Norton Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa has spoken against price controls and said market forces should be allowed to determine prices.
Mliswa added that unjustified price hikes are a security threat and the Joint Operations Command (JOC) should be given a role to deal with the arbitrary and unjustified price hikes. JOC brings together state security arms, that is, the military, police and intelligence. Said Mliswa:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s not about price controls but market forces. However above all the scourge of CORRUPTION but be dealt. Unscrupulous businesspeople must stop using any opportunity to fleece the already struggling masses.
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Why should talk be left to us, where are the responsible authorities? They must move in with a mechanism to address these issues even beginning with a stakeholder’s meeting which is key to understand everyone’s concerns. Mnangagwa is a listening President.
Where are the Ministers in playing their role? Why isn’t Joint Operations Command (JOC) being given space to do its job or it’ll be redundant in government? Unjustified prices are a security threat. If JOC implement Cabinet decisions and those decisions are reversed then it becomes useless the market a free for all.