By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
MDC-Alliance national spokesperson, Fadzai Mahere has tested positive of the novel coronavirus, few days after she was granted a $10, 000 bail by magistrate Trynos Utawashe.
Mahere confirmed this report through her official Facebook account.
“Despite having been in an “isolation cell” and the “quarantine section” at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, I have tested positive for COVID-19, following seven days of pre-trial incarceration,” she said.
The prominent lawyer (Mahere) also mentioned the imminent danger of Zimbabwe’s prisons, describing them as a ‘threat’ to the inmates.
Furthermore, she expressed her grief to the inmates who are currently in Chikurubi maximum prison, indicating that the inmates earnestly require adequate PPEs.
“While I currently only have a cough and fever, I have chosen to share my results to draw attention to the deplorable state of our prison conditions and the very real threat faced by inmates at these facilities. I believe that in my own life, all experiences good and bad have been willed by God to teach me something deeper about humanity.
“My present focus is a return to good health but my heart breaks for the many inmates whom I left behind. In this moment, I pray that my experiences spur us into action for those who society has tucked away in silence and mostly forgotten. They don’t even have the most basic need – running water. This is before we look at soap, sanitizer, clean masks and proper facilities to enable social distancing. Their lives matter. I call on those with the authority to change things to look at the state of our prisons and respond accordingly,” advocate Mahere posted on her Facebook.
Recently, Advocate Mahere was charged for publishing falsehoods via social media.
Mahere twitted about a police officer who allegedly was said he beat a 9-month old child to death in Harare.