“Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries that imposed sanctions on us,” The Zimababwe defense minster, Oppah Muchinguri said on Saturday.
“They’re now keeping indoors. Their economies are screaming, just like they did to ours. Trump should know that he is not God.” That is the words of the minister speaking at an event organized by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Collaborators Association.
America and the European Union first implemented sanctions on Zimbabwe during the Robert Mugabe era.
According to Zim Live, Alex Magaisa, a former adviser to the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said Muchinguri’s comments were “ignorant and callous.”
“Her disgusting statement showcases the incompetence, ignorance and callousness of the regime. She is the Zanu PF chairperson. She thinks coronavirus is a Western disease. It’s primitive thinking and cheap politicking. She doesn’t appreciate that this is a global pandemic” said Magaisa.
This comes after America renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe.
The renewal comes despite requests by African leaders, including Cyril Ramaphosa, that sanctions should be lifted to give this country a chance to emerge from its economic crisis.