By Wallace Mawire
Zimbabwe’s Clerk of Parliament has today made an announcement that its is is with a heavy heart that Parliament has suspended most of its business due to exposure of some members and parliament to COVID-19.
Its is reported that as of today, only two Members of Parliament had been confirmed positive.
It is added that a driver from one of the service providers and a journalist who were part of the team also tested positive.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected and their families. The Members were part of a team that had been on field visits around the country. Everyone who was part of that team is now in self-quarantine in line with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare guidelines,” the Clerk said.
It is reported that the measure has been taken to safeguard the health of Members of Parliament, staff and the public who interact with the institution.
It is added that, tomorrow’s sitting for the National Assembly will be done with very limited numbers for the sole purpose of adjourning to a future date.
It is added that this will allow for the deep-cleaning and disinfection of the Parliament building and contact tracing and testing of those who came into contact with the affected Members of Parliament.
“Parliament of Zimbabwe will continue to monitor the situation and Members of the public will be duly advised of the date of resumption of the business of Parliament,” the Clerk said.