Retails shops in Bulawayo are reportedly taking advantage of the fact that consumers can only buy supplies from shops within a 5km radius of their fixed abode during the lockdown and they have hiked prices of most basic commodities, The Chronicle reports.
The publication surveyed retail shops in the suburbs in contrast to those in the CBD and discovered that:
A 2kg packet of sugar is selling for up to $95 in some shops in the western suburbs compared to $70 or less in the CBD while a 2- litre bottle of cooking oil is selling for $180 compared to $140 in the CBD.
A 2kg packet of flour is selling for $105 in the western suburbs yet it’s going for $80 or less in the CBD. Most shops in the western suburbs are selling a 2kg packet of rice for $100 while the same packet is selling for $90 or less in the CBD.
This is reportedly making people go to town to buy basics thereby violating lockdown restrictions imposed by the government.
Residents that spoke to the publication on the matter urged the government to intervene and normalise the situation whilst Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers Association said they were engaging retailers on the matter.
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