Transport woes give rise to pirating in Filabusi

The government ban of public transport vehicles to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus has given rise to pirate taxes in Filabusi Centre.  ZUPCO buses and kombis remain the only allowed mode of transportation. These buses go through fumigation process at least twice a day, passengers are sanitised at…

Justice in traditional courts put on hold

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed the justice system in limbo as traditional courts remain closed in response to the global pandemic. Traditional leaders play a key role in dispute resolution and enabling access to justice for rural communities.  Traditional leaders who spoke to Habakkuk Trust recently said they have been postponing…

Rural communities struggle to adhere to lockdown funeral limits

COVID-19 has brought significant changes in the culture and lifestyle of rural communities. The pandemic has changed the way in which people mourn and bury their loved ones as only a limited number is allowed to attend funerals.  The regulations put in place to curb the spread of the virus…

Business returns to normal in Bulawayo

The relaxation of lockdown regulations threatens to reverse the gains made by the Zimbabwean government in combating the Covid-19 virus. The government of Zimbabwe enacted  Statutory Instrument 99 of 2020 in line with Presidential proclamation on the easing Covid-19 national lockdown regulations. Provisions of the statute make the wearing of…

Rural communities in a quandary over new S.I

Communities in rural Matabeleland have found themselves in a dilemma after the promulgation of S.I 99 of 2020 which provides for mandatory wearing of masks outside the home. The provision, which is set to prevent the community spread of Covid-19 during level 2 of the national lockdown has been met with…

Subsidized mealie meal not reaching rural communities

Community members in various parts of rural Matabeleland have called on the government to ensure that subsidized mealie meal reaches their communities as they face food insecurity and are in dire need of affordable commodities. Access to subsidized mealie meal has been a source of conflict in most urban areas…