MACRAD continues to monitor how citizens in Masvingo are responding to COVID19 second phase lockdown measures. There is an increase in number of people crossing into the country using illegal points in Chiredzi district snowballing the risk of spreading the deadly coronavirus.After identifying the returnees in the communities authorities are failing to put them into quarantine centres due to shortage of testing kits and other resources.Hundreds of people who are coming back from South Africa and Mozambique are sneaking into the district un-detected. Councilors and traditional leaders are identifying the returnees in their communities but due to shortage of testing kits nothing is being done on them risking the spread of Covid-19. “Chiredzi being a district which borders Mozambique and South Africa is at the centre stage during this period as hundreds of people are crossing into the country using illegal points.

About MACRAD

Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development (MACRAD) Trust is an independent Zimbabwean Civil Society institution committed to the development of socio-economic rights and agrarian systems that enhance equitable land rights and sustainable land uses throughout Zimbabwe. MACRAD interacts with various organizations and communities to assist them in developing capacity for policy formulation and research. It also facilitates policy dialogue among communities, governments, academics, civil society and others on land and agrarian development, especially the land rights of marginalized social groups. Masvingo Center for Research Advocacy and Community Development (MACRAD) is driven by a desire to contribute towards improved rural livelihoods that should lead to greater capacities for the rural poor to determine their own destinies and contribute towards national development. MACRAD’s approach entails encouraging continuous policy debates and refinement of policy. This is achieved through generation and provision of research based information, platforms for dialogue, creating and nurturing a policy community in Zimbabwe. The ambition of Masvingo Center for Research Advocacy and Community Development (MACRAD) is to provide leadership in socio-economic justice and land-agrarian policy processes, to become a Centre of Excellence and remain an independent and credible center for knowledge on social and economic justice.

Source: Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development (MACRAD) Trust