The 316th ordinary session of the Zanu PF Politburo that met at the party headquarters in Harare today has noted a noticeable price reduction of some basic commodities, with more reductions expected.

Addressing journalists at the end of meeting, Zanu PF Secretary for Information an Publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said in a report presented to the Politburo, Vice President and the party’s Second Secretary, Rtd General Dr Constantino Chiwenga said a multi-stakeholder consultation has been undertaken with the industry, government and civil society.

He said the report noted that the price of fuel as a cost driver across the board and its impact on the general populace has to some extent been addressed and will continuously be monitored.

Cde Khaya Moyo also noted that the issue of foreign currency generation must be viewed as a business mandate and not just the responsibility of government alone.

“The government does not intend to tamper with market prices as this might cause unnecessary distortions in the economy,” he added.

Cde Khaya Moyo also noted that the pharmaceutical industry remains a cause for concern for the government.

In the report presented by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Resettlements, Rtd Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri it was stated the country is currently food secure with  998 826 metric tonnes of maize in the granary.

He said in the face of erratic rainfall, irrigation equipment has been procured to alleviate the inadequate rains and increase crop productivity.

The Zanu PF Secretary for the Commissariat, Rtd. Lt. General Engelbert Rugeje reported on the voter registration exercise and state of the party in general ahead of elections this year.

The Department of External Relations led by Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Rtd. Lt. Gen Dr Sibusiso Moyo briefed the Politburo on the President’s tour of the region, the Davos meeting and the recent AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Before the beginning of the meeting, which lasted more than five hours, President Emmerson Mnangagwa met the leaders of the Youth League who showed him what they have done to launch the #EDHasMyVote social media campaigning platform.