A local advocacy organisation has petitioned President Robert Mugabe to use his executive powers to proclaim mandatory HIV testing in the country in order to curb and reduce the spread of the pandemic.

An organisation called Citizens AIDS Survival Trust (CAST) has signed a petition at a press conference urging President Mugabe to use his constitutional and executive powers to proclaim mandatory HIV testing in the country.

The organisation’s executive director Retired Brigadier General David Chiweza said the scourge of HIV calls for immediate implementation of mandatory HIV testing as the only way to curb the spreading of the pandemic.

The petition states that the constitution empowers the President to curtail liberties for the purpose of preventing infectious, contagious and communicable diseases.