Hunger Forces Pushcart Operators To Return To Bulawayo CBD Despite The Lockdown
Pushcart operators have reportedly returned to Bulawayo’s CBD in clear breach of the government imposed lockdown, The Chronicle reports. The Chronicle spoke to some of the operators and they said they could not stay at home any longer because they needed to earn money to buy food.
The publication spoke to many pushcart operators who said they hire the pushcarts from a family in Makokoba for $10 a day. Operators said they make between $60 to $100 which they complained is too little as they have families to feed on the little they make.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed their presence in the CBD and said they were breaking the law:
They are not supposed to operate. That means they are the group that fails to comply but most get arrested. We, however, encourage people to stay at home not for fear of arrest but due to a clear understanding of the lockdown and the danger posed by the pandemic
Zimbabwe is in its 5th week of the COVID-19 lockdown imposed by the government to try and curb spreading COVID-19.
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