Govt moves to implement consumer protection act

By ZBC Reporter
THE GOVERNMENT will soon appoint a 12-member commission to oversee the implementation of the consumer protection act aimed at ensuring industry and commerce provide quality goods and services.
This emerged at a meeting to unpack the consumer protection act in Harare this Thursday.
The Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Sekai Nzenza told ZBC News on the sidelines of the meeting that the commission will be responsible for monitoring the execution of the act.
“A commission shall be appointed soon to oversee the execution of the act for the benefit of consumers,” said the minister.
Potraz Director for Economic Tariffs and Competition Hilda Mutseyekwa spoke on the importance of providing adequate funding for the commission to fulfil its mandate.
“It is all about what can be done to ensure full funding and adequate resources if this commission can fully do its work,” highlighted Mutseyekwa.
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on industry and commerce chairperson, Honorable Joshua Sacco weighed in on the need to educate consumers in rural areas about the new act.
“Educating the consumers is one of the key elements that is likely to play a critical role in the achievement of the entire act,” noted Honourable Sacco.
The consumer protection commission will also be mandated with protecting consumers from unreasonable, unjust or improper trade practices, promote fair business practices, co-ordinate and work with consumer organisations locally and outside Zimbabwe.