COVID-19: Informal traders seek recognition from govt  

By Bridget Mabanda

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) has urged the government to include the Informal Economy Organisations in policy and implementation move in the fight against COVID-19.

This comes amid the Acting President Kembo Mohadi announced that Zimbabwe has switched from a Level Two lockdown back to level Four for 30 days as the numbers of COVID-19 cases escalates.

The level Four lockdown restricts the operation of informal traders.

In a statement, ZCIEA said they have a critical concern on the lockdown where certain sectors have been allowed to trade whilst all informal economy sections have been closed:

“Informal workers and traders are mainly feeding on hand to mouth and are still struggling to get their footing since 2020 lockdown therefore as an organisation.”

“We would want the government to include us in decision making in fighting Covid-19 where we concentrate on rescue, resuscitation, and developmental agenda which has a strong pillar of disaster preparedness to support efforts of the informal economy,” the statement reads.

A quick survey by BusinessMail, reveals that informal traders that operate in Mbare Siyaso area have totally shut down.

ZCIEA, feel that the informal economy traders have a big bracket of essential services provision at the community level during the lockdown.

However, ZCIEA has justified the inclusion saying it is part of the socio-economic activity, working in line with the 2030 Agenda through the National Development Strategy (NDS1).

Meanwhile, the organisation has said it is looking forward and is ready for an engagement with the key arms of the government to participate in the development of Zimbabwe.

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