Mnangagwa Abandons Offices For State House Following Zororo Makamba Visit

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By Idah Mhetu

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa Monday vacated his Munhumutapa government offices in central Harare following revelations that the late Zororo Makamba had visited the premise before his shock death from coronavirus.

Presidential spokesperson, George Charamba said Mnangagwa was from Monday this week, working from State House as a precautionary measure after Makamba’s visit last week to Munhumutapa Building.

Makamba was admitted at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital last Friday. He later died on Monday, becoming the first confirmed death in Zimbabwe from the dreaded disease.

“I must confirm that the late Zororo Makamba paid a visit to both the Ministry of Finance and also the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC),” said Charamba.

He said at the OPC offices, Makamba met three staff members who have since been placed under the mandatory 21-day quarantine.

“In the course of his meeting, he came in contact with three staff members from our office. Those people have since been placed under 21-day quarantine apart from the measures that the medical team has recommended. On Sunday our offices were fumigated ensuring that there is decontamination,” said Charamba.

Mnangagwa usually holds his Cabinet briefings at the Munhumutapa building, but this Tuesday, all the ministers were summoned to State House for the meeting.

However, other government ministries such as the Ministry of Information are still operating from Munhumutapa Building.

Makamba, son to top businessman and Zanu PF politician, James Makamba, was the second person to be diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus after his return from the US early this month.