Zimbabwean Defence Minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri recently echoed one of the popular sentiments on the streets of Africa, saying Covid-19 was the enemy of powerful Western nations and not (Zimbabwe) a poor African nation under U.S sanctions.
She said: “Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries that imposed sanctions on us. They are now keeping indoors. Their economies are screaming just like they did to ours. Trump should know that he is not God”.
Before and after she made the provocative statement at a rally of the ruling Zanu-PF party on 14 March, the sentiment was and is still strong among many Africans.
The outbreak of coronavirus further the minds of Africans towards Western countries. An average African dislikes Western nations and believes they are a bunch of wicked people who prey on poor Africans.
Zimbabwe currently has five confirmed cases of coronavirus and one out of the five persons died earlier this week. It was 30-year-old broadcaster and filmmaker, Zororo Makamba.
1 out 5 is 20%: That is scary! Perhaps only few people have been tested due to short of equipment.
Though President Emmerson Mnangagwa corrected his minister saying coronavirus has a traceable scientific origin and knows no boundary.
Gatherings have been banned and schools shut in in Zimbabwe, with hospitals set aside three as quarantine centres.
Outbreak of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe will be dangerous and disastrous as the is already on the verge of collapse.
Health centres don’t have basic equipment, medicine, staff or even regular electricity supply – coronavirus is will be a ‘demonic icing on the cake’.
Coronavirus cases globally currently sits at 597,304 with 27,364 deaths and 131,708 recoveries at March 28 (06:30 CAT).