ZANU PF has castigated unscrupulous businesses that have unjustifiably hiked prices at a time when the general populace is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic which has forced Government to impose a national lockdown level four to curb its spread.
The governing party’s spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said in a statement yesterday that businesses should have a heart particularly at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has seen lives being lost while livelihoods have been disrupted.
To curb the spread of the Covid19 which spiked in January, the Government imposed a lockdown until February 15.
However, some business, despite the currency stability and a waiver on essential services to continue doing business notwithstanding the lockdown have been hiking prices.
“The revolutionary Zanu PF party is concerned by the recent spike in the cost of goods and services, particularly basic commodities. Such a development has no grounding in basic economics. It is merely a manifestation of greed in some of our business entities.
“Surely, this practice weighs heavily on the poor and must be nipped in the bud. Certainly, the ordinary citizen needs protection. With Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the country, empathy should be at play in our daily relations.
“The deadly pandemic has not spared our economy hence the need to take care of each other,” said Cde Moyo.
He said the country, just like the world at large is in danger of the Covid-19 pandemic which has claimed more than 1 000 people locally adding that such tragedies can only be confronted by empathy and adhering to measures that minimise the spread of the vicious pandemic such as social distancing, wearing face masks and staying at home.
“The WHO protocols relevant to this virus and Ministry of Health and Child Care regulations must be observed religiously. We are indeed all endangered species. Times are hard, very hard. There is therefore no need for unscrupulous and speculative behaviour which has led to this situation, soaring of prices.
“The party is therefore appealing to the business community to conduct their business ethically. Love thy neighbour. Together we shall fulfil the ideals of Vision 2030 as often spelt out by His Excellency the President, Cde ED Mnangagwa,” said Cde Moyo.
Even under the scourge of Covid-19 and its effects on the economy, Zimbabwe is vigorously pursuing Vision 2030 to become an upper middle class economy by 2030, a vision that is unpinned by the exciting revival of agriculture, increased mining production and also tourism.