Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
MUPEDZANHAMO market vendors have pleaded with government not to shut down their operations arguing that it was their source of livelihood.
Some vendors called on church leaders to pray against COVID-19 and help government in teaching their members about it.
One vendor of Malawian origin, who only identified himself as Baba Dilali, pleaded with government not to close market places saying it is better to die while feeding their children.
“Tese tichafa uye vakafa havana kupusa saka tinokumbirawo hurumende isativharire misika yedu uye dzimba dzedu dzemumaflats matigere. Ini ndiriweku Malawi saka ndikavharirwa imba nemusika ndatofa zvangu,” said Baba Dilali.
Another of the vendors only identified as Mbuya Two said the nation must unite in prayer to fight COVID-19.
“The world is facing a test of their call to put their faith in God and I want to believe the presence of the church on earth protects us from calamities,” said Mbuya Two.
“I want to believe that COVID-19 can kill all of us within minutes but because of the movement of the Holy Spirit, our scientists and doctors will discover the cure.
“COVID-19 cannot be limited by a number of people gathering at one place when it surely comes into the country so I challenge church leaders to unite in prayer over this disease.
“Vafundisi ngavanzwe Mwari kuti ari kuti kudii muhuwandu hwavo munyika ino kwete kunyarara asi kana vodazvigaro zvemasangano vosimudza musoro.
“Church is losing its brightness and becoming irrelevant in communities because of their daily sermons which are after searching our pockets and such acts are opening doors for spiritual attacks and diseases to find their way in.
“Yes government is discouraging big gatherings but church must rise up and show relevance; izvezvi vamwe vafundisi vanotya kutaura chokwadi chaMwari nekuti mukavanyora mupepa vanofumurwa chitsotsi chavo. Izvozvo zvapinzisa hosha munyika.
“Dambudziko iri ririkuda minamato nekuti Mwari vakasapindira chirwere ichi chikabata mumwe chete muno tinopera saka kereke ngaisarara pakadai.
“I wake up every day and pray for God’s intervention in my business and I want to believe that we are living in the miraculous times considering economic challenges affecting the whole nation.
“God will never allow us to be attacked by HIV and Aids, cancer poverty and sanctions at the same time. Never!” said Mbuya Two.