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Businesses, Schools Shut Down in Zimbabwe National Protest

  • Arthur Chigoriwo

Zimbabwe Stayaway

Zimbabwe Stayaway

Most shops, banks, schools and other businesses in Chinhoyi, Mashonaland West privince, were closed Wednesday following a national protest called by civic society leaders.

Denis Kagonye, a resident of Rujeko high density suburb, said local people, who don’t normally take part in such protests, heeded the call to stay at home and close businesses.

Timothy Neshambe of Chikonohono said the people have spoken.

Most school children, who went to school, returned home after realizing that there were no teachers at schools.

One of the school children at Chikonohono primary school, who cannot be identified for fear of being victimized, said most students heeded the call not to report to school.

Vegetable vendor, Clemence Matare, who was selling his wares, said although the protests are commendable, the timing was wrong since it’s month-end, a time they normally sell a lot of goods.

Matare said business was very low today as most people did not report for work.

Most nurses at Chinhoyi Hospital did not report for duty. Sources at the hospital said most patients were discharged Tuesday before they had fully recovered.