Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Zimbabwe’s minister of defence and war veterans made a coronavirus statement saying the virus was unleashed by God to deal with US President Donald Trump and other Western countries for imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe.
“Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries that imposed sanctions on us. They are now keeping indoors. Their economies are screaming just like they did to ours. Trump should know that he is not God.”
Right now Zimbabwe has not officially registered a coronavirus case, but the Senior Hospitals Doctors Association warns that the country is poorly prepared and incapacitated to detect the virus.
Last week the US extended sanctions on Zimbabwe, and ministry of information and broadcasting services permanent secretary Nick Mangwana said: “We find this a baffling position.”
Opposition politicians, activists and ordinary citizens took to social media to attack the minister for her “stigmatisation” of the epidemic and “bankruptcy of ideas”.