After the more than 90% price hike on bread that was unanimously implemented by bakers yesterday, the government, today has pleaded with all on the chain of bread production to reconsider their decision to unilaterally hike the price of bread with a view to reduce the prices to nominal and meaningful levels.
Emerging from to the media soon after a Cabinet meeting in Harare on Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said:
“The Minister of Industry and Commerce presented to Cabinet a letter by the Bakers Association of Zimbabwe, stating their intention to immediately hike the price of bread without any recourse to consultations with the Government as is the normal procedure.” She went on to say that,
“Such a move, whether by design or otherwise, certainly has the effect of dampening the mood of the nation.
Minister Mutsvangwa said that hiking the price of bread and indeed any other product puts strain and pain on the already burdened citizenry. She says:
“… unilateral price hikes, particularly on basic commodities that our people cannot do without is not in consonance with the spirit of mutual engagement that Government is encouraging.”
She ended her media briefing by asking bakers to rescind on their move they had taken.
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