Mnangagwa to announce new lockdown measures this Sunday
By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa will Sunday announce a new set of lockdown measures amid growing unease by business and hard-pressed locals the country could not afford another taxing business break.
Information permanent secretary Nick Mangwana revealed on Twitter Saturday Mnangagwa would make the announcement Sunday.
Former finance minister and MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti says the Zanu PF led administration was under pressure to end the lockdown which has brought more strain to an already ailing economy.
“The regime unwisely imposed a lockdown from March 30 without giving workers and business time to organise. Most businesses did not pay statutory obligations like PAYE, VAT, QPD and NSSA on March 31. Regime is now broke. Treasury is empty. They can’t wait to reopen,” Biti said on Twitter.
Perhaps in an attempt not to divert attention from the country’s Independence Day celebrations Saturday, Mnangagwa omitted any mention of plans to either extend or let the 21-day lockdown lapse as initially announced mid-night Sunday.