The President of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), Henry Ruzvidzo has reiterated calls for the lifting of the national lockdown to allow local companies to resume operations.
Before President Mnangagwa extended the lockdown by further 14 days, CZI had urged the government to lift the lockdown saying that it was adversely affecting the local industry which is on the verge of collapsing.
Speaking to The Zimbabwe Independent, Ruzvidzo said that the country, at the expiry of the extended lockdown this Sunday, allow companies to operate. He said:
We made our recommendation before the latest lockdown extension was effected. We expect the lockdown to end on Sunday to allow all companies to resume operations.
Ideally, we expect the lockdown to end.
Ruzvidzo speaks when the number of coronavirus cases in the country has just increased from 32 to forty, the greatest jump made in a day so far.
Some who are opposed to the idea of lifting the lockdown, though they admit that it has worsened the economic and humanitarian crisis in the country, assert that hunger is better than death.
Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has hinted that the lockdown will be further extended.
More: The Zimbabwe Independent