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Prices of basic goods and services go down

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Story by Abigirl Tembo

PRICES of basic goods and services are going down as a result of a number of measures which have been implemented by government.

In a post cabinet media briefing in Harare this Monday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa revealed that prices of most basic goods have gone down, with the price of mealie-meal having gone down by 27 percent.

“The corrective measures implemented by Government following a spike in the prices of basic goods and services around June 2023 have seen the prices continue to go down, as reported by the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Honourable Dr Sekai Nzenza. The prices of bread cooking oil, sugar and mealie-meal, among other basic commodities have tumbled, with the price of mealie-meal declining by 27%. Cabinet is pleased that the measures have been effective in curbing the price increases, and that the foreign currency exchange rate remains stable. This is testimony of the Second Republic’s sound management of the economy,” she said.

Cabinet also received a report on tobacco production after the conclusion of the marketing season.

“Cabinet is pleased to advise that the total tobacco production now stands at a phenomenal 295 499 782 kilogrammes, valued at US$895 114 791, as reported by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Honourable Dr Anxious Jongwe Masuka. Of special note is the fact that 52% of the total production came from A1 and A2 farmers, confirming that the Land Reform Programme has been a success.”

Government has also taken over the clearance of solid waste in Harare after years of neglect by the Harare City Council.

“As advised at the 22nd Post-Cabinet Media Briefing, Government has, in terms of the Constitution, taken over the clearance of solid waste in Harare, following years of neglect and ineptitude by the Harare City Council. Garbage had accumulated into huge heaps in and around the City, causing a health concern and His Excellency the President declared the situation a state of disaster in July 2023,” she added.

Cabinet also received the status of the vocational training system.

Some of the key takeaways from this Monday cabinet meeting include the proposed engagement of a digital platform for the processing, production and digitalisation of securitised title deeds as well as the state party report to the Human Rights Council on the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.