Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter
THE Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube has conceded that price controlled roller meal was being channelled to the black market while some retailers are selling the commodity at a higher price.
Responding to a question posed by Kwekwe Central Member of Parliament Masango “Blackman” Matambanadzo during Question and Answer Session in the House of Assembly yesterday, Minister Ncube insisted that roller meal should be $70 whilst acknowledging that most retailers were selling the commodity at $105 or more.
“We are aware that there are people who sell 10 kg roller meal at $105 or plus which is increasing panic among people,” he said.
Member of Parliament for Kambuzuma Constituency Wilias Madzimure made a supplement question, asking Minister Ncube to come up with a measure to recover the money from these retailers since there will be receipts and other evidence showing overcharging of the commodity.
Minister Ncube said they welcomed whoever could supply a list of retailers selling the mealie-meal at higher prices so to protect vulnerable groups.
“I do appreciate the frustration by the general people but I think it would tantamount to the price control and it will lead to another outcry.
“But as Government we still believe that the best policy is targeted at subsiding the person who needs to be subsided and that is where we are headed
“And I think that the best policy to deal with the issue less we be accused of price controls,” he said.