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Govt must protect consumers

I THINK Finance minister Tendai Biti’s recent assessment of the situation prevailing in our economy  –– concerning the issue of the rising prices of goods and services –– is fair.

Businesses by their very nature are primed towards profit making. It is the government’s role to protect the public from monopolies and unfair trade practices. Appealing to business alone will not work.

Policies are needed to pre-empt speculative tendencies. These should not be knee jerk as we are used to seeing from the Zanu PF government but well thought out.

John Nzara,
Harare.

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