Latwell Nyangu and Rest Mutore
…Cooking oil, Brown Sugar top list
CONSUMERS have started panic buying with a scramble for basic commodities starting late yesterday.
Topping the list is cooking oil and Brown Sugar, with some OK and Pick n’ Pay supermarkets’ shelves in the Central Business District (CBD) emptied last night.
In some supermarkets like Food World, the commodities were still available while consumers could be seen pushing trolleys with cases of the sought after commodities.
H-Metro spoke to some of the customers who highlighted the need to store food in case people are barred from leaving their homes.
“We are just preparing because you never know what tomorrow will be like. We might be told to stay home because of this coronavirus.
“The issue of Coronavirus is unpredictable, unogona kungomuka makunzi gara kudzimba dzenyu. Tinenge tisisina pekutangira,” said a customer who commented on anonymity.
“There are number of factors involved, but to me I think it’s a coincidence. I am just buying my groceries in bulk. But we cannot rule out the fact that people are afraid of coronavirus. Everyone needs to be safe and as you can see people are going for the basic commodities.”
A till operator in one of the supermarkets said prices are expected to rise.
“There was news of prices shooting tomorrow (today) and this could have prompted people to buy in bulk.
“We have encountered such situations before but I also believe this issue of coronavirus so everyone who gets money ends up buying in bulk,” she said.
Meanwhile, some of the commodities are still visible on the shelves.
President Mnangagwa has outlined measures to curb the spread of the virus in Zimbabwe including prohibiting events that involve the gathering of more than 100 people.