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‘We will conquer pandemic’

Acting President Chiwenga

Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE is in the process of acquiring Covid-19 vaccines to fight the global pandemic, which has left a trail of destruction across the country but can be conquered through unity, Acting President Chiwenga said.

Addressing mourners at the National Heroes Acre yesterday during the historic interment of three national heroes who succumbed to Covid-19 related illnesses last week; namely Dr Sibusiso Busi Moyo, Dr Joel Biggie Matiza and Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi, Acting President Chiwenga said Zimbabwe will emerge victorious against the global pandemic.

“It is a ruthless juggernaut that leaves a trail of despair and desperation. But we will eventually conquer it and prevail as a people,” he said.

“Government is already in the process of acquiring the necessary vaccines for this pandemic. Let us continue to observe the laid down protocols as stipulated by the World Health Organisation and our national laws.

“I wish to reiterate the need to always mask up, sanitise and maintain social distance. These are key imperatives in this fight against the pandemic and have no substitute.”

The historic burial was held in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) Covid-19 regulations, with only few people in attendance — all the while observing social distancing and wearing face masks.

Caskets bearing the bodies of the three national heroes. — Picture: Tawanda Mudimu

Dr Moyo, who was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade died on Wednesday last week while Dr Matiza, who held the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development portfolio and Major General Zimondi, the former Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) died on Friday.

Speaking at the shrine reserved for the country’s national heroes, the Acting President said the Covid-19 pandemic, which has tragically spiked in the past few weeks, is a lesson that “we are all mortals” and requires collective effort to beat.

“It is incumbent upon us to ensure that we carry on with the arduous journey towards national development and prosperity for our people. Yes, it is not a stroll in the park. What is crucial at this stage is to share a collective identity as a people with a rich diversity, paying special attention to our collective identity as a people with a rich diversity, paying special attention to our beliefs, affiliations and values. The time is up for that unity in diversity to be viewed as strength and not a weakness.”

The Acting President hailed the trio’s contribution to national development and urged Zimbabweans to carry forward with their work towards prosperity.

Acting President Constantino Chiwenga saluted by service chiefs as he arrives at the National Heroes Acre yesterday