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Minister Intervenes In Supermarket, Customers’ Mealie Meal Standoff

Some retailers are reportedly forcing customers to buy goods that they do not need for them to be allowed to purchase the government-subsidised mealie meal.

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube had to intervene at Galaxy Cash and Carry Supermarket in the city where customers were asked to buy groceries worth $150 first. Said Minister Ncube:

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.

The government last year introduced a mealie meal subsidy as the product is the staple for most vulnerable households in Zimbabwe.

The price of a 10kg bag of mealie meal had shot to over $100 and under the subsidy, it is sold for $50.

More: Chronicle

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