In Chitungwiza Informal economy workers and traders were given verbal warning for demolition of stalls by the local authorities. This is said to be a directive from the central government. Informal economy workers and traders started removing their wares and stalls from Monday 20th of April up to today 22nd of April 2020. Informal traders opted to dismantle their market stalls and tuckshops before the Municipal Police demolished them.
“Flattening the curve” has become a mantra of the COVID-19 pandemic. Calls for staying home and social distancing (lockdown) have clearly emphasized the inequalities in our society, especially among the poor informal economy workers and their dependents who live from hand to mouth.
The following associations, representing workers in the informal economy throughout Zimbabwe, have formed an alliance under the theme “The Informal Economy Matters”. Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) Bulawayo Vendors’ and Traders’ Associations (BVTA) Women Alliance of Business Associations of Zimbabwe (WABAZ) Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders’ Association (ZCBTA) The objective of the alliance is to obtain recognition of and respect for the informal economy as a key component of Zimbabwe’s national economy and to promote the rights of workers in the informal economy.