Biti says he has strategy on Coronavirus

Zimbabwean former Finance minister Tendai Biti

Zimbabwean former Finance minister Tendai Biti, also main opposition MDC Alliance deputy president, says the virulent Covid-19 pandemic, surging and killing more people, won’t be defeated by empty political rhetoric without a coherent strategy, vaccine plan and a budget for it.
Biti says the fact that the country’s key political leaders and their business cronies are under Covid-19 siege locally as they can’t go out for urgent medical treatment should serve as a big lesson.

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“President Emmerson Mnangagwa, his ministers and their cronies are marooned locally, they can’t go to South Africa, Singapore and China, but they have destroyed hospitals; now facing the consequences. They should have invested in health, but they didn’t, hence people are dying.”

“Some of these fatalities would have been avoided if we had a functioning healthcare system, hospitals, doctors, nurses, drugs and equipment. We don’t have all the basics; the system is a shell. That’s why people are dying like this. We could have partly avoided this situation.”

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday addressed the nation in panic after recent heightened deaths, including high profile ones, rallying people to be united in the fight against the spreading Covid-19 pandemic, which he said will be defeated.

Source – online