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Businesses fighting ED, says Matemadanda

…threatens to implement price controls

Upenyu
Chaota

MASVINGO
Zanu PF has said
it has had enough with businesses who are hiking prices on daily basis saying
they are forcing their hand to adopt price control mechanisms which was not
President Mnangagwa’s desire.
Addressing Zanu PF supporters at a recent campaign rally
ahead of the Zaka East parliamentary by-election slated for September 21, Zanu
PF national political commissar Victor Matemadanda said the business community
was being used by the opposition to make people suffer so that they could revolt
against government.
“We said we are going to increase salaries for civil
servants and shops are busy increasing prices. What is the logic behind those
price hikes?
“What it means is that businesses are fighting
President Mnangagwa and his development initiatives. President Mnangagwa did
not want price controls but these businesses are forcing our hand.
“It is not because we can’t control the prices but
it’s because we wanted the businesses to operate in a free environment which
benefits them and the consumers. This has however been taken as a sign of
weakness by these business people.
“If businesses do not revise their manners, we are
going back to the drawing board because when we say let us work together, some
are being used by our enemies who cheer them on to increase prices so that
people can revolt against the government,” said Matemadanda.
Matemadanda said Zanu PF will never fail to put the
businesses ‘in their place’, claiming government was just giving them a rope long
enough to hang themselves
“We want to warn all businesses that if we are quiet
it does not mean that we are stupid. We have fought and liberated this country
so we will not be given sleepless nights by a mere business. If we agree to
implement price controls, let nobody cry foul.
“There are those in Zanu PF who run businesses and are
at the forefront of hiking prices. The government should not be troubled by
people in the ruling party who are busy profiteering at the expense of the
people,” said Matemadanda.
In the Zaka East by-election, Zanu PF will be represented
by Clemence Chiduwa who is battling it out against the MDC Alliance’s Derick
Charamba.

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