Govt reiterates position on vaccination of people without IDs

By Colette Musanyera

Government has reiterated that citizens who do not have national identity cards should not be turned away at vaccination centres.

The issue of some undocumented citizens who are being turned away at vaccination centres came under spotlight during this Wednesday’s parliamentary session, with legislators raising concern over the development.

In response, the Acting leader of the House, Professor Amon Murwira emphasised that COVID-19 is not discriminatory, hence no one should be left behind, with or without identify documents.

“Covid-17 affects those with IDs and those without and according to government policy, vaccination should be done on everyone,” he said.

Concern was also raised over power outages, with the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Honourable Soda Zhemu explaining the rationale and measures being put in place to alleviate the situation.

“We have seen demand for electricity going up due to various economic activities. We have to ration the available electricity. Currently are producing 900 megawatts from Kariba and 400 from Hwange. The region is also constrained. South Africa and Mozambique are not giving us enough. Discussions with Mozambique and Zambia for additional 180 megawatts and 100 megawatts respectively, are currently underway,” he said.

The ZETDC released a load shedding schedule last Sunday indicating that it was experiencing power shortfalls due to generation constraints at Hwange power station, limited imports and dam wall rehabilitation at Kariba.