Minex Chairman Munyaradzi Hwengwere has noted that the government has done a number of things right in managing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic including crafting lockdown policies backed by statutory regulations.
This comes after government gazetted Statutory Instrument 99 of 2020 following the Level 2 national lockdown announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week.
The measures show a balancing act that allows the reopening of some formal businesses coupled with extra caution and enhanced testing to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The new law prescribes hefty penalties of up to $36 000 or a year in jail for those who fail to comply.
Speaking on Great Dyke Television during his Covid-19 business lessons series Hwengwere said that government should however clearly state the objectives of each level so that people can be able to track its achievements and progress.
“l think there are many things the government could have done better, but there are some things they have done better, the framing of the issues has been very good.
“Telling people that you actually have a problem that requires you to observe social distance, you have a problem that requires that you get to know your status in terms of COVID 19, but also saying we also take note of the challenges you will have for the economy.
“So the framing has been correct, even understanding that policy must be followed up by statutory regulation seems to me it has been correct.
“By and large the government has done right, even by its submission,” he said.
He added,” I wish if the government had told us that we are on level 1 and we wish we had been transparent enough to say this is level 4, it’s been this and these are the objectives, so that we can all then say, have we succeeded as a country?
“I think it is important as a country to say we have levels and they are good.
“Let’s be clear about those levels and then let’s say when we have met certain criteria we then move to another level, so the government could have been really transparent in terms of its levels.
“We said we are going to have 40 000 tests by end of April, however by the end of April the number was below 10 000, so even the government has not met its targets.”
Speaking to journalists in Harare recently, Health and Child Care Minister Dr. Obadiah Moyo said a massive testing programme will be rolled out around the country soon, including both rapid testing and the more comprehensive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests.
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