This mad­ness must be stopped

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT -

ED­I­TOR — The price mad­ness that gripped the na­tion in Septem­ber should never be re­peated.

To pre­vent such oc­cur­rences, Gov­ern­ment should put in place strin­gent mea­sures to curb wan­ton price hikes.

Septem­ber 21-23, 2017 saw Zim­babwe en­gulfed by panic-buy­ing that led to prices of many ba­sic com­modi­ties in­creas­ing and the goods them­selves dis­ap­pear­ing from shops.

I’m glad that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has ap­pointed a Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee to deal with the mat­ter.

The work of this com­mit­tee should be done ex­pe­di­tiously so that we see re­sults on the mar­ket.

I have no doubt that since the Pres­i­dent him­self is over­see­ing the mat­ter, this team will do a good job. But what one would want are sus­tain­able so­lu­tions, and that lies in rais­ing our in­dus­trial pro­duc­tiv­ity.

What­ever rec­om­men­da­tions will be put for­ward to the Pres­i­dent, we need them to in­clude rapid in­dus­trial growth.

It is pos­si­ble if only we re­main con­sis­tent and com­mit­ted to work­ing.

Price spi­rals oc­ca­sioned by some so­cial me­dia mes­sage should not de­ter us from the work at hand. We started well with the bumper har­vest last sea­son and SI64 which aims to en­cour­age lo­cal pro­duc­tion.

There­fore, all we need to do is con­sol­i­date th­ese gains and look for­ward to good times ahead. Ren­nie, Harare

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