Government has set up a Cabinet ad hoc committee to assess the level of damage to business infrastructure and the quantum of losses incurred by businesspeople during the recent demonstrations.
The committee, which has eight ministries, was tasked to immediately come up with measures that would bring relief to the affected communities and help businesses to recover. Addressing journalists after the first Cabinet meeting of 2019, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said:
Cabinet noted that as a result of this regrettable occurrence, a number of households in several high density suburbs were facing difficulties in accessing basic goods and services. In addition, a number of small to medium business enterprises were either destroyed or had their stocks looted, leaving them with no capital to finance operations. Accordingly, Government has set up an ad hoc Cabinet Committee chaired by the Minister of Industry and Commerce to assess the level of damage to business infrastructure, the looting of stocks, quantum of losses and to come up with strategies to alleviate the plight of the affected households, as well as to assist in the recovery of the affected businesses as a matter of urgency.