#ShutdownZimbabwe: US$143 000 medicines, vehicle burnt down by angry citizens

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Medicines, laboratory sundries and a cold storage truck all valued at about US$143 000 were destroyed in an arson attack at Makoni Police Station in Chitungwiza, during the ZCTU led violent demonstrations that rocked the country on January 4 this year, the Natpharm Pharmaceutical Company has said.

Presenting the state of national drug stocks to members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health during a fact finding tour to the institution in Harare today, Natpharm head of IT Mr Zealous Nyabadza said medicines and laboratory sundries, which were meant for Mashonaland East province were all destroyed in the inferno.

“The value of the stock, which the vehicle was carrying was worth US$63, 248 and the truck itself was valued at US$80 000,” said Mr Nyabadza.

He said the truck was burnt while parked at a police station in Chitungwiza, where the driver sought refuge from the violent protesters.

Violent demonstrations erupted on January 14 after Mnangagwa announced petrol prices would more than double in a country that suffers daily shortages of banknotes, fuel, food and medicine.

He flew to Russia soon after making that announcement in a televised address to the nation.

More to follow…

— Herald


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