GMAZ engages police to facilitate smooth roller meal delivery, enforce social distancing
By Staff Reporter
THE Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has engaged police to allow uninhibited movement of mealie meal delivery trucks and shop workers at a time locals were being restricted from leaving their homes as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement Friday, GMAZ chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara said the arrangement will also see police provide security during purchase of roller meal.
The move, according to the millers group, is to allow authorities to enforce the recommended social distancing in mealie meal queues as a measure to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
Musarara said the supply of roller meal shall be done based on a zonal system in the country’s seven main hotspots namely Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo, Marondera, Kwekwe, Gweru and Chitungwiza,” he said.
“This arrangement will provide for more shops to receive and sell maize-meal so that consumers buy the product in their respective areas of residence.
“Police will provide the necessary passage and will deploy details to oversee the delivery and selling of the maize-meal.”
He added, “This exercise is vital in ensuring social distancing during queuing and will allow more households to buy the product at their nearest retail shop.”
In a separate statement, ZRP chief of staff (operations), Commissioner Isaac Tayengwa said State security agents deployed for the National Lockdown Operation had been directed to facilitate the passage of employees and transporters involved in delivering the mealie-meal.
“This arrangement will minimise movement of people to and from cities and towns and reduce congestion as the commodity is made available at various points.
“The system will allow the consumers to access the commodity from supermarkets and retail shops in areas where they stay,” he said.