A man only identified as an informal trader has written to Hopewell Chin’ono, a Zimbabwean journalist and filmmaker, asking for food assistance saying the indefinite extension of the lockdown has worsened his predicament.
The man said that he is a married informal trader with two children. The plea comes after president Mnangagwa on Saturday extended the lockdown indefinitely.
Chin’ono says the extension “is devoid of a social welfare plan,” adding that many families are starving in the cities. He accused the Minister of Finance, Professor Mthuli Ncube for ‘lying’ that he was providing a ZW$200 social welfare net to vulnerable people.
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We present below the message that was purportedly sent to Chin’ono.
Good morning sir, mungandibatsirawo here, I’m in the informal sector pane kwandingawanewo here rubatsiro rwechikafu ndapererwa. Ndine mhuri vana 2 nemudzimai. Hapana kwamunozivawo here kunobatsirwa vanhu varimuchimiro chakaita sechangu. Extension yaitwa pa lockdown iyi ndabva ndapererwa please help. [Good morning sir, I need help, I’m in the informal sector, do you know where I can get food aid, i’m hopeless. I have a wife and two kids. Do you know of any place where people in a scenario like mine can get help? The extension of the (COVID-19-induced) lockdown made me lose hope. Please help.]