The chairperson of the National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (NAVUZ), Sten Zvorwadza, has said that his members have been condemned to starvation by the extended lockdown period.
“The extension of the lockdown is a good preventative measure against coronavirus but it is also an ultimate final nail on the coffins of the majority of vendors who have no incomes to buy at least one meal per day for their families,” Zvorwadza said.
“Government is failing to do the simple thing of availing support to the hunger-stricken vendors locked in homes.
“They have the resources, whatever they have, should be given to those intended. According to the assessment done, informal workers are at high risk of starvation during the lockdown period because they work from hand to mouth on a daily basis”.
He said it was naive for government to just impose a further two-week lockdown without consulting the affected workers through their respective organisations on the impact suffered so far during the 21-day lockdown period.
He said the situation was going to be worse for the vendors after the lockdown after the destruction of vending stalls by the Ministry of Local Government.