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Zimbabwe registers shock jump in new Covid 19 infections

A new high record of 774 new Covid-19 cases was recorded Sunday as the country grapples with the rise in infections across the country, the health ministry confirmed.

The latest figures are a jump from 407 recorded Saturday.

According to its daily Covid-19 update, 774 new cases, three deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

“All 774 are local cases: 571 from Harare alone. The three deaths were reported in Bulawayo, Manicaland and Mashonaland East,” the health ministry update reads.

A total of 15 265 cases have been confirmed since March last year, including 11 574 recoveries and 380 deaths.

The shocking rise in Covid-19 cases come when the government has from Tuesday this week reintroduced the strict Level IV lockdown restrictions that will close all informal and most formal businesses across the country. NewZimbabwe

Residents Hail ED’s Call For HCC Audit

The decision by President Mnangagwa to call for a forensic audit at Harare City Council has been received with much joy from the ratepayers who said this development was long overdue step in the right direction.

The ratepayers believe this will bring sanity at the corruption riddled MDC-led council.

There have been serious allegations of unethical practices within the council. These have covered recruitment, tender processes, land allocations, housing waiting lists, lease agreements, trips for officials and councillors, and outright manipulation of council committee system.

Harare Residents Trust director Mr Precious Shumba said the forensic audit for the City of Harare was long overdue as council’s businesses were being run along partisan politics and unprofessional conduct.

“The Auditor General’’s Office has consistently produced reports that reveal widespread abuse of power and authority. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Central Government has given this directive for a forensic audit. It is necessary and justified from a public policy perspective,” he said.

Zimbabwe National Organisation of Associations and Residents Trusts chairman Mr Shalvar Chikomba said this is a welcome development as the President has had the cries of residents.

“We applaud him for making this decision now that two thirds of the councillors are being investigated of corruption a commission should be appointed to run city of Harare. We have been calling for these audits to be done in all cities, towns and rural district councils, we also call upon judiciary system to stop the catch and release syndrome, if these office bearers are found guilty we need to see justice served,” he said.

Zimbabwe Combined Residents Association (Zicora) president Mr McSteven Nyabvure said representative democracy in council collapsed a long time ago hence President Mnangagwa made the most correct decision to direct the Auditor General to conduct a forensic audit for the local authority. Herald

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