The President instructed Ncube to reverse the scrapping of the subsidy while addressing youths at the 2019 National Youth Convention at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma. He said:
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Two days ago I heard that the subsidy on mealie-meal and rice was removed. No.
I want to say this here, the issue of mealie-meal affects a lot of people and we cannot remove the subsidy. So I am restoring it so that the price of mealie-meal is also reduced.
During the 2020 national budget presentation, Ncube announced that subsidies on mealie meal and flour would be removed.
The move, however, triggered a sharp increase in the price of the commodities, with the price of mealie meal going up by close to 100 per cent.