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We don’t even want you to gather at funerals, says Ziyambi

Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says government will not be providing buses for intercity travels adding that the country is still in danger of COVID-19.

Since Zimbabwe instituted lockdown from the 30th of March, there have been restrictions especially on intercity travels due to lack of transport and massive road blocks that have been mounted across the country.

However, there have been complains that some people would want to visit their sick relatives or attend funerals and want government to return buses on the road.

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However, speaking in the National Assembly, Minister Ziyambi said government does not want people to travel even for funerals adding that those who will not be feeling well should seek help from health institutions in their areas.

“In our investigations, we saw that where people gather there is a risk of spreading the disease. So in our resolutions we said those who are going to companies and following regulations should be allowed to go but for us to say that buses should be carrying people from one place to another, we are not yet satisfied that we are out of danger.

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“We may have a bigger problem and we will not be able to contain the spread of the disease. We do not even want people to gather at funerals or buses to be carrying people to funerals. We do not want people to travel.

“If someone is sick, they have to go to the nearest clinic and we need to look for resources so that every clinic is well resourced and we avoid the spread of diseases.

“So for us to go to Cabinet and ask for buses, we will be breaking the agreement which we made that we need to stop the spread of the disease,” he said. 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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