Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Buy Groceries From Outside The Country Government Tells Stranded Zimbabweans

The government has moved in to suspend the Statutory Instrument 122 of 2017 to allow the free flow of foreign goods, amid failure by the local manufacturing companies to supply the market as foreign currency runs dry from the central bank making it difficult for locals to acquire raw materials for production purposes.

Briefing the media in the capital today following cabinet resolutions on shortage of basic commodities, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa read out a list of items the government gives a green light to buy from outside.

Commodities that can now be imported include animals oils and fats (lard, tallow and dripping), baked beans, body creams, bottled water, cement, cereals, cheese, coffee creams, cooking oil, crude soya bean oil, fertiliser, finished steel roofing sheets, wheat flour and ice cream.
Buy Groceries From Outside The Country Government Tells Stranded Zimbabweans
She said Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Sekai Nzenza presented to Cabinet the prevailing situation in the market regarding the availability and prices of basic commodities.

“The continuing increases in prices effectively push the commodities beyond the reach of many of our people,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.

Cabinet further observed that owing to panic and speculative buying, products which used to be sold over a month, are now being sold in just three hours’ time, a situation which is completely unsustainable.
“Accordingly, as a way forward, Cabinet resolved as follows; that the Minister of Industry and Commerce temporarily amends SI122 of 2017 to allow both companies and individuals with offshore and free funds to import specified basic commodities currently in short supply pending the return to normalcy in buying patterns of the public and adequate restocking by manufacturers.”
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