Mayor calls for military intervention as residents ignore Covid-19 lockdown regulations

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Kwekwe mayor Angeline Kasipo has appealed to the Civil Protection Unity taskforce committee to unleash the military in Mbizo residential area as residents are not complying with lockdown orders.

Speaking at the taskforce meeting yesterday afternoon, the mayor opted for military intervention in Mbizo to enforce the social distancing idea as the residents are lacking compliance.

“In Mbizo people are not complying with the social distancing idea and they are always in the streets as I speak it is like business as usual in Mbizo.

“The children are playing in the streets as usual, people are moving I broad day light like nothing is happening.

“We need a bit of military intervention to control the situation, people need to be indoors,” said Kasipo.

Business as usual in Mbizo

The taskforce resolved to engage the military to assist the Zimbabwe Republic Police to enforce the conditions of the lockdown in Mbizo and the Central Business District.

Morever, the taskforce also noted with concern lack of compliance from motorists and the service stations who are selling fuel to people without letters of essential services.

“We have engaged the service stations to limit the numbers of motorists at service stations because they are supposed to prioritise people who have letters from authorities,” said taskforce chairperson Fortune Mupungu.

To limit the number of people who unnecessarily crowd the CBD, the committee has resolved to limit hours of operation for ZUPCO buses to only operate during early hours and time of close of essential services to transport essential workers.

In addition, the committee also resolved to approach the mealie meal wholesalers to sell mealie meal to small businesses in residential areas so as to minimise the number of people who would travel to town to buy mealie meal.

— HMetro


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