By Staff Reporter
The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe(GMAZ) has urged the public to desist from partaking in panic buying mealie-meal during the period of COVID-19 lockdown.
In a statement released yesterday GMAZ discouraged Zimbabweans from hoarding mealie-meal and assured that mealie-meal will be distributed locally during the 21-day lockdown period
“We urge the public not to do panic buying and assure continuous supply of mealie-meal in their local formal retail outlets during this difficult period,” the statement read.
The association is partnering with other stakeholders to ensure distribution of mealie-meal following the outcry by the public which resulted in panic buying the basic commodity which saw many supermarkets running out of mealie-meal.
Queues were always seen in such supermarkets, going against the move by government of the corona virus lockdown to curb crowding and this move will ensure that social distancing is ensured for the general public health safety in response to the lockdown declared by the president.
“To ensure social distancing for public health safety in the fight against the corona virus pandemic, the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) in partnership with Zimbabwe Republic Police(ZRP) and the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers Association (CZR) will this week be distributing subsidised Roller Meal to all the formal retail shops in the following cities and towns : Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Chitungwiza, Kwekwe and Marondera,” GMAZ said.
Residents are urged to seek more information concerning the mealie-meal distribution zones on the various Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe digital media platforms.