by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
CONFUSION is reigning supreme over a donation of 4 500 Covid-19 rapid-test kits Namibia allegedly made to Zimbabwe.
Earlier this week, Zimbabwean vice-president Kembo Mohadi confirmed to Newsday, a Zimbabwean daily newspaper, the receipt of the test kits from Namibia.
Zimbabwe’s minister of information and broadcasting services Monica Mutsvangwa corroborated his sentiments to a Namibian daily.
However, Mutsvangwa, who previously lived in Namibia, made an about-turn to The Namibian today saying there was no such donation.
“There was no donation from the Namibian government,” Mutsvangwa said though she earlier confirmed the donation to a Namibian daily on Friday.
Ironically, both the health minister Kalumbi Shangula and deputy prime minister and international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah also kept their cards close to their chest upon inquiry by The Namibian yesterday.
“Where did you hear that we have donated test kits to Zimbabwe? It’s not true, we don’t even have them,” Shangula said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah told The Namibian she was not aware of such a donation. “I do not know anything about it, speak to the health minister.”