Rein in er­rant busi­nesses

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

I AM ap­peal­ing to the Gov­ern­ment to come to our res­cue by forc­ing the busi­nesses which in­clude ma­jor super­mar­kets and whole­salers to re­duce their prices be­cause life is now very dif­fi­cult for al­most all the res­i­dents and vil­lagers. As it stands now most fam­i­lies can longer af­ford to have three meals a day and if this sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues like this it means we will see many pupils drop­ping out of school with work­ers stay­ing at home like the sit­u­a­tion we once found our­selves in when thou­sands of our skilled work­ers, in­clud­ing teach­ers and nurses left the coun­try in search of greener pas­tures.

Our salaries have not yet been in­creased and all our ef­forts to en­gage our em­ploy­ers to in­crease our monthly salaries have not been suc­cess­ful since these em­ploy­ers say they are not able to do that. The prices of all ba­sic com­modi­ties have been in­creas­ing on a daily ba­sis and are no longer af­ford­able to most work­ers in Zim­babwe.

If you can visit any su­per­mar­ket and see the prices they charge you will be sur­prised. Where ex­actly will peo­ple get that kind of money to buy those goods? I was re­ally shocked to see the price of 2kg rice go­ing for $9 in these shops, 500ml of fresh milk for any amount above $1,50 while 2 litres of cook­ing oil costs 4,70. We feel the Gov­ern­ment should be do­ing some­thing to stop this price mad­ness. Now we have to pay $1 per sin­gle jour­ney af­ter the kombi op­er­a­tors de­cided to in­crease trans­port fares for them to re­main in busi­ness. Most work­ers in Zim­babwe earn an av­er­age salary of $300 per month so for them to pump out an av­er­age of $2 per day we feel this is a very big bur­den for these work­ers. To make mat­ters worse some shops now de­mand pay­ment in for­eign cur­rency which we don’t have.

Ed­dious Ma­sundire Shumba and King­stone Kwem­beya,

Lu­veve, Bu­l­awayo.

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