Harare- Events in the Central Business District have become tense with members of the security forces further tightening the lockdown in a move that has seen many people turned away from accessing town despite that there is no formal pronouncement.
Reports coming from Harare indicate that a joint operation by the military and the police has seen the details manning roadblocks leading to the CBD and blocking civilians from entering while only allowing nurses and few individuals employed under essential services to pass.
Secretary for Information Nick Mangwana said the deployment of the soldiers was not amiss since the country was under an indefinite lockdown.
Said Mangwana, “Government has not pronounced a change in Lockdown Regulations. We are still on Level 2 lockdown and permitted economic activity should go ahead. Police are only enforcing the pronounced and gazetted Level 2 conditions.”
There is a tense situation in the capital city today as transporters and motorists are being ordered to go back home by law enforcement agencies.
“Today it’s worse they are not asking for any letter or mask, whether you are in Zupco or private car they are just ordering you to stay home”, John Chapika said.
Another government official who declined to be named said,” The situation in town is tense and scary, though l have been permitted to enter town l am going to close my office and go home”.
Political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya said the increase in security was linked to a court case involving MDC lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu who appearing in court on Tuesday to answer charges of perjury.
“The lockdown of Harare today is POLITICAL and not related to COVID-19 pandemic. ZANU PF and the regime are expecting a reaction following the arrest of Advocate Mpofu, MDC lawyer when he appears in court today.
COVID-19 is purely politicized and bastardized.” Ruhanya posted on Twitter.
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