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VISET Statement on the High Court Judgement pertaining to the reopening of the Informal Economy

Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) notes with dismay the judgement by High Court Judge Mary Dube in the matter of the Zimbabwe Chamber for Informal Workers Association (ZCIEA), Passenger Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) and Chitungwiza resident Mr Constantine Chaza seeking to overturn the lockdown ban on the informal sector. The judge found that the government acted reasonably and lawfully in enacting the ban and hence the informal sector remains closed.
It is of paramount importance that as cases of Covid-19 escalate, everyone is engaged in the fight against this pandemic.
Indeed we at VISET have been actively engaged in this fight with awareness programs conducted at market places and with the general public, in partnership with local authorities. Our belief is that this fight will be won with a combination of both short and long term measures that ensure that hygienic practices and care for the environment becomes a way of life.
Whilst acknowledging the judgement and it’s rationale, we equally believe that there is need for consultations between informal sector bodies and government on how we can begin the process of opening up the sector without compromising the fight against the pandemic.
We at VISET feel this is a process that is long overdue so as to safeguard against people having to choose between health safety or hunger.
Prepared by VISET Information and Publicity Department

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