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ED’s nephew tests positive for Covid-19

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s nephew, who is also Zanu PF MP for Harare South, Tongai Mnangagwa, pictured, has publicly announced he has tested positive for the deadly Covid-19 and is currently receiving medication at home, the Daily News reports.

This comes as Parliament suspended the bulk of its business last week after two legislators tested positive to the deadly coronavirus that has now infected more than 4 000 in the country, including 80 deaths as of Monday. It also comes as various companies across the country have been forced to shut down or close branches as their staff members have tested positive for the virus.

In a brief interview with the Daily News yesterday, Tongai said: “I am feeling unwell and in great pain, but I am taking medication at the moment.”

The legislator had earlier disclosed his status to his constituents through a WhatsApp message.

“It is with great dismay that I have to deliver this news to you my friends and colleagues. I have tested positive for coronavirus and I am appealing to everyone who has been in contact with me to take precautionary measures and get tested and/or go into isolation whilst practicing all the safety precautions,” Tongai said.

He called on Zimbabweans to take precautionary measures against the deadly disease as prescribed by the World Health Organisation as well as local health experts.

Tongai also bemoaned the fact that his condition had isolated him from his constituency as well as relatives and friends.
“This is not something easy, it deters you from your loved ones and also affects the people around you that love you. It’s not a situation I would want anyone to be in. It’s a painful road, having to get up each day and hope to make it to the next.

“I sometimes experience pain that is so excruciating that I feel like letting go. This disease has taken away our loved ones and continues to do so and this is sad.

“It would not be fair for me not to open up because I know I work with a lot of people and I do not want to see them lose their lives. I also owe it to the electorate who voted for me to get into Parliament to represent them,” he said.

In a statement last week, clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda revealed that in addition to the two MPs, a journalist and a driver tested positive to the virus as they were all part of a team which conducted field visits across the country.

The deadly virus has claimed the life of Agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, who was buried at the National Heroes Acre on Friday, becoming the most influential person so far in the country to succumb to the killer disease.

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