Harare-Zimbabwe returning home in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic should not expect to be accommodated in five star facilities because the country is going through a major health crisis a cabinet minister has said.
Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavhima said this during the weekly post cabinet press briefing in Harare.
Sixty five Zimbabweans returned from the United Kingdom and were placed under quarantine at Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College under what they termed inhumane facilities.
The facilities have no running water, electricity and are dilapidated.
“The UK returnees have to bear with us. You cannot expect a first-class facility in a country where there is a crisis. The country is facing a national disaster, but we do not want them to be in squalid conditions. That is why I will be going to Belvedere Teachers College to assess the situation,” said Mavhima.
“We never had issues when we took people to ZIPAM. Cabinet has made a decision that even if ZIPAM has space, we can’t quarantine new people there as everyone tested negative. That is why I am going to Belvedere Teachers to investigate their complaints,” he said.