As the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic has been impressed upon the minds of Zimbabweans, selfish business people have not taken long to seize the opportunity to make a killing as scores of desperate people try to buy basics in anticipation of a shutdown. A Spar outlet in Gweru is said to be selling 2 litres of cooking oil for $172 ZWL and a sugar for $72 ZWL.

Overprice cooking Oil at Spar Gweru. Pics by K Mugova via Twitter.
Sugar selling for $72. Pic by K Mugova via Twitter.

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Frankly while this sounds reasonable it’s incredibly foolish and will just see people starving. Thanks to neglect Zimbabwe cannot meet its own internal needs. A few weeks will see us howling for the borders to be opened as people starve.