- Zimbabwean minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri claims the coronavirus was unleashed on the West as punishment for imposing sanctions on his country
- God, in the defence minister's view, unleashed the virus to 'deal' with US President Donald Trump and others
- This comes as experts claim Zimbabwe is incapacitated in handling the global pandemic
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Zimbabwe Minister of Defence Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has an interesting opinion on why the world is facing the Covid-19 pandemic.
TimesLIVE reports that the Zanu-PF chairperson told a gathering of members that:
“Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries that imposed sanctions on us. They are now keeping indoors. Their economies are screaming just like they did to ours. Trump should know that he is not God.”
The European Union recently removed the late ex-president Robert Mugabe from its sanctions list but retained his widow, Grace Mugabe, as well as other political figures.
In response to the United State extending targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe, ministry of information secretary Nick Mangwana found the position 'baffling'.
But Muchinguri-Kashiri's comments have been met with fierce resistance by many political personalities with numerous individuals slamming her 'ignorant and callous' opinion.
Former Zanu-PF member Professor Jonathan Moyo commented on the government's reaction to the outbreak from his post in exile:
“The first duty of government in a constitutional democracy is the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. Nothing has demonstrated this principle than how governments are protecting their citizens from the coronavirus pandemic. Zimbabweans are on their own with no protection."
Reported say the country is facing widespread food shortages, relying on the United Nations for relief in this regard.
Zimbabwe recently announced that it would be attempting to reverse its controversial land reform programme, offering financial compensation or land to the white farmers from whom the land was seized two decades ago.
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