Victor Maphosa in Marondera
Zimbabweans have yet to get the Covid-19 vaccine to protect against the virus which has killed 5,457 people in the country and 6.18 million worldwide, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said over the weekend.
Addressing hundreds of Mashonaland East members of Young Women For Economic Development at the mushroom pilot project training and graduation ceremony in Marondera, he said they should ignore those who tried to tell them that vaccination was a waste of time.
Vice President Chiwenga, who is Minister of Health and Childcare, has warned critics of the vaccination campaign that their days are numbered.
“As Minister of Health and Childcare, let me take this opportunity to remind everyone that Covid-19 is still with us, that it is not gone yet, so I urges people to get vaccinated against the virus.
“Some mislead and discourage others from getting vaccinated saying it’s a waste of time, we know their program, ‘we know your mission’.
“We see what is happening, however, I repeat, however if you want to disrupt the government program to save the citizens from this virus, where a lot of money has been used for vaccines so that every Zimbabwean can be saved, I am just saying be warned, your misguided machinations will catch up with you very soon,” Vice President Chiwenga said.
Vice President Chiwenga commended Young Women For Economic Development for programs that empower all young women across the country.
“My appreciation goes to the team who took the time to train the young women in mushroom cultivation. I urge those who have benefited from project loans to service those loans and not harm others by default. »
He urged women to be honest and ethical for the good of all.
“We want ethical behavior, a right way of doing things.”
Young Women for Economic Development is a dynamic group of young women aged 16-45, which launched its Mashonaland East chapter in October last year.
They focus on empowering young women through entrepreneurial activities and creating platforms for dialogue so that they unite and help each other by sharing best practices in economic activities.
They also help each other to identify and exploit business opportunities, including markets for their products.
Prior to his address, VP Chiwenga visited stalls where young women exhibited their agricultural and handicraft products.
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Decentralization of Mashonaland East, Dr Aplonia Munzverengwi, has called for more support for the organization.
“I am happy to report that this organization thrives on inclusiveness, empowerment and influence, regardless of color, creed, physical ability or political affiliation. I firmly believe that this initiative will certainly improve the lives of many women, many families and the nation as a whole.
“It is my heartfelt appeal to you Vice President as well as to all the institutions represented here that we give them our full support for the economic growth of our nation, for the achievement of Vision 2030 and the smooth deployment of the National Development Strategy 1.”