By Nhau Mangirazi
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association (ZCIEA) has kicked off its mitigation approach to its members by distributing some sanitizers, gloves, face masks to its membership countrywide.
The goods are valued at US$11 000.
In an interview, ZCIEA national secretary general Wisbom Malaya of said they are doing this as part of consolidating gains of keeping low the infections among locals as mostly returnees are infected.
Malaya said they kicked off distribution of masks, gloves, sanitisers, infra-red thermometers, as well as Covid-19 information posters to informal workers and traders.
‘So far we have covered at least 42 ZCIEA across the country from as far as Kariba, Bindura, Chitungwiza, Hwange, Gwanda, Gokwe North, Harare, Marondera, Beitbrdge, Victoria Falls, Gweru, Bulawayo, Binga, Plumtree, Lupane, Karoi, Masvingo, Chimanimani, Norton, Nkayi, Mhondoro among others.
Membership countrywide is 298 000 from 42 territories.
He revealed that the first stage distribution is benefiting 5 000 informal workers/traders and a service extension to 42 local authorities.
Malaya added that as an organization aimed at alleviating poverty in an informal sector, Zciea is willing to partner with all local authorities countrywide.
‘We are doing this as a move aimed at improving working environment of informal workers and traders as a sustainable development measure to prevent and stop the spread of COVID -19 in our country. It is part of every citizen’s responsibility to always observe World Health Organization COVID-19 guidelines. Our health is our right and let us work closely to improve our well- being,’ he said in a telephone interview.
The organization whose majority membership has been greatly affected by the Government COVID restriction decree has made strides by accommodating every stakeholder in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.