Bus fares up nearly 200%

HARARE - Fares for long distance buses have gone up by nearly 200%, adding more strain to passengers hard hit by the economic crisis in Zimbabwe. A single trip to Mutare from Harare now cost at least a Z$1m up from Z$340,000 and it's now ZW$1.8m from ZW$800,000 to go from Harare to Bulawayo. Bus

es are still scarce in Harare, leaving commuters stranded for at least two days at Mbare Musika. Many of them have had to brave the heavy downpour that Harare has been experiencing since last Friday.

Prices of basic goods have also gone up Wednesday with a 2l bottle of cooking oil going for Z$560,000 up from Z$210,000, a bar of soap Z$300.000 from Z$130,000. Mealie meal is in short supply in the main outlets like OK and TM supermarkets and in Harare people are queuing up overnight and in the rain to get the commodity direct from the millers.

The latest inflation hike has been caused by the recent increase in fuel prices to Z$130,000 per litre after the government’s liberalisation of the oil industry. Dealers are charging anything from $130,000 to $160,000 per litre. – SW Radio Africa

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