Govt to holistically eradicate recurrence of medieval diseases

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government will pursue both short and long term measures to holistically eradicate the recurrence of medieval diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

The President also paid tribute to local and foreign corporates and well wishers for their collaboration with the Zimbabwean government in the fight against the cholera epidemic that has so far claimed 32 lives.

After officially opening the first session of the 9th Parliament of Zimbabwe, President Mnangagwa had an opportunity to address legislators, traditional leaders, leaders of local authorities and provincial councillors during a luncheon hosted for him by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

His message was clear that it is time to unite as a country and work on long term solutions to eradicate water borne diseases such as cholera.

He said the government has heard the cries of the victims of the water borne diseases, and it is time to capacitate local authorities in the areas of provision of clean water and solid waste disposal.

“Zimbabweans should put aside their differences, everyone from provincial councils to local authorities and traditional leaders, has a role to play in the development of the country,” said the President.

President Mnangagwa implored legislators to perform their oversight role of bringing to account all arms of government including councils.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo reiterated the call for government and councils to work together for the good of the country.

The new government has already spelt out its vision of eradicating poverty, creating employment and a middle class economy by 2030.