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Chamisa wants Mnangagwa to provide food aid

by Staff reporter
31 Mar 2020 at 15:12hrs | Views
OPPOSITION leader Nelson Chamisa has called on government to provide food aid to support the poor who cannot afford to stay at home as they live from hand to mouth during the 21-day lockdown against the deadly coronavirus.

In an interview, Chamisa said the poorest, who live on the economic margins, coaxing a living through vending and other informal avenues, should be helped during this dark phase.

"…It remains government duty to provide safety nets and provisions for the vulnerable as we face twin evils of poverty and Covid-19…The entire world is engulfed by Covid-19. This disease is real. It does not discriminate. Public health systems across the world, including ours, are overwhelmed. This is why it is vital to do everything to prevent the spreading of virus.

"Given the essential nature of food markets, decentralised and monitored markets which allow informal traders to fend for their families while practising social distancing and WHO hygiene protocols should be encouraged under the supervision of the assigned officials," said Chamisa.

Mnangagwa announced a lockdown that economists have warned will impact negatively on the country's struggling economy as he conceded that the scourge of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed more than 30 000 worldwide and affected more than half a million people, is likely to derail his ambitious Vision 2030 to make Zimbabwe an upper middleclass economy.

In light of the outbreak of coronavirus Chamisa echoed Mnangagwa's calls for unity of purpose in order to emerge victorious against the disease.

Source - dailynews