President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said while the country has been brought to a standstill by the threat posed by Covid-19 which is killing thousands globally, there is hope over victory over the pandemic in Christ Jesus.
In his Easter message, the President who quoted the Bible verses in his message of hope, said things will be back to normal.
Zimbabwe currently has 11 confirmed cases and three deaths owing to Covid-19 and as a precautionary measure, President Mnangagwa ordered a 21-day national lockdown on March 30.
“As we commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may we be reminded that we have a faithful God, who is ever present, even in the midst of this global threat to life, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This Easter holiday may we be further encouraged by the knowledge that Jesus Christ triumphed over death.
“His love is much more powerful, offering us assurance that the difficulties and challenges that threaten to overwhelm us will be overcome,” said the President.
He added that despite the current challenges owing to the deadly pandemic, citizens have to remain thankful to God for his many blessings.
The President went on to quote the Bible from Romans 8 verse 37, “In all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us.”
President Mnangagwa added that while Easter holidays are synonymous with festivities, it won’t be the case this year owing to the national lockdown to contain further spread of Covid-19.
“I am aware that in the past, the Easter holiday season would see most families, friends as well as worshippers gather together to remember the gift of eternal life given to us by God through the death of and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“Sadly, this will not be possible this holiday, we continue to observe the essential lockdown we instituted to prevent the spread of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
“However, do not despair for the Bible says in Mathew 18 verse 20, where two or three gather, the Lord is present with them,” he said.
He further said residents should continue staying at home practicing good hygiene and social distancing, adding that security patrols will be intensified to ensure citizens adhere to the lockdown orders.
The President also urged citizens to remain hopeful, saying the situation will not last forever.
“There is hope. The situation will not last forever, it will come to pass. Things will go back to normal; but in the meantime, we must be patient and responsible,” he said.
He applauded those men and women who are offering essential services, saying they keeping the country functional.
The President also said as Government they will ensure frontline health workers are provided with the essential Personal Protective Equipment and Personal Protective Clothing as well Covid-19 training.