More Zanu-PF bigwigs test positive for coronavirus

ZANU-PF communications director Tafadzwa Mugwadi has tested positive for Covid-19.

Mugwadi is one of more than a dozen Zanu-PF employees and their family members who have caught the virus at the party’s Harare headquarters.

The party’s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu and his wife Sikhanyisiwe have gone into isolation after also testing positive for the respiratory illness, although they are reported to be stable.

Mugwadi said he was informed of his positive test last Friday. Mugwadi took to microblogging site Twitter to announce that he was self-isolating at home and is adhering to all medical tips to suppress the virus.

“I will adhere to every medical tip as I battle this pandemic with my family,” Mugwadi wrote on his social media account. “I’m home self-isolating and recovering well,” he said.

Zanu-PF has been hosting party meetings at his HQ including a cocktail for journalists last week. The 15-story building was temporarily sealed off to allow for disinfection processes.

The party is currently conducting internal elections at district level, although the government has banned by-elections citing public health concerns.

Most of the officials work from the building and were feared to have been in close contact with the infected. To make matters worse, they were currently reportedly deployed across the country for the party district co-ordinating committee (DCC) elections, whereas according to protocol, they should be in self-isolation.

Over the weekend, Independent Norton Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa also confirmed that his sister, a Zanu-PF official and Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka, had been battling COVID-19 in self isolation. Mliswa said she was now well after receiving treatment in Harare.

On Tuesday night, Zimbabwe declared 73 new cases including nine deaths in Harare. In total, the country has seen 10,912 Covid-19 cases which have resulted in 303 deaths. At least 9,062 have recovered. ■

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