ZANU PF Masvingo Deputy Provincial Chairperson and Zaka North MP, Robson Mavhenyengwa, recently said COVID-19 vaccination slips will soon be used as gate passes to party meetings.
Mavhenyengwa made the remarks during a Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting held at Great Zimbabwe University’s Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences.
He urged the party leaders to lead by example and get vaccinated first so that they encourage their subordinates to get vaccinated. Said Mavhenyengwa:
You as the leadership should be vaccinated so that the people you lead will copy from you. How can you encourage people to be vaccinated when you are not?
Soon we will introduce a system where only those who have been vaccinated will be allowed into our meetings.
You will be asked to produce your vaccination slip here as proof to be admitted into the meetings.
If you cannot walk around with the slip you will have to scan it and bring the picture here on your phone.
Mavhenyengwa also warned party leadership against campaigning for positions (for Council and Parliament) saying it was too early for that and said they can only campaign for ZANU PF and the President.
The guest of honour at the event, Christopher Mutsvangwa who is a Politburo member and Secretary for Science and Technology praised the way people were being vaccinated in Zimbabwe saying a number of countries were admiring Zimbabwe in terms of the vaccination role out. He said:
Zimbabwe is among the few countries that have so far managed to vaccinate a huge number of people. Even the likes of Julius Malema from South Africa have acknowledged that. People in Australia and other European countries have acknowledged that.
Zimbabwe has so far inoculated 770 709, with 544 888 of those who have been vaccinated receiving the two jabs. The country is using Chinese developed COVID-19 vaccines, sinopharm and sinovac which are available for free to citizens.