Tuesday, 5 July 2016

#ShutDownZim #Gweru Update. 1330hrs, 5 August 2016

About 90 percent of businesses are open in the Midlands capital, with the majority of them saying they will not attempt doing so come tomorrow.
Anti-riot police camped outside VP Mphoko's Main St. Choppies Supermarket

There is a heavy police presence, especially in the Central Business District. No roadblocks, which is rather unusual. Ostensibly, traffic officers have been called to beef up the anti-riot section. 

Usually there are four roadblocks from the 4km stretch from Mkoba 12 to town. The first roadblock in usually mounted at Mkoba 12 turn-off, the next by the ZESA powerlines between Mambo and Mkoba. The last two are normally found near Mtapa cemetery and the National Foods depot along Hamutyinei Road.

Water cannons and other crowd control vehicles going around most parts of the city. Helicopters from the nearby Thornhill Airbase earlier turned the whole thing into a mini air-show. 

Police in anti-riot gear and known detectives are camped outside Choppies supermarket, Main Street. Social media messages, surprisingly some from Zanu PF activists, warned people not to ‘stay near Choppies’. Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is one of the shareholders of the supermarket.

A few teachers did not turn up at some schools, so did their students and pupils.

Otherwise its business as usual.