3 escape from Chiredzi quarantine centre

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CHIREDZI police have launched a manhunt for three bor￾der jumpers who fled from a COVID-19 quarantine centre at Rupangwana four days ago.

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The fugitives were part of the 21 people who were intercepted by security agents around Area 18 near Crooks Corner in Malipati, while illegally crossing into the country
from South Africa and were taken to the quarantine centre.

They were identified as Simbarashe Magidi from Muta￾purwa School under Chief Gudo in Chiredzi, Vakiridzai Mabika of ward 24 also under Chief Gudo, and Isaac Chikamhi
from Chenhaka Benzi, Zaka.

Chiredzi district development co-ordinator Lovemore Chisema, who is vice-chairperson of the district COVID-19 taskforce, confirmed the development.

“Yes, I can confirm that three inmates at Rupangwana quarantine centre have escaped and are now on the run.

Police are already on the ground tracking them. We are ap￾pealing to members of the public to help with any useful information that can lead to the arrest of the trio,” he said.

Illegal entry points along Chiredzi district’s porous bor￾ders with both Mozambique and South Africa continue to derail the country’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.