Masvingo Police continue to open beer halls despite Covid-19



MASVINGO – The lawlessness and folly with Police chiefs in Masvingo is astounding.

Beer halls at Police stations and camps remain open and patronized even when many people including big guns like former Reserve Bank director Norman Mataruka have started dying from Corona Virus. It is also suspected that the Minister of Agriculture Perence Shiri and his driver have also died of Corona Virus.

The Mirror was shocked during a survey yesterday evening that the beer hall at Chikato Police Station in Mucheke was open and packed with imbibers. This is despite an earlier article where the Officer Commanding Masvingo, Taonei Nyazema vehemently refuted the allegations that the bars were open.

President Mnangagwa banned the opening of all beer halls in the country with effect from March 2020.

A Mirror reporter called Nyazema at 6:06pm yesterday to alert him that Chikato Bar was open. He asked the reporter to wait for him at the spot so he could see for himself but Nyazema did not pitch up.

Nyazema believes that there is no Corona Virus in Masvingo and the bans on beer halls can only take place in places like Harare and Bulawayo where people have died.

Beer outlets have been established all over the world to be the most lethal points for the spread of the Corona Virus.

“No bars are open. If you are insisting that the bar at Chikato camp is open tell me who is in the bar? I am driving to Chikato now. Wait for me if the bar is open,” said Nyazema.

Efforts to get a comment from the Minister of Home Affairs, Kazembe Kazembe were fruitless.

The Mirror last week raised alarm that Police and Army camp bars have remained open since the lockdown began and are even allowing civilians to play snooker and darts.

The bars were temporarily closed on Wednesday and Thursday last week but they are open again.

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