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Zim’s informal sector allowed to reopen but only when registered

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday said the informal sector, which is undoubtedly the biggest employer, can only resume operations after registering their businesses with relevant authorities.

Albeit, the relaxations on the rest of the sectors after the expiry of the second 14-day lockdown period, the informal sector remained closed. The southern African nation has been working flat out to find effective means that ensures the informal sector can contribute to the fiscus through paying taxes.

In his televised address to the nation, President Mnangagwa said government hand in hand with an empowered private sector will do all in its power to open up the economy. “Under this review, we recognised that the current spike in number of Covid-19 cases requires us to take a more cautious approach in relaxing the lockdown restrictions,” he said.

“And such, the following adjustments to the lockdown are made; all our people in the informal sector who had not formally registered themselves or their enterprises are directed are directed to do so forthwith. Once they can prove that such registration has been made they can resume their operations.”

However, he said, upon resuming their work they are compelled to adhere to the laid down Covid-19 prevention requirements such as the wearing of masks, washing or sanitization of hands and social distancing. Some of the adjustments includes allowing gatherings for purpose of worship for maximum of 50 people, people will travel only when necessary and lifted the moratorium on rent payment, made during the early phases of the lockdown.

He added that rent arrears can be settled in instalments spread over a period of six months.

Picture: Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo Credit: NewZimbabwe

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