Govt should com­pel re­tail­ers to re­duce prices

The Manica Post - - Local News -

ED­I­TOR — 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 con­tin­ued like this it means we will see many pupils drop­ping out of school with work­ers stay­ing at home. We are likely to find our sit­u­a­tion sim­i­lar to that we found our­selves in 2008 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 milk for any amount above $1.50.

I feel the Gov­ern­ment should be should be do­ing some­thing to stop this price mad­ness. Most Zim­bab­weans earn an av­er­age salary of $300 per month, and this is a very big bur­den for work­ers.

To make mat­ters worse some shops now de­mand pay­ment in for­eign cur­rency which we don’t have. Ed­di­son Ma­sundire

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