The Sunday News
Vusumuzi Dube, Senior Reporter
THE Government has reiterated that no one will be exempted from mandated quarantine centres as this was a means of curtailing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This comes amid reports that some Zimbabweans in the Diaspora were making enquiries to be exempted from quarantine in order to attend funerals of their loved ones who would have been repatriated into the country.
Posting on his Twitter account, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services, Mr Nick Mangwana said quarantine regulations were implemented for all returning citizens without prejudice.
“There are a number of enquiries from bereaved foreign based Zimbabweans wanting to bring the remains of dearly departed relatives home and attend the sending offs. “Public Health Regulations in place to protect communities are such that you can’t be exempted from being quarantined,” wrote Mr Mangwana.
Meanwhile, Mr Mangwana said that Government was working on modalities to resume the printing of passports noting that a number of Zimbabweans in the diaspora were caught in a catch 22 situation after the expiry of their travel documents.
“The lockdown measures in place to protect lives affected a lot of services. One such disturbed service is the production of passports.
“This has affected some of our nationals in the Diaspora seeking to renew their documents. Govt is aware of the problem and working on solutions,” he said.