Govt committed to finish stadia renovations on time

Source: Govt committed to finish stadia renovations on time | The Herald Deputy Minister Machakaire Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter DESPITE progress being affected by the national lockdown, Government has assured the nation it’s expecting to meet the June deadline for football stadia renovations. The Government has been working on renovations at the National Sports […]

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Govt committed to finish stadia renovations on time
Deputy Minister Machakaire

Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter

DESPITE progress being affected by the national lockdown, Government has assured the nation it’s expecting to meet the June deadline for football stadia renovations.

The Government has been working on renovations at the National Sports Stadium and Barbourfields, which were both condemned by CAF, and banned from hosting international football matches.

FIFA inspectors have also said the Warriors cannot play matches at each of the two stadia but, to show some progress is being made, opened the two facilities to be used by the national women and youth football teams.

However, the world football governing body have scrapped the June international matches, where CAF expected to stage some 2021 AFCON finals, giving local authorities more time to fix the stadia.

The Warriors had been asked to find alternative home ground for their 2021 AFCON qualifier against Algeria which should have been played last month.

Yesterday, Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Deputy Minister Tino Machakaire said they were confident they will have everything in place by June.

Inspectors are set to return to this country either in June or July.

‘‘The renovations at the National Sports Stadium are going on very well. We are addressing all the areas which were flagged by the Confederation of African Football’s grounds committee,’’ Machakaire said.

‘‘The issue is we have reduced our staff due to the national lockdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak.’’

‘‘We have been trying very hard to meet our deadlines, unfortunately the COVID-19 scourge meant we had to revise them along the way.’’

‘‘Hopefully, by June, we would be talking about something very positive. We have deployed essential staff, which is working round the clock to see to it that the stadium is fine.’’

‘‘At the same time, we are also supporting the renovations of Barbourfields,’’ said Machakaire.

ZIFA had a busy calendar before the coronavirus outbreak forced football to be halted across the globe. Zimbabwe were scheduled to face Algeria in an AFCON double-header last month before going to Cameroon for the CHAN finals this month.

The CHAN finals have since been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Mighty Warriors were also supposed to start their Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers this week.

The Young Mighty Warriors could also have played their Under-20 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia last month.

The Warriors’ World Cup qualifiers were expected to start in the last quarter of the year.

ZIFA spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela, said they will continue to abide by the FIFA and CAF directives.

“As members of both FIFA and CAF, we will abide by their directives. We will ensure the safety of players, fans, officials and everyone involved in football is guaranteed first before any competition.

‘‘In the era of Covid-19 we encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy. ‘‘

‘‘Above all stay at home and follow guidelines and directives from World Health Organisation and our Government. May God bless you all,’’ said Gwesela.

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President issues directive on money transfer services

Source: President issues directive on money transfer services | The Herald President Mnangagwa Herald Reporter The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has been directed to ensure that money transfer service systems are working efficiently and are accessible to the public, especially for processing of financial international remittances. In a statement last night, President Mnangagwa said […]

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President issues directive on money transfer services
President Mnangagwa

Herald Reporter

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has been directed to ensure that money transfer service systems are working efficiently and are accessible to the public, especially for processing of financial international remittances.

In a statement last night, President Mnangagwa said it was important for the banking sector to adapt their operations to the emergency situation spawned by the national lockdown designed to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The President’s directive comes at a time when people were struggling to access Diaspora remittances from relatives abroad.

“In view of the ongoing Covid-19-related national lockdown, and following concerns from users of money transfer services, I have now directed the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (Dr John Mangudya) to immediately address constraints around this essential financial service,” he said.

“The environment arising from the national lockdown has increased our people’s dependence on remittances, which also have the added advantage of reaching directly the most marginalised members of our nation.

“Because of the necessary national lockdown, livelihoods in the informal sector have been disrupted, thus forcing many households to depend on the support from their loved ones abroad. It is thus critical for our financial service institutions to adapt their operations to the new emergency situation.”

International remittances are important in improving Zimbabwe’s foreign currency position.

Zimbabwe received US$635 million in Diaspora remittances last year, up 2,6 percent from US$619 million that came through in 2018.

President Mnangagwa paid tribute to citizens abroad who continue to demonstrate abundant compassion by assisting their families back home through various interventions, including financial remittances.

He also saluted Zimbabweans for exercising self-discipline during the national lockdown, adding that the road to completing the 21-day national lockdown was long, but necessary.

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St Anne’s Hospital seals coronavirus response centre deal

Source: St Anne’s Hospital seals coronavirus response centre deal | Herald (Top Stories) Herald Reporter St Anne’s Hospital in Harare, will be a Covid-19 response centre for at least three months following an agreement on Saturday between the Catholic Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (LCM), the owners of the hospital and the trustees […]

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Herald Reporter

St Anne’s Hospital in Harare, will be a Covid-19 response centre for at least three months following an agreement on Saturday between the Catholic Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (LCM), the owners of the hospital and the trustees of Solidarity Trust Zimbabwe.

The joint venture establishes the St Anne’s Hospital Covid-19 Response Centre to assist and complement Government’s preparedness and response plan released last month by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

The agreement can be extended beyond three months.

The new response centre will deal with the public and health personnel at the forefront of dealing with Covid-19 patients in need of middle-line and high-care nursing and will be run by a seven-member board of representatives from the sisters and the solidarity trust, including members of the medical fraternity.

It will start operating this month and when fully-functional will have 100 beds catering for high dependency and intensive care patients.

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Jack Ma despatches ventilators, PPEs

Source: Jack Ma despatches ventilators, PPEs | Herald (Top Stories) Mr Jack Ma Sifelani Tsiko Agriculture, Environment and Innovations Editor Chinese billionaire Mr Jack Ma has despatched a second consignment of medical supplies to help Africa fight the novel coronavirus. Mr Ma said in a tweet: “Our second donation to 54 countries in Africa is […]

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Mr Jack Ma

Sifelani Tsiko Agriculture, Environment and Innovations Editor

Chinese billionaire Mr Jack Ma has despatched a second consignment of medical supplies to help Africa fight the novel coronavirus.

Mr Ma said in a tweet: “Our second donation to 54 countries in Africa is on the way. That includes 500 ventilators, 200k suits and face shields, 2k thermometers, 1m swabs and extraction kits and 500k gloves. Thank you @AbiyAhmed Ali @flyethiopia @Africa CDC @WFP for your partnership. Stay safe Africa.”

Last month, Mr Ma pledged a total of 1,1 million coronavirus test kits, six million masks and 60 000 medical protective suits and face shields to the African continent.

Zimbabwe has since received its first consignment from the Chinese billionaire.

Last month, Africa received 1,5 million test kits, 5,4 million face mask and medical supplies.

The Ethiopian government received the donation on behalf of all countries while its national carrier distributed the kits to the rest of the continent.

Although there are fewer coronavirus infections in Africa than other parts of the world, latest WHO figures show that the continent now has more than 9 310 cases of Covid-19 in more than 40 countries and 444 confirmed deaths across the continent.

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Constitutionalism not populism will take Zimbabwe forward 

  From the outset, let me make it abundantly clear that I am neither a member of ZANU PF nor of any permutation of the MDC. If I say anything that you may not like, it is not because I belong to the other party. No! I belong to Zimbabwe. Lately and rather sadly, I […]

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  From the outset, let me make it abundantly clear that I am neither a member of ZANU PF nor of any permutation of the MDC. If I say anything that you may not like, it is not because I belong to the other party. No! I belong to Zimbabwe. Lately and rather sadly, I

Source: Constitutionalism not populism will take Zimbabwe forward – The Zimbabwean

Morgan Tsvangirai

 

From the outset, let me make it abundantly clear that I am neither a member of ZANU PF nor of any permutation of the MDC. If I say anything that you may not like, it is not because I belong to the other party. No! I belong to Zimbabwe.

Lately and rather sadly, I have observed that the only difference between ZANU PF and MDC supporters is that they do not support the same party. They both are rigidly intolerant when it comes to diversity of opinion. If you are not in our party, then you are an enemy. That is their way of thinking—all of them. Such a mindset is not only retrogressive but unintelligent, uninformed and dangerous. Which political party has more than 13 million members in Zimbabwe or at least half of that? None!

Interestingly, even some in the diaspora who should be a bit wiser by now because of their experience of functional democracies around the world, also display the same mindset, thinking and behaving in the same way. We have a problem, a very serious problem!

After the departure of the late President Mugabe as well as that of long-time opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, a lot of people did some serious introspection and asked themselves if they should continue to be embroiled in the toxic politics of polarisation and mudslinging or choose the politics of constructive criticism and progressive engagement. Some chose the latter while still others simply chose to be objective onlookers, enjoying the action from the terraces. Those on the terraces have every right to criticise those on the field. That is exactly what I am doing here, and I have no regrets.

The ongoing debate about the Khupe case is one that has prompted me to scream from the terraces after months of silence. I have seen a lot of people being verbally abused on different forums and platforms for openly stating a known fact, which is that constitutional provisions were not followed when Tsvangirai appointed two additional deputies. The constitution was not followed again when Nelson Chamisa was elevated to lead the MDC-T when Tsvangirai died. Anyone who disagrees with that is seeking only to create mischief or, perhaps even worse, is displaying their gross ignorance. Some have attacked the courts for being biased. Granted, our courts of law have not always demonstrated consistency in some of their judgements, however that alone does not sanitise the illegal transgressions that happened within the MDC-T before and after Tsvangirai’s death.

Some have gone on to denigrate professor Lovemore Madhuku for representing Ms Khupe as if the other side did not have legal representation in that court case. I have seen some disgusting slurs thrown at Madhuku, denigrating everything from his wardrobe to his physical appearance. Surely, my fellow Zimbabweans, we cannot sink that low. And, if I may ask, what did Nelson Chamisa set out to achieve by launching an appeal in a case that clearly had so many holes in it?

Not long ago, Job Sikhala represented Walter Mzembi of G40 fame. Tendai Biti once represented Gideon Gono, Chamisa represented Zuva Petroleum in a controversial case that resulted in massive job losses as companies were allowed to terminate workers’ contracts upon giving three months’ notice—the list goes on. Nobody raised any objection. So, what is wrong with Madhuku representing his client and winning the case? That is his job. That is what he does for a living. What lawyer goes to court with the intention of losing?

I have also heard the pejorative term “ZANU PF project” being applied to Thokozani Khupe, Douglas Mwonzora and Morgen Komichi in their acceptance of the court judgement. This is reminiscent of 2005 when Professor Welshman Ncube split the MDC. The same people who praise Welshman Ncube today are the very same ones who labelled him a CIO operative and a “ZANU PF project” back then. Now Ncube is calling Khupe a “ZANU PF project” as well; is that not ironic? Did not Ncube and Khupe have the same grievances which pointed at constitutional violation by their boss, Morgan Tsvangirai (plus Nelson Chamisa in Khupe’s case)?

In 2013, the year of “Renewal Revolution”, we heard the same mantra only that time it was Tendai Biti on the receiving end. Paradoxically, he is now one of the two Vice Presidents together with Welshman Ncube.  Remember the Mandel Centre Declaration? Fast-forward a few years, Biti and Ncube are back in the fold. Those who were religiously babysitting the party all these years notably Komichi and Mwonzora are now a “ZANU PF project”. I wonder how many “ZANU PF projects” are on the MDC master plan and which one is next! How long will it be before we hear that Chamisa is an intelligence operative and another “ZANU PF project” who was entrusted with the transportation of dairy products from Gushungo Dairy by Zimbabwe’s disgraced former president? What did Chamisa say to Mugabe to be trusted to that extent given the polarisation that existed between the ruling party and the opposition then? Are you biting your nails? Same here!

This circus is no longer exciting, even kids are sleeping! Can somebody please tell us how Professor Jonathan Moyo suddenly became a factor in the MDC-A? Is Nelson Chamisa now a client president of the G40 as well as the two seasoned “CIO operatives” that are now his deputies? What exactly is going on? When is the next split?

Zimbabwe is not private property. I will keep on asking probing questions including those considered to be sensitive because, whoever dreams of being the next president of our country, cannot dodge public scrutiny. If you violate the constitution of your own party and still insist that you did not do anything wrong, despite the glaring evidence to the contrary, why should anyone trust you with the business of running the country? An apology would have been appropriate. Mwana anotanga afudza mbudzi ozofudza n’ombe! (A child shepherds goats first before herding cattle).

The democratic agenda and discourse does not seek to replace ZANU PF with the MDC or a lesser devil. Rather it seeks to transform our politics once and for all. It seeks to establish the politics of values (Ubuntu), not that of personalities. It seeks to establish a peaceful, free, democratic, and prosperous nation based on good governance, equality of citizens and the rule of law. How do you become an advocate for good governance when you do not respect the law?

Turning to the government, my take is they really need to pull up their socks and move swiftly to complete the alignment of all remaining laws to the Constitution. Surely, seven years is more than enough time to bring this exercise to finality. The passion that they exert when they intend to amend the Constitution must double when it is time to implement what has already been agreed to by the people. As an example, a lot of Zimbabweans returning home still encounter unnecessary inconveniences at ports of entry as if immigration officers do not know that dual citizenship is now enshrined in the national Constitution. Provincial Councils should have been established by now in the spirit of devolution as required by the Constitution. The inordinate delay in implementing the Constitution adopted in 2013 is now becoming both inexcusable and disingenuous. It is simply unacceptable!

It is constitutionalism not populism that will take Zimbabwe forward.

Moses Chamboko is a pro-democracy activist, he writes from Sydney, Australia

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Zimbabwe COVID-19 Lockdown Monitoring Report: 5 April 2020 – Day 7 

1.0       Introduction Source: Zimbabwe COVID-19 Lockdown Monitoring Report: 5 April 2020 – Day 7 – The Zimbabwean Emmerson Mnangagwa  Photograph: Valery Sharifulin/Tass On day 7 of the National Lockdown declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 27 March 2020 followed by the gazetting of SI 83 of 2020 Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) […]

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1.0       Introduction

Source: Zimbabwe COVID-19 Lockdown Monitoring Report: 5 April 2020 – Day 7 – The Zimbabwean

Emmerson Mnangagwa  Photograph: Valery Sharifulin/Tass

On day 7 of the National Lockdown declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 27 March 2020 followed by the gazetting of SI 83 of 2020 Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) on 28 March 2020, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) continued to monitor the implementation of this declaration. According to official statistics by the Ministry of Health and Child Care as at 4 April 2020, positive COVID-19 cases have increased to nine (9) whilst 340 individuals tested negative for COVID-19.
It has been noted with concern that attacks on journalists in the line of duty by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers continue despite the designation of journalists as an essential service. Between 30 March and 6 April 2020, the Forum has documented 4 cases of attacks on journalists which include assault, detention and arrests.

The continuous increase in the prices of basic commodities in most of the few shops that are operating is a cause for concern. Informal workers have been forced to clandestinely resume their businesses to be able to afford food for their families. To a greater extent, the increase in community members violating the lockdown can be attributed to the need to provide for their families.

While most churches seem to have heeded the call for the lockdown as demonstrated by the fact there were no mass processions usually associated with a day referred to as Palm Sunday within the Christian religion, same cannot be said for some of the apostolic churches in Harare who were not abiding by the lockdown directive as some were seen congregating and without abiding by the COVID-19 measures.This report encompasses reports covering the 10 provinces of the country through reports received from the following Forum Members:

  • Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP)
  • Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
  • Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
  • Counselling Services Unit (CSU)
3.0       General Atmosphere 
President Emmerson Mnangagwa drove through high-density suburbs of Harare including Tafara, Mabvuku, Kuwadzana, Highfields and Mufakose. He also proceeded to Chitungwiza where he passed through Zengeza and Seke.  He was said to be on a tour to establish if the public had generally complied with his Lockdown declaration.  However, his tour excluded all places where people were queuing for basic commoditiesIn Harare’s Adbernnie suburb, long queues of shoppers who wanted to buy groceries at OK supermarket were observed. Community members were ignoring the social distance policy as they were packed in queues at the entrance.In Chitungwiza, vendors were selling their goods in the streets at St Mary’s Chigovanyika shops and Zengeza 2 Shopping Centre. In Zengeza 4 and Unit J, vendors were patrolling the streets selling their goods. Heavy police presence was observed at Chikwanha shopping centre and Makoni shopping centre. In Chiwundura members of the apostolic sect of more than 200 people were gathered between 0800hrs to 1500hrs near Muchakata shopping centre. It was reported that the gathering included people of all age groups including children and the elderly. The interactions observed indicated a total disregard for COVID-19 recommended guidelines in social interactions.
In Mbare, police and military patrols were observed at Mbare Musika, Stoddart Hall and Matapi residential flats. In some areas, groups of people sitting at street corners were observed, most of which were drinking alcohol being sold in illicit bars. Some vendors have resorted to selling their commodities from their yards.At Murombedzi Growth Point in Zvimba, there was less movement of people and some of the shops were open from 9am to 3pm. After shops closed, police officers were seen moving around with sjamboks and baton sticks chasing away people from the shopping areas. Some community members had to walk for more than 5km back to their homes as there was no transport to ferry them.

In most high-density suburbs nationally, there was an increase in the number of people who defied the lockdown to pursue economic activities.  Police officers on patrol are a risk factor in aiding the spread of COVID-19 by patrolling streets without protective clothing and bundling those defaulting on the 21-day lockdown in crammed trucks where social distancing is not observed.

4.0       Arrests
On the 6th day of the lockdown, during a raid, ZRP officers arrested 7 sex workers at Magaba, Matagarika and Nenyere in Mbare flats for violating the lockdown. It was reported that the 7 women were taken to Matapi police station where they paid admission of guilt fines of ZWL500 before being released.

5.0       Assaults

In Zaka, it was reported that soldiers in an army truck at Chinorumba Business Centre assaulted people who were buying groceries with sjamboks. It is alleged that people were accused of loitering and violating the national lockdown. Four (4) people were reportedly assaulted during the incident. At Nyagambu Business Centre in Zaka North, ZRP officers forced all shops to close down around 1100hrs due to the long queues that were forming.

6.0 Summary of Violations

The table below summarises human rights violations documented by the Forum Secretariat and Forum Members from 30 March 2020 to 5 April 2020.

Nature of Violation Number of Victims Location
Assault 56 Harare, Zvishavane, Masvingo, Bulawayo, Wedza, Chinhoyi, Zaka
Attack on Journalists 4 Mutare, Gweru, Chinhoyi, Harare
Arrests 118 Masvingo,
Gweru, Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Hwange, Harare
7.0       Court Update
The Right to Water
  1. The High Court in Harare issued a provisional order, in favour of the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) ordering the City of Harare to provide safe constant and adequate water to residents during the period of lockdown and/or its extension. under case number HC2156/2020.The residents were claiming violations of their constitutional rights to water, health care, to life.Also, they argued that for them to fully comply with government COVID 19 regulations, measures must urgently be put in place for them to access water in their homes or at some points to enable them to practice personal hygiene and curb the spread of coronavirus.The City of Harare was ordered to present to the Court within 24 hours a maintenance schedule for all dysfunctional boreholes within the 46 wards of the City of Harare and to provide enforcement officers to protect the communal water points to ensure that people accessing water adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
    The Minister of Local Government, the Minister of Health and Child Welfare were ordered to play an oversight role over the implementation of the order.The High Court also ordered the Minister of Finance to ensure that the City of Harare has adequate resources to implement the order.

    1. Following this court judgment, the High Courts in Masvingo. Mutare Bulawayo and Harare have also been seized with similar applications from residents in Masvingo, Mutare, Hwange and Chitungwiza respectively.  The residents are represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.  Again today, the High Court granted to order requested by the Chitungwiza Residents Trust against the Chitungwiza Municipality, the Minister of Local Government, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance under Case No. HC2158/2020

    These are welcome and landmark judgments, which positively confirm the rights to water health and food for citizens as provided for in the Constitution of Zimbabwe 2013.   The Forum urges the responsible tiers of government to respect the rule of law and implement these court orders urgently to provide safe, clean and adequate water, not only in this period of the COVID 19 lockdown but also beyond the lockdown.

     8.0 Conclusion
    The Forum continues to call upon the citizens of Zimbabwe:

    • to take heed of the importance of social distancing as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The Forum also calls on the government:
    • To, in the wake of the judgments from the High Court, immediately provide all the necessary and adequate resources to ensure that the citizens of Zimbabwe can exercise their rights to water, food and health care to effectively deal with the threat of COVID-19.
    • To publicly denounce the excessive use of force and beatings by the police, and insist on methods of law enforcement that conform to the Constitution and international law.
    • To properly equip and resource law enforcement officers with proper protective clothing so that they can effectively implement the national lockdown.
    • To avail resources to support  the vulnerable households with access to safe, clean and portable water and food.
    • To ensure the protection  of arrested persons by taking note of prescribed social distance measures during transportation and detention.

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Increase social safety nets, govt urged

Source: Increase social safety nets, govt urged | Newsday (News) The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance has called on government to increase its social safety nets to vulnerable people during the current 21-day lockdown. By Brenna Matendere Last week, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube said Treasury will set aside resources to cover one million vulnerable households under […]

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Source: Increase social safety nets, govt urged | Newsday (News)

The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance has called on government to increase its social safety nets to vulnerable people during the current 21-day lockdown.

By Brenna Matendere

Last week, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube said Treasury will set aside resources to cover one million vulnerable households under a cash transfer programme and payment would commence immediately.

“Treasury will initially be availing an amount of $200 million per month under a cash transfer programme over the next three months and both the amount and duration of payments will be reviewed as necessary. The Department of Social Welfare will use its usual mechanisms to identify the beneficiaries,” Ncube said.

Maureen Kademaunga, the opposition party’s secretary for welfare, yesterday told NewsDay that the economic realities of the ordinary citizen and mostly the urban poor and vulnerable could not be ignored.

“… the MDC is concerned about the unfortunate fix upon the ordinary poor citizen. We are at crossroads. On one hand is a devastating virus and on the other a huge crisis of hunger. Whilst the corona scare is real and all efforts and people must unite to fight and prevent it from further spreading by staying at home and practising maximum hygiene, the economic realities of the ordinary citizen and mostly the urban poor and vulnerable cannot be ignored,” she said.

The seasoned social justice activist said the majority poor will not last the 21-day lockdown journey.

“Zimbabweans are living from hand to mouth, surviving on less than US$1 a day. The majority are in the informal sector and survive on daily earnings.

“Having to spend 21 days locked down with no money, food and access to basic essentials is potential breeding ground for diseases and starvation. Already there are disturbing reports of ZRP arresting those queuing to buy food at grocery shops,” Kademaunga said.

“It has been our clarion call as the MDC that government must put in place social safety nets to cushion and protect the most exposed and vulnerable through provision of food and hygiene packs. It would be irresponsible for government to let the situation play out on its own.

“While we take note and acknowledge the Treasury mitigation measures to cover one million vulnerable households under a cash transfer programme, it is our hope that such resources and efforts reach out to the deserving vulnerable people including the elderly, childheaded families and the homeless. It is not the time for the usual corruption and partisan distribution of such assistance as has been the norm with regards food aid in the past. This is a national disaster and all deserving people must be catered for uniformly. The Ministry of Social Welfare must work with local authorities and other community stakeholders to come up with an inclusive non-partisan list of beneficiaries of this scheme.

“A payout of a $100 per household is insufficient to sustain a 21-day period. There has been a current spike in prices. We, therefore, call upon the government to review the amount allocated per household under the cash transfer programme.”

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