Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Monday warned landlords in the country not to raise rent as he vowed to keep in place his government's strict control over prices.
In a speech to honour fighters who died in the country's 1970s war of independence from white minority rule, Mugabe warned that rentals were now being controlled by his government.
"Landlords take care: the moratorium on rent increases remains in force," he said to cheers from a crowd of several thousand at Heroes' Acre, a national shrine on the outskirts of the capital.
More than 7,000 people, including shop and garage owners and company officials, have been arrested since the government decreed in June that the prices of all goods and services in the country should be reduced by at least 50 per cent.
Mugabe said Monday the move was necessary to protect ordinary Zimbabweans from a brutal and merciless price war being waged by greedy business people.
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