Govt “To Come Down Heavily” On Traders Illegally Making Profit On Coronavirus

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has warned traders who sell essentials in the fight against coronavirus against charging exorbitant prices saying the government would be forced to act.

He made the remarks while addressing the media at State House in Harare Monday where he was updating the nation on the coronavirus outbreak. He said:

I appeal to those involved in the manufacturing and trading of materials essential in the fight against coronavirus to resist the temptation of callously feeding fat on the current situation through extortionate pricing.

These materials include protective clothing, masks and sanitisers among other items. Any evidence of irresponsible corporate misbehaviour will leave government with no option but to come down heavily on offenders. We will have to behave responsibly in order to protect the public.

His remaks when reports suggest that protective clothing, gloves, saniters and masks are now in short supply worldwide.

Only recently, a local pharmacy chain claimed that it was making a killing out of coronavirus as there are only a few suppliers.

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