KFC’s forced to shut down in Zimbabwe

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More popular fast-food franchises closed in Zimbabwe this week, as the country battles a cash crunch just two months after president Emmerson Mnangagwa won elections.

KFC branches in Harare and Bulawayo erected signs stating closure “during these difficult times.”

“This is due to the fact that we are unable to source stock from our suppliers as they require US dollars. We are doing everything possible to resume trade as soon as possible,” read the notice.

St Elmo’s pizza outlets shut its doors, citing similar reasons.

Chicken Inn, meanwhile, ran out of chicken on Tuesday.

Some pharmacies in Bulawayo, too, closed down.

Several retail stores are running out of essential stock due to foreign currency shortages, according to the Zimbabwe Financial Gazette newspaper.

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