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Outrage as 65 returning UK Zimbos refuse college quarantine, demand hotel

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By Staff Reporter


A GROUP of 65 returning Zimbabweans from United Kingdom has reportedly refused to be taken for compulsory quarantine in Harare’s Belvedere Teachers College while demanding hotel accommodation.

This was revealed Monday by Information ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana.

“We received 65 Zimbabweans from United Kingdom. Available place of quarantine is Belvedere Teacher’s College.

“They are refusing the accommodation demanding hotels,” Mangwana said.

Mangwana did not disclose if these were locals who had travelled on a vacation to the UK or they were Zimbabweans now staying in the UK.

It is now a requirement for returning locals to undergo 21-days of quarantine in the country, before they can join their families.

The policy stance is an attempt by world countries to avoid the spread of Covid-19 after the disease is being spread by nationals returning from countries worst affected by the pandemic.

Government is struggling to provide basics for poor locals who are starving during the current lockdown period against the spread of coronavirus.

What they are refusing

What they want

The stance by the returning nationals have set twitter buzzing with many locals rebuking their compatriots for perceived arrogance.

@Stanford Bantu said, “Tell them it’s mandatory. Their opinion doesn’t matter at this juncture.”

Is Belvedere Teachers bad, I think one should be reasonable for sake of humanity.

@Kuda Mugova tweeted, “Lock them up. Chikurubi will be ideal. They can try Chikurubi given that some returnees tested positive after a while we can’t take a chance.

Some felt those demanding special accommodation were performing degrading jobs in the UK and should not act special when they return to their kins.