National Lockdown: Money transfer agencies allowed to operate


HARARE – Government has authorized money transfer agencies that had been closed down due to the total lockdown to resume operating starting Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, John Mangudya, money transfer agencies that are operated by banks and those that are stand alone agencies should open for business beginning Wednesday, but will do so under strict rules.

“The bank wishes to advise the public that the following additional services will be provided by money agencies during the lockdown period as follows. MTA  with branches operating in retail outlets shall with effect from Wednesday the 8th of April 2020, operate daily within time limits prescribed to operating outlets and MTA owned by banks and those with own banking halls and branches three times a week, that is on Tuesday to Thursday between 09;00 hours and 15; 00 hours,” read the statement.

Eight days ago, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a total lockdown to combat coronavirus that has so far killed more than 60 000 people worldwide and affected close to one million people.

The lockdown has affected business, especially small scale businesses as well as other entities as only essential services in the health and security sector have been allowed to operate and move freely.

All roads leading to major cities have been closed and police together with other agencies have been deployed to monitor the situation.

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