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Minister to the rescue as shop forces customers to buy groceries to get mealie meal

Minister to the rescue as shop forces customers to buy groceries to get mealie meal. The incident occurred at Customers Galaxy Cash and Carry Supermarket located along Fort Street between Leopold Takawira and 8th avenues in Bulawayo.

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube came to the customers’ rescue in a local supermarket that was selling a 10kg of subsidised roller meal on condition that a customer-first bought groceries worth $150.

There was chaos as customers who had been queuing outside for hours said they only had money to buy mealie-meal and could not afford to buy the groceries. The price of roller meal was slashed last year after the Government introduced a subsidy.

In an interview, Ncube said she intervened at the supermarket and convinced its owner to sell the mealie-meal unconditionally. “I visited the supermarket and spoke to a man who seemed to be the owner of the supermarket.

“He said he placed the condition as a way of controlling the long queue but from my observation the queue was short as compared to what we normally see so I do not know what their main motive was.

“We managed to reason with the owner and we were able to rectify the problem,” she said.

“We will engage the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe to look into the situation because it is not fair for a person who for example has only $50 to buy a 10kg bag of mealie-meal to get to a supermarket and be told to first buy grocery worth $150 or $200 to get the commodity.”

Ncube urged consumers to resist bad practices and condemned businesses that seek to make mega-profits out of people’s misery.

A woman who preferred anonymity said such bad business practices were affecting ordinary citizens who are already struggling. “We are unable to buy cheap mealie-meal from the black market because we do not have access to cash that is required there.

Source – iHarare

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