Masvingo Lockdown Monitoring Update: 29 May 2020

MACRAD continues to monitor how citizens in Masvingo are responding to COVID19 second phase lockdown measures. Soldiers and riot police had to be called in today at Masvingo Teachers’ College quarantine Centre after a nurse was held hostage by inmates who are returning Zimbabwean Citizens. Authorities this morning released only 33 people whom they say have tested negative for #Covid_19. Other inmates are demanding their own results because they are frustrated by the slow process to releasing test results.

Sugar producer, Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe (THZ) has increased the price of sugar by a whopping 96 percent with effect from today citing cost adjustments by major suppliers. According to a new price table released by the company yesterday at retail a 1kg packet of brown sugar now costs ZWD$63.84, 2kg brown sugar is now ZWD$127.68, 1kg white sugar is now at ZWD$67.21 while a 2kg packet of brown sugar is now selling at ZWD$134.42. However this has failed to address the supply side of things as ques to buy sugar have not disappeared across Masvingo.


Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development (MACRAD) Trust is an independent Zimbabwean Civil Society institution committed to the development of socio-economic rights and agrarian systems that enhance equitable land rights and sustainable land uses throughout Zimbabwe. MACRAD interacts with various organizations and communities to assist them in developing capacity for policy formulation and research. It also facilitates policy dialogue among communities, governments, academics, civil society and others on land and agrarian development, especially the land rights of marginalized social groups. Masvingo Center for Research Advocacy and Community Development (MACRAD) is driven by a desire to contribute towards improved rural livelihoods that should lead to greater capacities for the rural poor to determine their own destinies and contribute towards national development. MACRAD’s approach entails encouraging continuous policy debates and refinement of policy. This is achieved through generation and provision of research based information, platforms for dialogue, creating and nurturing a policy community in Zimbabwe. The ambition of Masvingo Center for Research Advocacy and Community Development (MACRAD) is to provide leadership in socio-economic justice and land-agrarian policy processes, to become a Centre of Excellence and remain an independent and credible center for knowledge on social and economic justice.

Source: Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development (MACRAD) Trust

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