Parliament has, with immediate effect, suspended business after two legislators tested positive to Covid-19.
Adv Mudenda said a driver of the bus and a journalist who were part of the tour, also tested positive and are isolating. All members of the committee were tested after the two showed some symptoms.
The development was announced in a statement by the clerk of Parliament. We present the statement in full below.
It is with a heavy heart that Parliament announces the suspension of most of its business due to exposure of some Members & Parliament to COVID-19. As at this morning, only two Members of Parliament had been confirmed positive. A driver from one of our service providers and a journalist who were part of the team also tested positive. Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected and their families. The Members were part of a team that had been on field visits around the country. Everyone who was part of that team is now in self-quarantine in line with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare guidelines This measure has been taken to safeguard the health of Members of Parliament, staff and the public who interact with the institution. Consequently, tomorrow’s sitting for the National Assembly will be done with very limited numbers for the sole purpose of adjourning to a future date This will allow for the deep-cleaning and disinfection of the Parliament Building and contact tracing and testing of those who came into contact with the affected Members of Parliament.
Parliament of Zimbabwe will continue to monitor the situation and Members of the public will be duly advised of the date of resumption of the business of Parliament. Those who intend to submit any documentation to Parliament or those seeking information from Parliament are kindly requested to utilize the following email addresses, firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com