The Zimbabwe Government has removed duty on all foodstuffs as a way of ensuring their availability as well as protect hard-pressed citizens against the continued inflationary pressures that have resulted in constant price increases.
The Cabinet had recently announced the removal of import duty on wheat and maize meal but the Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa announced has extended it to all foodstuffs. This move will ensure Zimbabweans get access to food in the wake of continued shortages in the country.
“The intention is to ensure that by all means possible, citizens’ right to access food is protected until such a time that another review shall be deemed necessary. This will be done for such a time that we have enough food in the country; that then will be regulated,” the Information Minister said.
Currently, over 5 million people face starvation due to a severe drought in the country last year.