Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
CITY council workers demolishing illegal structures have been challenged for disregarding social distancing since it is one of the health measures to curb spreading of coronavirus.
Residents in most of the suburbs where illegal structures have been demolished were forced to leave their homes and be greeted with a number of municipal police officers aboard three to four trucks failing to observe social distancing.
It is when one of the spokesperson among the demolishing team announced to residents to remain indoors that angers people to call them names over preaching the gospel they do not believe.
“You want us to stay indoors and observe social distancing when you moving like a swarm of bees in those trucks as if you are at war with us,” one of the residents was heard shouting on top of his voice.
“Covid-19 is real but you are forcing us to disregard measures set in fighting the spreading of the pandemic disease and preach a message you do not respect,” he said adding with unprintable words.
In an interview City of Harare spokesperson Michael Chideme confirmed reports over the demolishing team’s failure to observe social distancing saying they are addressing the issue with urgency.
“City of Harare received some reports from the public that workers visiting suburbs to demolish all illegal structures are disregarding social distancing,” said Chideme.
“We are addressing that issue with urgency to make sure they observe social distancing as well as remove all illegal structures in every suburb within our jurisdiction.
“The demolitions will end after all the illegal structures are demolished regardless of the lifting of national lockdown,” said Chideme.