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WATCH: Zimbabweans risk Coronavirus...flood Mbare market

by Mandla Ndlovu
07 Apr 2020 at 14:06hrs | Views
It was business as usual on Tuesday at Mbare Musika as hordes of farmers flocked to the market to sell their wares after President Emmerson Mnangagwa gave green light for the market to be opened.

Media practitioner Hopewell Chin'ono posted a video the hive of activity that was happening in the capital city amidst the much hyped lockdown.

Said Chin'ono, "The video of Mbare Musika Market yesterday shows the NEED to implement Political Reforms in order to create formal jobs for our people! We are at home on #Lockdown, but as long as our compatriots are not self distancing, we are wasting our time! They are out there coz of poverty."

Another journalist Violet Gonda weighed in saying, "Is govt making lockdown policies on the hoof? Isn't Mbare Musika crowded? Why not have a temp market at Rufaro Stadium instead? To ensure separation/social distancing. Vendors can be spread along the terraces & customers can be marshaled, plus stadiums have access to toilets/water."

However, Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba defended the opening of the market saying, "The disruption to flow of horticultural products to city markets did not help matters, in respect of crowd control. People's stocks had severely depleted and there is this rush to replenish. Families have to be sustained.

"Thankfully, health inspectors - I am told - are on hand .although they seem overwhelmed for now. Let's manage the pressure which will ease up in a day or so. But also decentralizing supplies to other markets to decongest Mbare. Lots of creative management intervention needed by our City Fathers. We doing something from this end."

Source - Byo24News