Following the recent price cuts by the ruling party ZANU PF and government, which have left shop shelves empty, Mugabe’s law enforcement agents have been grabbing basic commodities from the shops since the exercise began.
Police, militia and other law enforcement agents are authorised to inspect if shops are withholding basic commodities and if so order them to sell the products. However, in instances where these agents catch retailers withholding basic commodities instead of them ordering the shops to sell to the general public they then grab these products and later sell them at black market.
A galloping inflation rate has seen the prices of basic commodities skyrocketing to unbearable levels by the majority. This prompted a dictatorial damage control masquerading as a price control exercise that has left many people stranded more than before.
Moore often than not law enforcement agents are always conveniently present at all times whenever there is a shop with precious basic commodities.
On the other hand police officers have blamed outrageously low salaries as the main reason why they are capitalizing on the price controls.
“We get very low salaries so much so that we couldn’t afford the basic commodities before the price cuts so now we have a chance to stock up our pantries. Its true that we when we find shops hiding these goods we buy in bulk and after that we let the owner sell the remaining goods to he public. You have to understand that being a policeman does not mean that I am not a human being. I also need to survive”, said a police officer in one of Harare’s high density suburbs (name and station withheld for security reasons)
This has since become the norm in Zimbabwe today where profiteering, selfishness and greedy have become the order of the day.