Parliament suspended after MPs test positive for Covid-19

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Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda

THE Parliament of Zimbabwe has been forced to adjourn after two Members of Parliament tested positive for Covid-19.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda confirmed the adjournment during his keynote address at a review workshop by the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for the Portfolio Committee on Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and the Thematic Committee on Human Rights held at a local hotel in Mutare on Monday.

Mudenda said the confirmed Covid-19 cased have necessitated the adjournment of the House.

“We have adjourned Parliament starting from tomorrow (Tuesday). We have two Members of Parliament, a staff member and a journalist who tested positive to Covid-19,” he said.

“The two were part of a team that was out with the Portfolio Committee on Transport and they started showing signs of the virus. They were tested and were positive,” Mudenda said.

“We will find ways of proceeding with Parliament business and we will do it through virtual meetings. So, do not go there (Parliament) because if we do not do that, it is an act of paralysis,” he said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently imposed a curfew and reinstated strict measures to curb the spread of the virus following daily spikes in cases.

To date, Zimbabwe has registered 2 512 positive cases, with deaths now at 36.

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