Mnangagwa mum on lockdown extension, business resumes Monday
By Staff Reporter
ZIMBABWEANS could be back to their workplaces and market stalls as early as this Monday after President Emmerson Mnangagwa Saturday made no mention of any plans to extend the country’s lockdown period which ends midnight Sunday.
Mnangagwa was addressing the nation in a televised speech Saturday to mark the country’s 40 years of independence.
It was the first ever Independence Day celebration citizens have marked while holed up in their homes.
Despite speaking a lot about how the coronavirus outbreak has wreaked world economies and livelihoods, Mnangagwa did not delve into anything relating to adding more days to the 21-day lockdown.
“Beyond grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have to keep our economy functional,” said the national leader.
“Unavoidable shocks and disruptions must be mitigated.
“Once the lockdown is over, we must all get back to work, with discipline and harder effort as we ready ourselves for a speedy economic recovery.”
Zimbabwe has 24 Covid-19 cases recorded so far, among them, three deaths.
Mnangagwa said Zimbabweans based abroad were still welcome to return home despite fears of the Covid-19 transmission.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, government took a deliberate position to welcome home any and all Zimbabweans from the Diaspora, who want to come home. They are a part of us.
“However, all those returning must observe days of mandatory quarantine.”