Govt needs to act on price madness

©  EDITOR — Whilst there has been talk of government trying to keep prices of basic commodities in check, there seems to be no solution at all if what has been happening in the last few days is anything to go by.

Our country’s economy is fast dying and the biggest problem is an unresponsive government which seems to look aside when hard-pressed people cry for stability only to react with force when people decide to demonstrate against the same economic rot.

People are getting restless and this could be a result of two things, 1.) Sheer greediness and profiteering and 2.) Panic-buying and speculation. This is mainly due to an unstable exchange rate which seems to be following black market trends.

A lot of commodities were either pulled off the shelves or the prices are just prohibitive. During the 2007/2008 meltdown, these signs were somehow ignored and the result was a total economic implosion.

I can bet my last RTGS dollar, the powers that be are aware of the problems facing the nation but are either ignorant or clueless of where to start or both. Which brings us to a very pertinent question — where are these men and women taking us?

It honestly seems like back to 2008 and slowly but surely we can easily get there if no one is bold enough to do things right.
There is a whole lot of mistrust and in as much as the government may try to play dumb, these problems cannot be wished away.
The other very interesting thing about these prices is that retailers are usually quick to react but fold their hands when there seems to be some form of stabilisation in terms of the US$/RTGS$ rates.

Prices usually remain high and that spells more suffering for the masses. While we have all welcomed the commencement of talks between the ruling party and other political parties who took part in the July 2018 harmonised elections  it is unfortunate people do not seem to be confident in the whole process.

Politics aside, and I will say it as an apolitical citizen, why should a process that is supposedly national, ignore major political players like MDC-A leader Nelson Chamisa?

If my memory serves me well, this is someone who got 2 million+ votes and all the other contestants probably did not reach 50 000 votes combined. It’s like players in the Polad have the people at heart but I for one will choose to disagree.

Everyone has a role to play in the resuscitation of the economy but that process can surely not be led by people who did not leave an impression on the electorate. It leaves the whole process tainted and lacking effectiveness.

To President Emmerson Mnangagwa, it is my hope that you will reflect on the impact this economic meltdown will have on your person and will be able to show leadership — engage people of influence and take your leadership to a completely different level.
The prevailing situation is very far from inspiring. 

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