- "The abolishment of letters for travelling locally or intercity is a welcome move, at least people can now trade easily to sustain livelihoods which were now under threat of abject poverty..."
By Mutsa Makuvaza
OPPOSITION leader Ms Linda Masarira has applauded President Emmerson Mnangagwa for easing the lockdown restrictions, saying life had become unbearable for millions of families in Zimbabwe.
In relaxing Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 lockdown, the President said industries and informal traders should start operating with strict adherence to coronavirus regulations prescribed by the World Health Organization.
“I would like to applaud the President of Zimbabwe Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa by heeding our call to open up the economy. Life had become unbearable for millions of families in Zimbabwe,” said Masarira, who is president of the LEAD.
“As the informal sector and food markets prepare to open tomorrow, it is imperative for the vendors to ensure that they abide to covid-19 regulations. We are all responsible for protecting each other and curbing the spread on Covid19.”
President Mnangagwa, in a ZBC broadcast to the nation, said the relaxation of the COVID-19 regulations has been a result of the declining number of coronavirus in the country.
On Sunday alone, there were no COVID-19 deaths in the country.
“… It is noteworthy that the number of COVID-19 positive cases, fatalities and hospitalization continue to steadily decrease. We must remain alert and on guard to maintain this positive momentum we have attained so far,” said President Mnangagwa, who on February 15 extended by two weeks the previous 30-day lockdown.
Masarira commended the development, saying: “The abolishment of letters for travelling locally or intercity is a welcome move, at least people can now trade easily to sustain livelihoods which were now under threat of abject poverty.
“Lastly, we encourage the government of Zimbabwe to cushion informal traders with grants or small loans to resuscitate their business as they prepare for schools to open.
“As the nation prepares for schools, colleges and universities to open, we implore government to ensure that no child, student or pupil will be sent back home for non-payment of school fees until citizens are financially stable considering the right lock down situation the country was facing,” she said.
President Mnangagwa said people are no longer required to seek authority to travel in cities and rural areas.
The curfew now starts from 10:00pm to 5:30am and supermarkets are open until 7pm. The number of people attending funerals remains at 30 while 50 Zimbabweans will now be allowed to attend other gatherings.
The President also urged schools and universities to start preparing for going back to classrooms although the government is encouraging education authorities to still consider virtual learning. – Zimbabwe Voice