New bread price, Cabinet pleads with bakers

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Cabinet has called on bakers to defer bread price increase as it dampens the mood of citizens celebrating the independence.
Addressing journalists during a post cabinet briefing,  Information,  Publicity and Broadcasting minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the move by Bakers Association of Zimbabwe to increase prices did not bode well to ongoing efforts by government to engage in dialogue with all stakeholders.
“The minister of Industry and Commerce presented to cabinet a letter Bakers Association of Zimbabwe , stating their intention to immediately hike the price of bread without any recourse to consultations with government as is the normal procedure.
“Of particular concern to cabinet is the timing of the planned price increase which is coming exactly two days before the national independence celebrations.
” Such a move, whether by design or otherwise, certainly has the effect of dampening the mood of the nation.
“Cabinet therefore calls on Bakers Association of Zimbabwe to defer the planned hike in the price of bread in order to allow for the normal mutual consultations to take place,” she said.
Mutsvangwa said President Emmerson Mnangagwa had stated that  government has an open door policy and stand ready for any engagements and consultations in order to ensure that the economy stabilises.
“Furthermore, the unilateral action does not bode well to ongoing efforts by government to engage in dialogue with all stakeholders, business included, with a view to creating a stable environment where business can compete and thrive.
“It can be recalled that on 29 October 2019, President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with business leaders at the state house where he stated that government has an open door policy and stand ready for any engagements and consultations in order to ensure that the economy stabilises,” Mutsvangwa said.
She said consultations were aimed at facilitating a clearer understanding the issues of concern and to explore solutions.
“As such,  unilateral price hikes,  particularly on basic commodities that our people cannot do without is not in consonance with the spirit of mutual engagement which government is encouraging.
“The consultations are aimed at facilitating a clearer understanding the issues of concern and to explore solutions thereto,” Mutsvangwa said.