issue who include Bulawayo City Council, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement and ZINWA come up with a detailed and comprehensive proposal to solve the water challenges.
This proposal should outline the major challenges and the proposed solutions in a format depicting the respective activities, the cost and the overall budget in three phases. This should be brought to Mnangagwa’s attention as soon as possible to bring water to the ciy.
At the meeting with the Matabeleland Collective, the following issues were discussed:
- The issuance of birth certificates and death certificates to victims of Gukurahundi;
- Exhumations of victims of Gukurahundi;
- Zambezi Water project;
- Corruption at Rural District Councils; and
- Increased participation of women in government and Parliament.
It was agreed that the exercise to issue out documentation to victims of Gukurahundi will be rolled out as soon as the parties involved have agreed on all logistical arrangements.