HOME AFFAIRS Minister Kazembe Kazembe who was among some ministers and top government officials who recently attended Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa’s birthday bash has announced prohibition of any form of partying during the 2020 festive season.
The Minister said this is so because Zimbabwe is not yet out of the Covid-19 pandemic risk.
Speaking at the launch of the 2020 Festive Season Awareness Campaign at a press conference on Wednesday, Kazembe said police will be out in full force on the lookout for any partying.
“We are not yet out of the Covid-19 woes but the country is in the second wave of the virus. Parties will not be permissible during the festive season,” he said.
“However, weddings will be allowed but still with limited numbers. Police will be out in full force to enforce Covid-19 regulations and to make sure that they are being followed.”
Mutsvangwa defended her hosting a birthday party with the other ministers and senior government officials without observing COVID-19 social distancing protocols or wearing masks saying she did “nothing wrong”.
Mutsvangwa insisted that the attendees to the party, who included ministers Joel Biggie Matiza, Ziyambi Ziyambi and Kazembe Kazembe as well as information secretary Ndavaningi Mangwana, observed all required protocols.
But pictures of the party, which were shared on social media by Mangwana himself, showed the high living officials hugging and partying without masks or any social distancing.
Mutsvangwa said she had no regrets after her family organised the surprise 60th birthday bash for her despite coming after police last week insisted that “weddings, birthdays, house parties, political and other social gatherings which include musical concerts were still banned” while Mangwana also tweeted that gatherings were ‘still limited to two persons.’
“So, my family cannot host a birthday party for me?” she asked rhetorically when NewsDay approached her for a comment.
“I have attended several events in the last week alone. I was in Nyanga, and there were more than 200 guests there. On Friday evening, I was at the Rainbow Towers and there were more than 400 guests there for the awards for Marketers Association of Zimbabwe, and then my family surprises me with a party with 50 guests comprising of my best friends and then it is a problem?