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'Mnangagwa's lockdown a joke,' says ZCTU

by Staff reporter
01 Apr 2020 at 13:32hrs | Views
WORKERS have expressed dismay over the lack of seriousness on part of the government after it exempted more companies to operate during the 21-day lockdown meant to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19).

The government imposed the lockdown from March 30 to April 19, but the largest workers' body - the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) - said some of the companies allowed to continue operating under the bracket of essential services are not at all.

"When many companies are exempted, it makes the whole process a circus, then it means we have failed before we even start with the lockdown. Again, there are no regulations stimulating Occupational Safety and Health requirements for the employers," the ZCTU president Peter Mutasa said.

The ZCTU comments come after the government, through the ministry of Industry and Commerce allowed "almost all sectors of the economy", including beverage manufacturing companies to continue operating throughout the 21-lockdown.

Source - dailynews