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Zimbabwe bans gatherings ‘to fight cholera’

Police in Zimbabwe have banned all public gatherings in the capital, Harare, to control the spread of cholera, which has killed 21 people and infected more than 2,000 other residents.

Mrs Olivia Nyuke (left) from Glen View 8 receives water containers, bars of washing soap and water treating tablets from Mr Collin Bacha at Glen View 1 Hall in Harare yesterday. The non-food items were donated by Unicef to residents in cholera-affected suburbs and distributed by Oxfam. — Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda
Mrs Olivia Nyuke (left) from Glen View 8 receives water containers, bars of washing soap and water treating tablets from Mr Collin Bacha at Glen View 1 Hall in Harare. The non-food items were donated by Unicef to residents in cholera-affected suburbs and distributed by Oxfam. — Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda

It comes a day after the authorities declared a state of emergency over the outbreak – blamed on two infected boreholes:

Harare City Council has struggled to supply water to some suburbs for more than a decade, forcing people to rely on wells and community boreholes for water.

The country suffered its biggest cholera outbreak in 2008 – at the height of an economic meltdown, which hampered the medical response to the crisis. More than 4,000 people died.

BBC Africa’s Stanley Kwenda has tweeted the police statement – and questioned whether the ban affects political gatherings.

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa had planned to hold a rally on Saturday with plans for a mock presidential swearing in – to protest against the victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in July’s election. BBC News