By James Martin.
A number of vendors have started flocking back into the Central Business District in a clear violation of government’s level two lock down regulations.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week partially lifted the lock down regulations as he gave green light to all formal workers to resume work after 35 days of level four lock down.
Hunger is Driving them Back
However vendors have started flocking into the Harare CBD selling their wares saying hunger at home is pushing them to disrespect Covid19 regulations.
“I cannot be home any longer. I need money to buy food,” replied Foster Mavaye.
Mavaye is among a number of vendors Open Council Harare has observed conducting business in clear defiance of Mnangagwa’s lockdown declaration meant to reduce the spread of the virus.
“I have no choice. I have a family to feed. I have to look for money to feed my children. No one can do that on my behalf,” Mavaye added.
One vendor who declined to be named out of fear, told Open Council that securing food for her two children has not been easy during the lock down period.
“The government’s announcement of the lock down caught us unaware. We should have been given time to plan. Personally I had no money to buy food to store for all this time.
“I was saved by my mother who sent me some money but now she too is grounded yet I want food. So I have no option but to come back to the streets,” she said.
Gvt Support Yet to Come
While the government has pledged to assist the vulnerable people with some relief funds vendors who spoke to this publication said they have not been luck.
“I just read these stories on social media. I have not received any cent. I have received some food hampers from our church but still it has not been enough,” said another vendor who identified herself as Nomsa.