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President Mnangagwa holds a rally barely a day after banning public gatherings due to Coronavirus

President Mnangagwa holds a rally barely a day after banning public gatherings due to Coronavirus. The President himself was the one who announced, yesterday, that all public gatherings of 100 or more people have been suspended for the next 60 days. In the same announcement, the President declared the coronavirus a national disaster.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has surprisingly held a political rally barely 24 hours after the government banned all public gatherings as preventive measures against the coronavirus.

The ban on public gatherings includes church meetings and sports events. However, it does not seem to apply to the ruling ZANU PF’s political events.

According to the Herald, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in Nyanga, Manicaland where he just commissioned a new pump house for the Nyakomba irrigation scheme at Chatindo Secondary School.


After commissioning the irrigation scheme, President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be addressing a ZANU PF political rally at Bumhira Secondary School at Nyamaropa. At the time of writing, “thousands of people” had already gathered and were waiting to be addressed by the President.

Zanu-PF-RallyMnangagwa was accompanied by senior government officials who include Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, Agriculture Minister Perrance Shiri and Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba.


According to state media, Nyakomba Irrigation scheme which is in Nyanga North was rehabilitated and expanded with the aid of the Government of Japan.

The irrigation scheme, which was built in 1985 through a joint partnership between Zimbabwe and Japan, has a total of 761ha, benefiting about 1200 households. The scheme was affected by floods in 2006 and was rehabilitated and expanded between 2016 and 2019.

The Japanese Ambassador is reported to not have attended the event despite being on the programme.

Curiously, all the tweets detailing how President Emmerson Mnangagwa is holding a political rally in defiance of his own ban on public gatherings due to coronavirus have since been deleted from the Herald’s social media accounts. However, iHarare had taken a few screenshots.


After massive criticism online for holding a political rally a day after banning public gatherings, President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the people attending the rally that the ban on public gatherings will only come into effect on Friday 20 March 2020.

Source – iHarare

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