The Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZI) has ordered a freeze of all basic commodities during the 21-day lockdown with immediate effect.
CZI President Mr. Denford Mutashu confirmed the directive on Saturday and said that retailers who fail to comply will be closed indefinitely.
Basic commodity price increases are frozen as a sector contribution measure to Zimbabweans who have to date supported our businesses through good and hard times.
Retail outlets that will increase prices of basic commodities during this difficult time will be closed indefinitely.
Mutashu also revealed that goods covered under the directive are sugar, cooking oil, salt, mealie-meal, meat, sanitary pads, bottled water, pharmaceutical products, rice, masks, sanitary gloves, sanitizers, and washing soaps.
The order comes after some retail shops last week increased prices of most basic commodities after people started panic buying in anticipation of a lockdown that was eventually announced by President Mnangagwa on Friday.