The Chronicle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Mon­day, April 20, 1992 — Sev­eral shops in both the western and eastern sub­urbs in Bulawayo re­ceived sup­plies of mealie-meal dur­ing the Easter and In­de­pen­dence hol­i­days and all re­tail­ers con­tacted yes­ter­day re­ported a marked in­crease in the amount de­liv­ered.

The in­crease in the quan­tity of mealie-meal de­liv­ered fol­lows an an­nounce­ment last week that the Grain Mar­ket­ing Board had in­creased to 80 per­cent maize sup­plies to Blue Rib­bon Foods Lim­ited. The res­i­dent min­is­ter for Mata­bele­land North, Cde John Nkomo, an­nounced last week that the two milling com­pa­nies would work flat out dur­ing the hol­i­days to en­sure that most of the mealie-meal would be de­liv­ered to re­tail­ers dur­ing the long week­end.

A spokesman at Hlalo Brothers Shop­ping Cen­tre in Mzi­likazi said he had re­ceived 100 bags of 5kg packs of roller meal, 50 bags of 20kg roller meal packs, 20 20kg bags of Ng­w­erewere and 20 10kg bags of Ng­w­erewere, on Fri­day. How­ever, he could not sup­ply fig­ures for the pre­vi­ous de­liv­ery.

The store­keeper at Masiyepham­bili Trad­ing Store, also in Mzi­likazi, said he re­ceived sup­plies on Fri­day and this was the first de­liv­ery in two weeks and so cus­tomers took ev­ery­thing as soon as it was de­liv­ered.

While a Mlambo Trad­ing Store store­keeper said they had re­ceived de­liv­er­ies late on Thurs­day. Dh­li­wayo Trad­ing Store, just next door, was said not to have re­ceived any­thing. Both shops are in En­tum­bane.

Se­nior Su­per­mar­ket in Mpopoma re­ceived a de­liv­ery of mealie-meal on Thurs­day even­ing. The store­keeper said this was the first de­liv­ery in a cou­ple of weeks.

Most shops in the eastern sub­urbs re­ceived their de­liv­er­ies on Satur­day. Mealie-meal was de­liv­ered at the Glen­garry Store along the Harare Road on Satur­day morn­ing. The other shops along the same road, Ju­luka and Oka en­ter­prises, also re­ceived de­liv­er­ies on the same day.

Cde Nkomo said it was hoped the in­tro­duc­tion of cards by the res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion and Zanu-PF in the western sub­urbs would en­sure those in the city cen­tre and eastern sub­urbs would not have to queue for too long as cards would re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing into the city cen­tre to buy the com­mod­ity.

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