Former Vice President and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, has filed a lawsuit against President Robert Mugabe and his government over the controversial import ban on basic consumer goods. She argues that the imports ban is in fact escalating poverty levels among ordinary Zimbabweans.
She says that by requiring a permit for the import of basic goods, the government has to all intents and purposes banned the import of those goods by the poor, who could not afford the permits or access the acquiring process.
The government imposed a ban on some consumer goods imports last month, ostensibly to reduce imports in the wake of worsening cash shortages, and to stimulate local industry.
Under Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016, the government banned the import of many food products. South Africa, through its Department of Trade and Industry (dti), has formally expressed grave concern over the imports ban.
“The adverse impact on South African exporters cannot be underestimated and the dti continues to be responsive to affected exporters and to make representations to the government of Zimbabwe,” a South African government official said last week.