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slow­ing down as peo­ple re­alise that ev­ery­thing is sta­bil­is­ing.”

His sen­ti­ments fol­low Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa’s as­sur­ance to the na­tion of the avail­abil­ity of all es­sen­tial com­modi­ties, in­clud­ing fuel.

The Pres­i­dent said there was no need for panic buy­ing as Gov­ern­ment has stepped up ef­forts to rad­i­cally trans­form the econ­omy.

Deputy Min­is­ter Modi said in­stead of prof­i­teer­ing from the panic sit­u­a­tion, re­tail­ers should be more pa­tri­otic and sup­port Gov­ern­ment ef­forts to re­build the econ­omy.

“That (in­creas­ing prices) is wrong. Re­tail­ers are not sup­posed to be do­ing that. They are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the fact that peo­ple will buy at what­ever price that they put up. We had a meet­ing with PPC this af­ter­noon and they haven’t in­creased the price of ce­ment although shops are sell­ing at three times their orig­i­nal price. A bag of ce­ment they are sup­posed to sell for $10, is be­ing sold for $30,” Cde Modi lamented.

“First of all peo­ple have to be more pa­tri­otic, they should sup­port the Gov­ern­ment. If Gov­ern­ment does some­thing they should not take it in the wrong di­rec­tion. That is what they did. Peo­ple are spread­ing wrong in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic and things go bad like this.”

He said the un­jus­ti­fied price hikes were tan­ta­mount to sab­o­tag­ing Gov­ern­ment pro­grammes.

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