Teacher Drags VP Chiwenga To Court Over Mandatory Vaccination
A Kwekwe-based primary school teacher, Mercy Mjikwa, has dragged Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga to court over new Covid-19 rules targeting unvaccinated citizens.
In an urgent chamber application, Mjikwa and Tolerance Nyamukapa are seeking to overturn the regulations, which bar unvaccinated people from sitting-in in restaurants, to be declared unlawful.
On September 17, Chiwenga, who is also Zimbabwe’s Vice President, issued Statutory Instrument (SI) 228B, which ordered all restaurants and hotels offering restaurant services to serve customers on a sit-in basis only to fully vaccinated customers.
The SI also allows public gatherings for a maximum of 100 people subject to strict adherence with Covid-19 regulations such as wearing of face masks, temperature checks, sanitising of hands, and social distancing.
Mjikwa argues the rule could affect her ability to participate in public gatherings, enter public places, and she might lose her job. the High Court application reads:
I submit that the compulsory vaccine mandate contained in the Statutory Instrument above is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution and, therefore, invalid to that extent,
For the government to impose vaccination…is not only to invade my dignity but to also attack it irreparably.
Mjikwa also cited Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe, Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, and Attorney-General Prince Machaya as the respondents.
She told the court the new mandate should be declared illegal as it disregards the public’s constitutional rights to choose and is in breach of sections 134, 51, 56, 58, 66, 68, and 71 of the Constitution.
The matter is yet to be heard.
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