DARING thieves in Mutare urban are stealing vegetables from gardens for sale to vendors in a nasty development that is posing a big threat to the health of residents.
The theft of vegetables in gardens in most urban areas has been spurred by limited movement of farmers from outlying areas such as Odzi, Chigodora and Burma Valley to their usual city selling points owing to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Residents in different suburbs of Mutare, mainly high density suburbs of Zimta Park, Sakubva, Hobhouse, Chikanga and Dangamvura are now having sleepless night safeguarding their gardens as well as bear the risk of consuming vegetables with harmful pesticides.
Zimta Park One resident Mrs Marry Nyandoro, who had her six beds of different types of veggies ‘harvested’ in the middle of the night said: “We just woke up to hear from those who stay near our gardens that unknown thieves had stolen everything. It’s sad that we hear this has been happening in almost every other suburb. We just do not know how we will cope with the situation given that we depend on these gardens for a healthy diet.”
When contacted for comment, Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Kakohwa said: “Stealing vegetables from gardens is tantamount to placing people’s health at risk. People doing so have no respect for human lives at all since they are not aware if the sources would have been sprayed with chemicals or not."
— Manica Post