The Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun, dismissed the Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri’s notion that coronavirus is God’s punishment on Western countries.
Speaking at the press conference held in Harare today, Shaochun remarked the virus as a pandemic that has struck the world that needs unity.
“I do not agree with the notion that this is God’s punishment, rather it a natural disaster that could hit anywhere henceforth there is need for us to unite and strategize enough vetting sytems at all border post,” he said.
He further testified that there is no Zimbabwean residing in China that has been affected by the virus yet.
Speaking at the same press conference minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe said there is no need to panic because there is no danger for Zimbabwe as far as the virus is concerned.
Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri at the weekend insinuated that COVID-19 was God’s response to countries that imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe.
Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri was speaking at a Zimbabwe National Liberation War Collaborators Association meeting in Chinhoyi on Saturday.
She said in Shona: “This coronavirus that has come are sanctions against the countries that have imposed sanctions on us. God is now punishing them now and they are staying indoors now, while their economy is screaming like what they did to ours by imposing sanctions on us.
“Trump should know that he is not God. They must face the consequences of coronavirus, so that they also feel the pain.”