By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Government has banned Chitungwiza and Norton non-essential service providers from travelling into Harare.
In a statement Information Ministry Permanent Secretary, Nick Mangwana said travelling from the the two municipality towns into Harare is considered as intercity travelling.
The Permanent Secretary of Information further said this is in line with the Statutory Instrument (SI) 198 of 2021 which defines intercity travel as:
“Travel between any cities or between municipalities or towns established or deemed to have been established in terms of the Urban Councils Act.
“Government has noted with concern that in spite of the ban on intercity travel, some people are still travelling between cities for various non-essential reasons. This has resulted in worrying a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.
“The public is reminded that under the extended Level 4 Lockdown announced by his excellence, president Emmerson Mnangagwa on July 13 2021, intercity travel is prohibited.
“As an example, movement between Chitungwiza and Harare or Norton and a Harare is considered intercity travel and therefore prohibited,” reads part of the statement.
This comes after President Emmerson stated that intercity travel remains prohibited under level 4 of lockdown.
However, the decision has been met with disapproval by citizens responding to the Ministry of Information official twitter account.
“If Chitungwiza was that far from Harare why would Assistant Commisioners and Deputy Commisioners reside this far zvimwe zvinhu itai mafunga What is the Distance from Ruwa to Town against chitungwiza to Town. Lets be Honest here, there is more to this issue than the Corona virus,” Nhari Makwembere said.
“Munotii nemacrossborder ayo ari kufamba isu dzedu mota dzichinzi dzisafamba,” one Jabulani Hlengs.
“With all the precious minerals looting,rather focus on building malls and cities in peri- urban areas ,that will ultimately decongest Harares CBD,” Kato.
Govt bans Chitungwiza/Norton to Harare travel