A few shops that opened their doors on the fourth day of protests in Harare CBD experienced brisk business as shoppers came in huge numbers. The ongoing protests which started on Monday caught many people unawares. As a result, shoppers were out of stock on most basic goods.
A store located about 4km from Harare CBD was reportedly overwhelmed by the huge number of shoppers and had to briefly close to new customers while serving those that were inside. A shopper who spoke to The Times had this to say:
Every problem has a solution, a way to move forward. The reason why we are in this situation is that there are a few people who are benefiting from this chaos, while the masses suffer.
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Some basic commodities were said to be out of stock. These include bread, meat and soft drinks. For the goods that were in stock, the prices were simply too high.