President Robert Mugabe has condemned businesses that are bent on derailing economic gains through unexplained price increases and profiteering.

Addressing thousands of Zimbabweans who welcomed him at Harare International Airport after his visit to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the President implored the people not to worry as the government will soon resolve the issue of wanton price increases of basic commodities.

He said the issue could have arisen as a result of some elements colluding with those who are bent on discrediting the ruling party Zanu PF in the face of the coming 2018 elections.

“There are people who want things to be bad in the country so that the people will demonstrate against us. The people are however now aware of such moves and can no longer be swayed do easily. I am back and will look into the matter. Be it fuel or cooking oil shortages, that is not a problem we are unable to address,” said Cde Mugabe.

He urged Zimbabweans to remain united and preserve peace ahead of the 2018 elections.

Cde Mugabe also spoke about his address at the UNGA about how the United States is opposed to other countries making or owning nuclear weapons yet Washington’s itself owns and has used them on other nations.

He also spoke against the bully behaviour of the US President Donald Trump at the gathering where he condemned Venezuela, DPRK and Iran, saying all countries rich and poor, big or small have equal rights and a right to self determination as enshrined in the UN Charter.

President Mugabe and his delegation to New York were welcomed on arrival by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and several government officials.

Cde Mugabe’s return coincided with a sudden price hike of basic foods and fuel.