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The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT -

GOVERN­MENT’s de­ci­sion to scrap SI 122 of 2017 is a mas­ter stroke that will ob­vi­ously con­tain the price hike mad­ness. We can’t be held to ran­som by a mi­nor­ity who want to en­joy mo­nop­oly at the ex­pense of the ma­jor­ity. The cap­tains of in­dus­try are the ones con­niv­ing with eco­nomic sabo­teurs in or­der to cause ar­ti­fi­cial short­ages of ba­sic com­modi­ties. There­fore, let it be a free-mar­ket econ­omy so as to en­hance com­pe­ti­tion. Those who are hoard­ing ba­sic food stuffs will even­tu­ally re­lease them into the mar­ket at nor­mal prices. In­deed, the Zim­bab­wean econ­omy is un­der siege by those sharks who would like to fish in trou­bled wa­ters. — Tawanda Nhokodi

*** So far the poli­cies be­ing im­ple­mented by Govern­ment to boost eco­nomic re­cov­ery are sound, but the ma­jor prob­lem seems to be the is­sue of con­fi­dence from both the pub­lic and busi­ness. We must have a bit of faith in what th­ese

guys are try­ing to do and sup­port them in ev­ery pos­si­ble way. If they fail, let us judge them af­ter­wards rather than re­sist. — Tawanda Ma­chona, Gweru

*** Now that the RBZ has opened in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions of im­proper con­duct by four of its di­rec­tors im­pli­cated in il­le­gal cur­rency trad­ing, if they are found guilty, the State must re­cover what­ever they can from th­ese in­di­vid­u­als. Re­pos­sess their prop­er­ties, empty their bank ac­counts, lock them up and throw away the keys. — Sa­muel Madiro, Harare ***

Goto on ‘Hefty fines for price hikes’

Govern­ment should al­low tem­po­rary im­port of goods that are in short sup­ply un­til the pro­duc­tion side catches up with de­mand. I can bet my last dol­lar that the landed price of bread will be 50 cents and cook­ing oil will cost less than $3.

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