Murehwa and UMP villagers comply with lockdown

By Zbc Reporter
People in Murehwa, Uzumba, Maramba and Pfungwe (UMP) have heeded the 21-day lockdown declaration by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other government advice on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
On a normal day, Mrewa center would be a hive of activity with people conducting their daily business.
Being a transit point to Nyamapanda, Kotwa, Mutoko and Mtawatawa in UMP, Murehwa centre is one of the busiest growth points in Mashonaland East province.
However, being day 7 into the National lockdown, the bus terminus and the entire growth point is virtually deserted as people observe the lockdown declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The only sign of life are flags.
The story is the same at Marugara shopping center in UMP where most shops are closed, save for a few offering limited services.
What is more refreshing is that people in the area now understand issues about the COVID-19 and preventive measures as advised by health authorities.
‘We have heeded the call for a lockdown and we are observing all the social distancing protocols including the number of people who gather at funerals and water points,’ says Knowledge Chipinda-UMP Ward 15 councillor
‘We are doing all that we were advised by the government including limiting the distance between us and other issues to do with personal hygiene,’ says villager Selina Mugacha
‘I had to come here in the rural areas which is less crowded from Mbare which is overcrowded and has less hygiene,’ says another villager Paul Mtasa.
In another development meant to ease communication in the fight against COVID-19, Mashonaland East province has put toll free numbers at the provincial command center and all the districts.
The toll free number for the province is 08004390.