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Zimbabwe should brace up for opening up its doors: President Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe should brace up for opening up it’s doors: President Mnangagwa

 

All players in the informal sector, with unregistered businesses are directed to do so, until they fulfill that mandate, they are prohibited from resuming their operations, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

 

In his address to the nation, President Mnangagwa said that upon resuming their work, those in the informal sector are compelled to adhere to the laid down COVID-19 prevention requirements, such as the wearing of masks, washing or sanitization of hands and social distancing. Also, gathering for purposes of worship has been consented on condition that they remain at a maximum of fifty people and in full compliance with all the COVID-19 prevention measures.

 

President Mnangagwa mentioned that people are urged to travel when it is absolutely necessary. He said the moratorium on rent payment made during the early phases of the lockdown has been lifted and  those with arrears are required to settle their debts in instalments spread over a period of six months.

 

Furthermore, he said that reforms that are downtrodden in key government departments must be expedited adding that as the workforce is gradually resuming their duties, they should remain wary of Coronavirus.

 

“Reforms stuck in the wheels of bureaucracy must be unleashed, catalysed and implemented. The time for action is now. However, as the workforce is slowly released from a painful lockdown, let us remember that we are not returning to the old normal, but to a very new normal which must cause each and every one of us to rethink our lives.

 

“How we communicate, how we do business, how we meet and greet, and how we protect the health of our neighbours, our family, and indeed ourselves,” President Mnangagwa said.

 

He said government remains committed to availing jobs and new opportunities for the youth and the new dispensation will work twice as hard with  promise and purpose, to improve lives and to give children a better future. Morever, he mentioned that government will not allow COVID-19 to appear in our history books as anything more than a mere hurdle which we jumped over along the path to prosperity.


“As your President, I commit that we will work twice as hard, work with promise and purpose, to improve your lives, and to give your children a better future. It is time to accelerate our development. From the pains of the pandemic, we must now find new impetus in rebuilding. The liberalisation of our economy must continue in earnest.” 


“This includes the privatisation of bloated state industries which must now be expedited. Investment commitments must now be turned into tangible jobs. Our creative people must be allowed to grow and prosper,” he also said.

 

 

In addition, he said although the lockdown remains at Level 2, the nation should prepare to further open up bearing in mind that government, hand in hand with an empowered private sector, will do all in its power to open up the economy, to provide the jobs and the opportunities the people of Zimbabwe so richly deserve.

 

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa expressed his  gratitude for the support Zimbabwe continues to receive in the fight against the pandemic, from both internal institutions and organisations, external governments, institutions and other development partners.

 

“I am happy to announce that we have once again received a considerable consignment of PPEs and other materials from the People’s Republic of China.  We remain grateful to His Excellency President Xi Jinping, and the Government and People of China for their solidarity and support.

 

“I would like to applaud and congratulate the African Union, through the AU Bureau, for the innovative tech-driven strategies that have been developed to ensure equitable and affordable access to all materials related to the prevention and fight against the COVID-19. We further commend the continued calls by the African Union member states for the lifting of sanctions against our country,” he said.