By Staff Reporter
First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has called upon all women in Zimbabwe and those abroad to join her in prayer and fasting to seek God’s mercy so that the country could be spared from further calamity and suffering being caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.
The First Lady said she, together with other women, would start the prayer and fasting today until the 23rd of this month.
“May I as the mother of the nation call upon all women in Zimbabwe, and all those abroad who may so wish, to join me in fasting and praying to the Lord the Almighty from tomorrow 21 to Saturday 23 January 2021 for our nation to be spared from further calamity and suffering,” said the First Lady.
“Our country has witnessed a lot of Covid-19 deaths in the past two weeks. Death is within our communities, at our doorstep. There is no family that has not suffered the loss of their beloved ones because of the pandemic. Every day, we hear of names that are succumbing.
“I thus humbly appeal to all women to commit to a three-day period from tomorrow in which we fast and pray calling for divine intervention to save the nation and our people,” said the First Lady.
Amai Mnangagwa further called upon women to ensure that every family is abiding by the measures that have been put up by Government to curtail the spread of Covid 19.
“As women, we play a very important role in our society. We hold the family unit together and get it to work for our daily life. Being on the ground at all times, we are the custodians of values and measures that protect us at the smallest unit of society. I call upon you that as we pray to the Almighty for his mercy and grace, we also use that power bestowed upon us by society to ensure that every family is abiding by the measures that have been put in place by Government to curtail the spread of the infectious disease. As mothers, let us enforce compliance at the family level with measures that reduce the spread of Covid-19 amongst us,” said the First Lady.
Amai Mnangagwa emphasized the importance of hygiene that has been prescribed by health authorities.
“We need a plan at the household level for regularly using any means at our disposal to clean and sanitize our homes, to ensure that everyone in the home knows the importance of having a mask and masking up properly; more importantly to organize sharp safe errands for our requirements to get going whilst enforcing the family to stay at home,” said Amai Mnangagwa.
The First Lady implored the media to help in spreading the message so that the nation can pray together.
She said Covid 19 is killing our loved ones and thanked frontline workers who are working tirelessly to combat the spread of Covid 19.
“I want to thank members of the health profession, our frontline heroes that continue to provide assistance to the sick, screening through testing to know the rate of infection and spreading awareness messages that help in compliance.
“I thank members of the security forces for a sterling job in enforcing compliance with the Covid-19 regulations. We encourage you to keep up the good work for the security of our nation. Let us all do our part and save the nation from greater catastrophe,” added the First Lady.
Amai Mnangagwa further urged people to practice social distance, to mask up and observe good personal hygiene.
The country is battling Covid 19 which has so far claimed 879 lives since March last year when the disease was first diagnosed in Zimbabwe.