President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday hinted that individuals who are refusing to take the coronavirus vaccine will not get jobs and essential services.
Addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters who gathered the commissioning of the Epping Forest Water Supply Augmentation Project for Bulawayo and the ground-breaking ceremony of the Gwayi-Shangani-Bulawayo pipeline project in Nyamandlovu, Umguza District, Matabeleland North, President Mnangagwa reiterated that vaccination was voluntary but added those who refused to take the vaccine won’t get jobs.
“You are not forced to be vaccinated but time shall come when those who are not vaccinated won’t get jobs and won’t be able to board ZUPCO buses. So, decide what you do.” He said.
President Mnangagwa’s remarks are a clear departure from the government’s policy that vaccination is voluntary as there is a possibility that citizens won’t get jobs if they refuse to take the vaccine.
The president spoke following his deputy Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga who is also the minister of Health and Child Care last week volunteered to be the first person to be vaccinated with the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine.