The Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province, Cde Mary Mliswa has visited some premises and properties destroyed and plundered by hooligans early this week for an appreciation of the extent of damage caused.
The Minister and her entourage visited Bustech and Chicken Lounge business premises at Gadzema Shopping Centre and took time to get first hand information from those manning the businesses on the losses incurred.
She was accompanied by security service officers and members of the Joint Operation Command.
The two business ventures incurred huge losses with Bustech having been literally cleaned of all the products that were in stock, while Chicken Lounge lost computers and other implements worth US$1800 and stock valued at $9600 in bond notes.
Prior to the visit to Gadzema shopping centre, Minister Mliswa issued a statement condemning the rowdy behaviour by the hooligans and assured people from Mashonaland West province and visitors alike of their safety.
Over 120 people have been arrested in the province in connection with the violence that rocked the country last week.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Bulawayo Province, Cde Judith Ncube has condemned the looting and destruction of property in the city and urged anyone with information on the hooliganism to report to the police.
Cde Ncube said the looting and burning of property including vehicles was a barbaric act of madness by hooligans which must never happen again.
She assured the people that security has been restored and people must go back to work while parents must allow their children to return back to school.
“The barbaric act of looting is a disturbing issue in town and I want to condemn this in the strongest terms. The vandalism of economic and social infrastructure such as traffic lights is not good at all, as it may result unnecessary accidents. I want to assure all the people here that security has been restored and people must go back to work knowing they are secure,” she said.
On the food stocks, the Minister assured residents that milling companies have enough stock, revealing that the 11 milling companies in Bulawayo have over 7000 tonnes of maize meal whose distribution will start soon.
Addressing the same media briefing, the Chairperson of the Grain Millers Association, Mr Tafadzwa Musarara said they lost over $3 million of stock that was supplied to retail outlets which had not been paid for.