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Remittance queues back

by Staff reporter
09 Apr 2020 at 08:41hrs | Views
Remittance beneficiaries are back in their long queues after Government allowed citizens to access their monies from the diaspora in the second week of the lockdown.

Most remittance facilities were closed last week when the total lockdown was called for by President Mnangagwa.

Yesterday, queues were seen at several points in the CBD as people are desperate to get their money and secure basic needs to ensure that they stay at home and reduce their risks of acquiring the deadly corona virus.

"We are happy that we can get our monies being sent by our children abroad, I have four in Canada and Australia and they have all sent me money for me to buy groceries in bulk so that I can stay at home and avoid mingling with people and protect myself from COVID-19.

"We are at risk here in the queues as you can see because the people don't want to space out and observe the social distance rule so to protect myself, I have put on a mask and gloves, it's risky but we need the money," Gogo Gwesese told H-Metro.

Most of them said they rely on these remittances which they receive weekly so it is a great relief that they can access their monies from overseas.

In a statement released on Monday, Reserve Bank Governor John Mangudya said following President Mnangagwa's directive on the need to provide critical services to the public during the National Lockdown period, and in the light of feedback from recipients of remittances, the Reserve Bank had resumed services of Money Transfer Agencies.

The MTA's with branches operating in retail shops resume operations today within the timelines prescribed for the opening of retail outlets and shops.

MTA's owned by banks and those with their own banking halls and branches outside banks and retail shops shall open business three times a week and that's on Tuesday to Thursday between 0900 and 1500hrs starting today.

This is to allow receipt of foreign currency which cannot be transacted on any electronic platforms.

MTA's were urged to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and are required to spread remittance pay-out access points and to strictly observe the social distancing guidelines by the Ministry of Health and Child Care although the one which were open were not observing these regulations.

Source - hmetro