CUT student develops Covid-19 contact tracing app

Peter Ngwenya

A computer wizard Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) student  Tatenda Chinyamukobvu has added his efforts to Covid-19 fight after developing a Covid-19 contract tracing application. 

Chinyamukobvu who stays in Hillandale Kwekwe earlier this year made news after he hacked into CUT’s results database and upgraded his and seven other student’s grades. 

With a pending court case then, the computer genius was chosen to represent Zimbabwe at a global technological summit earlier this year. 

The 20 year old was one of the three students who aced a hackathon competition staged by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz). 

He is now back in the limelight after developing the Covid-19 contact tracing application. 

He has since earned plaudits from Information and Broadcasting  Permanent Secretary Nick Mangwana for the application on his twitter handle. 

The contact tracing app is now on different app downloading platforms.

The application will be useful in tracing Covid-19 infected patients. 
He told The Midlands Observer that the the application will be unveiled soon. 

More innovative applications have been masterminded by the Kwekwe genius and he insists on the contact tracing app being his finest and most useful application since it will protect lives in this deadly era of Covid-19. 
“I really took my time and by the grace of God the application was a success .I’m quite sure we will fight the virus and successfully defeat it.There’s surely more innovations to come which I can’t disclose at the moment  but Covid-19 cases will be detected with much easy with the help of the contact tracing I developed with my partner Munyaradzi Muneka,” he said. 
He said the application will be able to trace the movements of a Covid-19 patient and the contacts of individuals which he would have made.

 Chinyamukobvu gained national acclaim last year when he won The National University competition for innovation and creativity and won the Cut University $1 million dollars. 

He also participated at an innovation competition in Sweden where he came out tops .
” The Sweden tour really upgraded my skills and I really thank the government of Zimbabwe for making it a success and I will do that by trying protect the people of Zimbabwe,” he said. 

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