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"Basic Commodities Run Out"

Some locally-manufactured basic commodities have disappeared from retail shops raising fears of a repeat of the 2008 scenario when supermarket shelves were virtually empty.

Some supermarkets are reportedly limiting the number of commodities such as cooking oil per customer to prevent hoarding which would result in an artificial shortage of the product.

On 7 May 2022, President Emmerson Mnangagwa ordered banks to suspend lending to corporates and individuals, including the manufacturing sector.

The move is believed to have triggered the current shortages of cooking oil and mealie meal, among other basic commodities.

Speaking in an interview with NewsDay, Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) executive director Rosemary Mpofu said they were monitoring the situation. Said Mpofu:

We are in constant engagement with the suppliers of goods to check what could be the cause of those shortages.

We are conducting a survey to come up with a true picture of the situation throughout the country.

It could just be an issue synonymous with some particular shops which could be different from the situation obtaining countrywide.

Our Monday (today) survey outcome will then explain the issues at hand.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) president Kurai Matsheza said that the failure of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s foreign currency auction system resulted in the industry failing to access US dollars to buy critical raw materials. Said Matsheza:

We import crude oil from Brazil, so we need foreign currency, but the auction has been failing to give manufacturers sufficient US dollars to be able to import.

On the issue of mealie-meal shortage, it has something to do with the fact that the government stopped millers from buying except the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), which created bottlenecks in the supply chain.

It depends on how the government will act. The policies put in place will determine whether the situation gets back to normal or not.

More: NewsDay

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26 Comments

twoboy 1 month ago

ngaapinde hake mukomana


Jamie handbags 1 month ago

White bomb varemerwa ngaachiende kuno zorora ,.
Mukomana ngaapinde hake ☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️ asimudze nyika


Dzvamu 1 month ago

Failure failure failure. Moti economy is booming kupi ikoko???


Asalif 1 month ago

Chinamasa that is where your war is needed so that supermarket management put back goods on the shelves not war with unarmed civilians you crazy old bustard


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Nyika ichanetsa kugadzira iyi coz business people are those in government 😂


STALIN 1 month ago

Gore rino tomama mvura


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Muzimbo 1 month ago

Ma1 aye atanga,Garwe hona tavakudzokera ku 2008😲😳😳😲


Ano 1 month ago

Rasara kubuda semupindiro warakaita

THE FIEND 1 month ago

I think this is a good idea, as it will promote social distance and reduce chances of spreading Covid.


tery 1 month ago

they is no covid dnt run around fooling people

THE FIEND 1 month ago

These are signs of War.


THE FIEND 1 month ago

Vatengesi ngava Struggle.

g 1 month ago

@the fiend war with who exactly? The ordinary citizen who is suffering against the old people's home looters I presume? dira Hako rizare

e.g john chibadura 1 month ago

HOKOYO MAPUTI , TISSUE NE HUNI COMING SOON TO THE SHELVES


Tang. Ku 1 month ago

Zimbabwe @austerity measures once again ma ma Mame Mama mama Mame, mnangagwa watch out of your advisors they trapping you


Observer 1 month ago

The abuse of power has consequences that will come back to bite the abuser.


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Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

ED ngaaende amana, sugar haingaite US$3.25😠

Mwana wese kuCCC next year


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

@m b i n g a y e m a s h u w a, wakutaura zvine musoro manje. Good boy😁


herb chtiepo 1 month ago

are these effects of a command economy?


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

Voodoo economics
Ginyanomics

m b i n g a y e m a s h u w a 1 month ago

ngaiuye Hondo. ummm pfungwa dzangu dzanga dzizere **** kufunga Zanu PF vanhu tichitambura kudai. now sugar yakwira mutengo ma retail store akutoona muono wemberi so. kut 2008 surely is imminent beyond any doubt


Jinn 1 month ago

The ship is sinking,this government has failED us.Next year vote CCC for change



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