Enforcement of COVID-19 protocols at ports of entry

By ZBC Reporter

Among the resolutions of the 41st Cabinet meeting held this Tuesday is the urgent need for the country to immediately adopt and implement the recently announced World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines in response to the new COVID -19 variant, Omicron.

This was revealed by the Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa in a Post Cabinet Media Briefing held this Tuesday.

“As the country goes into the festive season, and in order to reduce the risk of importing the new variant, in addition to strengthening COVID-19 surveillance and enforcement of protocols, vigilance of returning residents will be enhanced as well as at illegal or undesignated entry points,” she said.

Cabinet was also updated on the uptake of Pfumvudza/Intwasa inputs, amid indications that the scheme has received overwhelming support with 2, 484 million households now part of the climate proof farming concept.

“Cabinet is pleased to advise that subscription for the Climate-Proofed Presidential Inputs Pfumvudza/Intwasa Supply Scheme has been overwhelming, with 2.484 million households already rolling out the programme, compared to the 1.5 million which were rolled out at the same time last year,” she added.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa led cabinet in observing a minute of silence in honour of the late Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency-ZIDA Mr Douglas Munatsi who died on Monday.

“Before considering the update on the ease of doing business, His Excellency the President, Cde Dr E.D Mnangagwa led Cabinet, in observing a moment of silence in honour of the late Mr Douglas Munatsi, the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA), who sadly passed on in an inferno yesterday morning. Cabinet takes this opportunity to express its condolences to the Munatsi family on this national loss of a man who was at the helm of the operations of transforming Zimbabwe’s Ease of Doing Business environment under the Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra. May his dear soul rest in eternal peace!”

As the country seeks to ensure consistent fuel supplies, cabinet received and approved the principles for the proposed amendment to the Pipelines Act.

“Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that the proposed amendments seek to provide for the protection of the fuel pipeline and the environment thereby guaranteeing consistent fuel supplies,”said Mutsvangwa.

Cabinet was also updated on the outcome of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP 26) held recently in Glasgow, Scotland.