By Upenyu Chaota
MASVINGO— Zanu PF national youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi has challenged party youths to take the fight to economic saboteurs who are bend on destabilising the economy to create problems for President Emmerson Mnangagwa saying they should confisticate all over priced goods.
Since the victory of Mnangagwa in July, the economy has taken a turn for the worse and prices for basic commodities have increased to unprecedented levels with other retailers shunning away the bond notes over the powerful United States dollar.
Togarepi said Zanu PF youth are under an instruction to confiscate all overpriced goods because the people who are doing it are undermining the leadership of Mnangagwa.
“You find that there are people who are bend on destabilising the country by making the public suffer. We will not watch this unfold without buckling it.
“Our youth are under an instruction to confiscate all overpriced goods because there is no justification whatsoever on why that should be done. How can we make progress when other people are pulling in opposite directions?
“A 2 litres bottle of cooking oil should not be above $4 but now we see it in shelves of many shops going for $10. Our youth will go and pay the shop owner the normal price and take away the whole lot because it is insane,” said Togarepi.
He said some of the people are getting forex from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and in turn hike prices without any justification.
“The Reserve Bank will stop to give such people forex and we know them. They get forex and the hike prices for what?
“We would rather have that cash be given to our youth so that they import the basic commodities and sell them at friendly prices,” said Togarepi.
The deputy minister of labour, Lovemore Matuke, also weighed in saying the whole crisis evolves around MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa who promised to spoil the party for Zanu PF if he lost the elections.
“Chamisa said achazvidira jecha saka ndiro jecha racho iri. Our people should be told that this whole mess is because of Chamisa.
“Our President wants what is best for our people and those people who are sympathetic to Chamisa are sabotaging the economy. The MDC Alliance won all urban setups where the means of production is controlled and they are now sabotaging our President,” said Matuke.