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Close monitoring looms for public transporters


By Nyasha Mutena

Cabinet has directed law and order enforcement agents to increase scrutiny and supervision especially on public transporters.

Addressing journalists during the post cabinet briefing yesterday 21 April 2021, Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said it is still too risky to relax and lay down one’s guard.

“Regarding Public Transport, Cabinet noted with concern the increased flouting of COVID-19 prevention control measures in the public transport system. In this regard, Cabinet agreed that Law and Order should increase surveillance on public transporters,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.

On another note, Zimbabwe’s teachers reporting for duty has decreased. Some of those reporting for duty are not teaching. As such, Senator Mutsvangwa said negotiations for improved conditions of service remain open under the National Joint Negotiating Council and that the no work, no pay policy will be strictly enforced.

Meanwhile, Cabinet remains cognisant of the need to fully open all economic activities. However, in the face of the threat of a Third Wave, Cabinet has deferred consideration of the opening of bars and night clubs until further notice.

“Cabinet was informed that on 16th April 2021 more outbreaks were reported at two boarding schools, namely: at St. Davids Bonda Girls School, in Manicaland and Embakwe High School in Plumtree. One hundred and forty-five (145) and ninety-one (91) learners tested positive, respectively. Government would like to re-assure the Nation that the situation is under control and all the cases are mild and asymptomatic.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care is testing and vaccinating members in the adjoining communities where the schools are located. All those found positive have been quarantined.

The cabinet received an update on the procurement and roll out of COVID-19 Vaccines, which was presented by the Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Honourable C.G.D.N. Chiwenga.

So far, a total of 288 229 and 36 778 people had received their first and second dose, respectively, across the country. The Ministry of Health and Child Care is currently carrying out vaccination campaigns all over the country. Cabinet was advised that the vaccination of residents of border towns has been prioritised and is well on course.