Coronavirus: Machakaire urges youths to mitigate against effects

THE deputy Minister of Youth, Sport,Arts and Recreation Tinoda Machakaire
  • deputy youth minister urges youths to intensify fight against COVID-19
  • hails young businessman in  sanitiser production

YOUTH, Sports and Culture deputy minister Tinodaishe Machakaire on Tuesday called on the youths to get involved in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Machakaire made the sentiments in his keynote speech delivered during a tour of local chemical manufacturing company CAIRDE Hygenics’ factory in Harare .

The company is owned by a youthful entrepreneur Raymond Mutadza, a former coordinator of Miss World Zimbabwe.

The company has increased production of hand sanitisers in tandem with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for the private sector to complement government efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

“What we are seeing here is the role that young people can play during these trying times.

“Let’s all put our shoulders on the deck and ensure that we fight COVID-19 as one,” Machakaire said.

He also took the opportunity to raise awareness on the detrimental effects of COVID-19  on human life and economy.

Machakaire appealed to the youths to refrain from abusing social media by peddling fake news that causes despondency and posting distasteful jokes about the pandemic.

“COVID-19 is real and sending or forwarding jokes about the pandemic is being irresponsible; you will only realise how real it is when it affects the ones you know and love

Let’s avoid crowded places, I know most of the young work on their own, but it is better to be safe than to be the late, “ Machakaire remarked.

Zanu PF secretary for youths Tendai Chirau was part of the delegation that  the toured the factory.

He implore the youths to fight COVID-19 as an united front , and disregard political differences.

“There is no longer time for politicking.

“It’s time we put our differences aside and confront this pandemic as one.

“We should also support what people like Mutadza are doing.

“They are helping our communities in the fight against the virus,” Chirau said.

Zanu PF National Deputy Secretary For Indigenisation and Empowerment in the Youth League, Mike Chimombe was also in attendance.

Raymond Mutadza demonstrating the production process to Mike Chimombe (in blue shirt), Tino Machakaire (centre) , Tendai Chirau and the delegation (pic credit Robert Bhamu for Conical Tower)

Meanwhile, CAIRDE Hygienic began its operations in 2017, manufacturing different detergents domestic and industrial use.

Given their capacity, they have spread wings into the production of sanitisers in the face of COVID-19 where there is great need and demand of the product.

“We started operating in 2017, producing different detergents but due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to focus more on hand sanitisers as a social responsibility measure , we take heed to President Mnangagwa’s call for business people to resist the temptation of profiteering because of the huge demand,” Mutadza said.

The company has installed a hand sanitiser machine at the Central Intelligence Department headquarters in Harare and they are currently working on extending the same gesture to the Zimbabwe Prisons Services.

Zimbabwe has so far recorded three cases of coronavirus and the first casualty was Zororo Makamba who passed on Monday at Wilkins Hospital.

He was buried at the family farm in Blue Ridge, Mashonaland East province.

He was son to renowned businessman and broadcaster James Makamba.

The disease has already claimed thousands of people around the globe.

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