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Artists decry selective coronavirus restrictions

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Joshua Malango

Some artists, Sunday, challenged government to lift the gathering restrictions, a measure to reduce the spread of coronavirus, arguing that politicians are not observing the measure as they are holding political campaign rallies of more than 100 people ahead of the July 2 2020 presidential election.

The artists expressed their displeasure with government for the selective application of the restriction measure on a social media discussion that rose after observing that politicians were not following the orders.

Since the opening of the campaign period ahead of the July 2, presidential elections, presidential candidates are criss-crossing the country trying to woo people to vote for them in meetings that are attended by huge gatherings, a clear violation of one of the Covid-19 restriction measure that outlaws any gathering of more than 100 people.

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Gospel musician Khama Khwiliro, observed that was unfair for government to be applying the restrictions selectively saying if politicians were holding rallies then artists and other sectors should also be allowed to do so.

Nde mwati ku politics Covid-19 kulibe inatha kalekale koma kuma gospel shows ikupezeka?,[ So there is no Covid-19 in politics but at a gospel music show?]”queried Khwiliro.

Gospel musician Wendy Harawa, also said politicians were holding rallies without following the restrictions and yet musicians are not allowed to hold shows.

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“This is unfair, we all need to follow the necessary precautionary measures,” Harawa said.

Several other musicians commented on social media saying they should also be allowed to hold performances if restrictions were not being followed.

Musician Soldier Lucius Banda told Times Radio Sunday Debate yesterday that the ground needed to be levelled otherwise things would get out of hand.

“Things are not moving in the right direction, when you agree on restrictions everyone has to follow but it is unfair that others are not following the restriction measures. It is now two months without performances for us.

“The government should be serious. Enforcement is not being followed otherwise if this continues then everyone will be forced to do the same and yet Covid -19 in there,” Banda said.

Ministry of Health spokesperson, Joshua Malango, said to them the issue of preventive measures still stands and that gatherings of not more than 100 were not allowed.

“As a ministry, people should not meet and we are not allowing anyone. It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the necessary preventive measures including politicians. Let us be safe and avoid the pandemic,” Malango told Times Radio Sunday Debate.

The country has so far registered 56 Covid-19 cases.

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