July 31 protest: Midlands Province in total shut down as MDC Alliance’ Amos Chibaya, 3 others arrested in Gweru

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In Kwekwe majority of shops including banks opened their doors to members of the public, the notable ones being Spar, Ripaz and OK Zimbabwe supermarket.

However, only a few people and cars were seen in the Central Business District mostly along E.D Mnangagwa way road. There was also heavy presence of both police and army officers.

The situation was reportedly the same at major shops in the residential areas of Mbizo and Amaveni.

In Redcliff, only a few cars and people mostly those under essential service categories were seen going about their business. Some shops were reported to have opened their doors as well.

Police and Army blocked major roads leading to Kwekwe and Redcliff CBDs with several motorists being told to go back to their homes.

In the provincial capital of Gweru, the atmosphere was tense with reports that the CBD was under a total lockdown amid threats of vandalism and looting of shops allegedly by MDC Alliance supporters. However major shops including pharmacies were open while Zupco went on to offer public transport services.

Shurugwi central was quiet and most shops did not open today. Reports are that most people were indoors.

It was business as usual in Zvishavane CBD though a few people and cars were reportedly seen. There was also heavy presence of both the police and army officers.

Police is said to have mounted several road-blocks on all roads leading to Zvishavane central business centre.

Shops in both the CBD and high density areas of Zvishavane were open although there was heavy police and army presence.

In Gokwe, it was business as usual in the CBD as major shops opened their doors to the public. In the high density suburbs shops were reported to have opened their doors as well.

Meanwhile police in Gweru are understood to have arrested four opposition political activists including Amos Chibaya, MDC Alliance National Organising Secretary for offences related to some flash protests allegedly by MDC Alliance supporters in Mkoba Friday afternoon.

Efforts to get a comment from police proved fruitless at the time of publishing.

MDC Alliance, National spokesperson, Fadzai Mahere was also not picking up calls