Chamisa tells industry minister to stop waffling


Movement for Democratic Change deputy president Nelson Chamisa told Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha to stop waffling when he was asked what the government was doing to stop hyperinflation since prices had gone up by as much as 100 percent.

Bimha said the prices had rocketed because of unsubstantiated reports on the social media.

The country was also experiencing foreign currency problems.

But the government had decided to address the in two ways.

It had put up a task force to look into the price escalations as well as availability of basic commodities.

Chamisa interrupted Bimha before he could state the second way complaining that the minister was waffling and talking about policy.

The best way to address the issue was for Bimha to issue a ministerial statement so that legislators could ask him questions.

John Holder who had asked the original question insisted he wanted to know what the government was doing because prices were going up every day.

Bimha said his ministry was talking to the business sector.

Asked by Temba Mliswa whether he was admitting that there was now political instability in the country, Bimha dodged the question saying that the issue of economic stability was the responsibility of “all of us”.

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