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Zimbabweans urged to desist from hoarding mealie-meal

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By Staff Reporter

The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has urged the public to desist from panic buying of mealie-meal during the Covid-19 national lockdown.

In a recent statement the GMAZ discouraged people from hoarding mealie-meal as there was a continuous supply of the commodity.

“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 fair distribution of mealie-meal following an outcry by the public which resulted in panic buying of the basic commodity with most retailers running out of commodity.

Long queues were common in supermarkets in the high-density areas, going against the call for social distancing to curb the spreading of Covid-19.

“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 were able to seek more information concerning the mealie-meal distribution zones on the associations’ various digital media platforms.

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