Zimbabwe Police warns against charging prices in foreign currency

July 2, 2019
| Report Focus News

Harare-The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has warned shop owners against charging prices of commodities in US dollars.

In a statement the ZRP said citizens should feel free to move and protected from unscrupulous dealers.

“Members of the public should feel free to move from one place to another as police are providing adequate security to business, schools, colleges and residential areas.

“In the same vein, supermarkets and shops are implored to display commodity prices in order to allow members of the public to access goods and services in an environment which gives them room to plan, coordinate and buy the items freely without any form of manipulation by unscrupulous dealers” read the statement

ZRP further added “The ZRP warns all those who are charging commodities in United States dollars that they risk being arrested as the law will be applied without fear or favour”

The warning comes in the wake of Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019 which banned the use of foreign currency in local trading, with Government announcing that all transactions should be done in local currency.

SI 142 dealt a major blow to civil servants who had been pushing for their salaries to be pegged in US dollars.

The multicurrency regime was introduced in 2009 as a way of curbing the deteriorating economy.