Closely packed CBD, Congestion, Panic buying a case of lockdown settings in Zimbabwe

Panic mode engulfed citizens, especially urban dwellers upon learning of the new lockdown period imposed by Vice President Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga on Saturday, 2nd of January 2021.

This came amid everyone was hoping to return to work glorifying the prospective fortunes for the new year. The generality of citizens anticipated for a better year.

However, the surging number of cases prompted the government to act with imminancy.

Despite all these, yesterday major cities in Zimbabwe experienced stampede from high traffic volumes and panic buying by the citizens.

Harare was the most crowded place in the country and the closely packed urban centre raged fears of the easy spread of the pandemic.

“Today is the last day. We have no option but to buy all our commodities to stock at home,” says one citizen.

Another citizen cried foul over congestion in the capital city and the hike in transport fares by private motorists.

“We do not know when we will get home. Transport is a problem and most private motorists are now charging exorbitantly.”

Today marks the full intensification of the lockdown period which will last for the whole month and the government has been advising that essential service workers are to remain operational.

Meanwhile, Acting Vice President Kembo Mohandi in a statement said those aligned to the Ministry of Industry will now be considered as essential service provided that they seek traveling documents from their respective ministries.

Tendai Guvamombe