Harare Shoppers Await Bland Christmas As Price Of Goods Skyrocket

Most shoppers have been unable to go for spending spree as had been the norm during the festive period. The majority of the people are only buying basic goods, as soft drinks and ice cream are now considered unnecessary luxuries.

Some shoppers in Harare who were interviewed by the Standard expressed disappointment with the high prices of goods and services. One Tendai Murape who spoke to the publication had this to say

A Christmas without soft drinks and ice-cream for the kids is meaningless.

Instead of shopping for the fancy food here we are, buying flour to at least bake chimodho (home-made bread).

My family and I will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ [on Christmas], our only hope amid the gloom.

Another shopper identified as Faith West said

As you can see, there aren’t many people doing the usual mad rush for goodies because there is no money. This has been the most difficult year for everyone and we are all feeling the pinch.

Zimbabwe has been experiencing economic challenges for the past two decades and the situation has deteriorated since the 2017 November military coup that ousted former President Robert Mugabe who had in power for 37 years.

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