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Zimbabwe Retailers Increase Sugar, Meat Prices

Prices of some basic commodities such as meat, mealie-meal and sugar have gone up by $1 following an increase of excise duty on fuel announced by the government last week.

Residents of Harare, Gweru, Bulawayo and Lupane Business Centre told VOA Studio 7 that the price of a 2 kilogram bag of roller meal has gone up from $6 to $7.

They say ration meat prices also went up Saturday from $4 to $6 a kilogram.

Lupane villager Kennie Mpofu said retailers are attributing the price increases to petrol prices which went from $1.50 to $1.59 cents a litre in some parts of the country.

“These shocking increases have driven away shoppers who can’t manage to buy what they want,” said Mpofu.
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Director Rosemary Siyachitema of the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe said the price increases will affect poor Zimbabweans currently living below the breadline of about $590 per month for an urban family of six.

“We always expect prices of basic commodities to go up whenever there are fuel price hikes,” said Siyachitema.
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