The United Nations has said that Zimbabwe is facing an economic and humanitarian crisis so acute that international assistance is needed to subdue it.
This comes when the citizenry in Zimbabwe is lamenting over the adverse effects of the coronavirus-induced lockdown which is shuttering the economy.
VOA News spoke to Trevor River, a 28-year-old male who sells building materials in one of Harare’s poor townships. River said the government should pay him as long as there is a lockdown which forbids him to work. He said:
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The lockdown is quite difficult. The impact we are facing right now is quite huge because we are no longer selling. The source of our income has been cut short. So it’s quite difficult for us to survive.
On Saturday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa indefinitely extended the lockdown despite increased calls for its removal to give breathing space to the suffocating economy.
The opposition MDC describes the extension of the lockdown as arbitrary and a blow to democracy as it blocks masses from registering their grievances through protests.
On Wednesday last week, MDC held a flash protest in Harare over food shortages and three of its officials arrested and tortured.
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