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Chirau lauds ED for easing lockdown, urges youths to seize economic opportunities

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  • "The ZANU PF Youth League embraces with satisfaction and appreciation, the easing of Covid-19 lockdown regulations announced by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde ED Mnangagwa on 1 March 2021, after the country recorded a significant decline in active cases and new infections..." - Tendai Chirau – ZANU PF Acting Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs

By Nompumeleleo Sibanda

THE ZANU PF Youth League has welcomed the easing of lockdown restrictions effected by President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday, and thanked all Zimbabweans for working together to follow laid down regulations, saying this has led to the current reduction in new cases.

President Mnangagwa yesterday announced easing of the lockdown restrictions saying cases had since come down, but warned the nation to remain vigilant, practise sanitation and wear masks as the war against the pandemic is far from over.

In a statement this Tuesday, ZANU PF Acting Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs Tendai Chirau said the decline in new cases is a testimony to the united efforts of various patriotic Zimbabweans working to fight covid-19 under the astute leadership of President Mnangagwa.

“The ZANU PF Youth League embraces with satisfaction and appreciation, the easing of Covid-19 lockdown regulations announced by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde ED Mnangagwa on 1 March 2021, after the country recorded a significant decline in active cases and new infections.

“The decline is a testimony to the united efforts of various patriotic Zimbabweans working to fight covid-19 under the astute leadership of President Mnangagwa,” said Chirau.

He added: “We salute and pay tribute to his administration, to the brave and conscientious frontline workers who sacrificed their time and effort in making this happen, and to the general citizenry for being compliant towards the shared vision of a pandemic-free nation.

“We also salute the leadership for current robust vaccination drive. Vaccination remains a vital part of our progress towards a successful containment of the contagion and advanced easing of lockdown measures.

“We therefore encourage the youth and the generality of the population to embrace this noble initiative. Naysayers who demonise and peddle lies about this critical vaccination program must be exposed for the enemies of this state that they are.”

Over the past three days, the country recorded only five deaths yesterday, with the previous two days having recorded zero deaths consecutively. This is a marked reduction from the average 50 deaths recorded per day in early January.

Chirau said the easing of the current national Covid-19 lockdown measures was extremely welcome news, as this will not only see the eventual return of school children to their classrooms, but presages a resurgence of the national economy and quality of life.

He added that the re-opening of small, micro and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), where most youth have a niche as both employers and employees, would boost the economy, but warned against rent-seeking from unscrupulous premise owners.

“We do however, appeal to premise owners to shun unscrupulous excessive rent-seeking and give affected SMEs breathing space in terms of rentals and rental arrears accrued during the lockdown period.

“This appeal notwithstanding, we consider Covid-19 an inadvertent, unfortunate state of national disaster, which makes it unlawful for individuals to seek to profiteer on the basis of unproductive rentals accrued during the hiatus. We emphatically deplore and condemn such un-Zimbabwean conduct. We urge restraint, fairness and good neighbourliness among Zimbabweans. We are one family,” said Chirau.

The youth leader urged youths across the country to take up opportunities as the economy re-opens, and called upon relevant institutions to support the youth to spur economic growth.

“We are also awake to the opportunities arising around the fumigation services arena, and wish to urge young innovative entrepreneurs to exploit this space, as we equally call upon loan-giving institutions to fund such ventures. Our economic resurgence should be premised upon aggressive and accelerated funding and capacitation of the SME sector.

“We all look forward to returning to a state of normality. We therefore, all have a role to play in order to achieve and maintain this; by continuing to follow the government’s advice and guidelines, and by continuing to support each other.

“There remains yet much more time ahead, of the same dedication, commitment and hard work exhibited thus far, and we remain hopeful that the future is brighter,” Chirau added.

But the re-opening of the economy and other activities could lead to a resurgence of cases if caution was thrown to the wind, Chirau warned.

“We reiterate unreservedly that the easing of the lockdown is not a license for citizens to stop wearing masks or not practice social distancing or sanitize their hands along with other covid-19 containment measures. The war against the spread of covid-19 remains and all hands must accordingly remain on deck.

“Let us all take personal responsibility to keep transmission as low as possible; to mask-up, maintain social distancing and to respect the environment as we take advantage of the relaxed lockdown and travel across Zimbabwe.

“Once again, as ZANU PF Youth League, we reiterate our unstinting conviction that under Cde ED Mnangagwa’s sagacious captaincy, the Second Republic is ably led. His demonstration of strategic vision and foresight continues to be witnessed on a daily basis. Thank you, Your Excellency,” said Chirau. — Zimbabwe Voice

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