Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babis, came across as ready to ax his newly appointed health minister, Roman Prymula, on Friday after he infringed the country’s new, stricter coronavirus regulations, according to an Al Jazeera report.
Should Have Known Better Than to Breach the Rules
Roman Prymula, the primary author of the regulations, was photographed on Wednesday night by the tabloid Blesk, per the Guardian.
Prymula, an epidemiologist, exited the Prague restaurant that appears unjustifiably open to VIP guests.
In addition, he got into a vehicle without a face mask in Prague’s Vysehrad district, per Al Jazeera.
Blesk, a Czech tabloid, wrote an article accompanying the implicating photos of Prymula.
It said that the health minister “literally” mocks all “ those who accept” his guidelines a disciplined manner,” per the Guardian.
The incriminating images appeared a day after the Czech Republic recorded 15,000 Covid cases.
Let’s Practice What We Preach
Babis said that if Prymula won’t quit voluntarily, he will dismiss him, per AP.
PM Babis said Friday that he will meet with Czech President Milos Zeman to discuss Prymula’s possible successor.
Babis said that “there’s no other solution,” but his “resignation.”
If we want the people to abide by the rules, it is us who have to “set an example,” Babis said.
Furthermore, “We can’t preach water and drink wine,” Babis added.
Zdenek Hrib, Prague mayor, also chastised Prymula for his behavior, per Al Jazeera.
Hrib encouraged Czechs to follow the health restrictions despite the top politicians’ behavior.
Some think they are better than others.
However, the law “applies to all” regardless of “status.”
We “cannot afford” to make “mistakes” such as this during a pandemic,” Hrib told Al Jazeera.
Mea Culpa? Not Me
Prymula refused to step down, much less acknowledge his mistake per Daily Sabah.
Prymula said he was in a meeting with a hospital director at the restaurant.
“I haven’t broken” any regulations, he said.
Authored and violated by Roman Prymula
Prymula became the health minister on Sept. 12 and put in place a series of strict regulations.
Recently, Prymula posted a video on Twitter.
He said, “I’d like to call on all of you to stay, if possible, at home,” per an AP report.
Prymula and Babis proclaimed that the country was returning to a lockdown, just hours before the restaurant episode.
They also put a limit on public gatherings to two.
During this pandemic, the surge of infection is a real threat to our freedom, but more alarming is the people who hold power.
Some of these prominent leaders are hypocrites who put people’s safety at risk because think they should not be scrutinized and not be held accountable for violating the very regulations that they themselves initially put in place.