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Cost of Living for Zimbabwe Households Up 2% in May

The Consumer Council of Zimbabwe said Wednesday that the monthly cost of basic goods and services for a family of six rose 2% in May to US$437 from US$427 in April driven by strong rises in rents and charges for basic utilities and services.

Consumer Council Regional Officer for Matebeleland Comfort Muchekeza said food prices have declined, but water, electricity and transport charges meanwhile have surged.

Muchekeza told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the government should regulate rates for services which enjoy a monopoly.

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