AGG secretary general McDonald Chipenzi has said the continued sky-rocketing commodity prices since the removal of subsidies on fuel and agricultural product has given them the resolve to continue with the campaign.
Chipenzi said the the consortium of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) championing the Black Friday will continue the campaign until government finds a lasting solution in ameliorate the sufferings of the poor people in the country.
“The rise in inflation by 0.3% as announced by the Central Statistics Office vindicates our argument on the negative impact of the government’s unilateral decision on the removal of subsidies.
“In this regard, we are resolved to sustain the campaign and is so humbled by the overwhelming support from individuals, communities, CSOs and professional bodies. In this vein, this week’s Black Friday Campaign will be observed in the communities while sympathizers are urged to continue putting on black attire every Friday.”
He said in preparation for the national prayer vigil coming in the next few days, Black Friday members and sympathizers should visit and seek permission from various denominations and church leaders on Saturdays and Sundays to talk about the rising cost of living and the need for them to be part of the forthcoming national prayer vigil once the date is decided.