Price hikes: War vet­er­ans blast ‘un­pa­tri­otic’ busi­ness com­mu­nity

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Masvingo & South-West News - Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

WAR vet­er­ans here have rapped some mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity for be­ing greedy, which is ev­i­dent in the wan­ton and un­jus­ti­fied in­crease in prices of ba­sic com­modi­ties that are hurt­ing or­di­nary peo­ple.

The free­dom fighters ac­cused those be­hind the wave of price hikes of be­ing un­pa­tri­otic and urged Gov­ern­ment to rein them in to save the ma­jor­ity of strug­gling Zim­bab­weans.

Speak­ing dur­ing a ple­nary ses­sion of the in­au­gu­ral pro­vin­cial Busi­ness Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment Fo­rum (BEEF) re­cently, Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion (ZNLWVA) pro­vin­cial chair Cde Ten­deukai Chi­nooneka cas­ti­gated some sec­tions of the busi­ness com­mu­nity for be­ing un­pa­tri­otic.

“‘We fought the lib­er­a­tion war for po­lit­i­cal eman­ci­pa­tion of or­di­nary Zim­bab­weans out of the love of our coun­try,” he said. “Now what we are see­ing within our whole­salers and re­tail shops is clear lack of pa­tri­o­tism by the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“Prices are be­ing hiked un­jus­ti­fi­ably, while some busi­nesses are now de­mand­ing pay­ment for goods and ser­vices in for­eign cur­rency, it is clear such ac­tions are be­ing caused by greed and lack of pa­tri­o­tism.’’

Cde Chi­nooneka chal­lenged Gov­ern­ment to se­ri­ously look into the un­war­ranted hike in prices.

“The ob­tain­ing sit­u­a­tion speaks to a crit­i­cal lack of pa­tri­o­tism. Some of the busi­nesses do not have their coun­try at heart,” he said. “Yes, the essence of do­ing busi­ness is pri­mar­ily to make profit, but charg­ing run­away prices is a selfish con­duct whose net ef­fect is to ruin the na­tional econ­omy.

“We, there­fore, need pa­tri­otic in­vestors and busi­ness-peo­ple with a goal of de­vel­op­ing the coun­try.’’

Cde Chi­nooneka said the coun­try was un­der threat from a new form of “colo­nial bondage” driven by greedy and cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in un­jus­ti­fied price hikes, prof­i­teer­ing, money laun­der­ing and il­licit forex deal­ings that were bleed­ing the na­tional econ­omy.

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