MAPUTO, 14 April 2021 – A 20 percent hike in the price of bread has poor households in Mozambique gnashing their teeth in protest.
Poor households in the capital, Maputo, and in the nearby city of Matola, are among the worst hit.
The Mozambican Bakers’ Association also known as “Amopao” – meaning “I love bread” – in reaction to three increases in the price of wheat flour since the beginning of 2021.
Price controllers at the government-run National Inspectorate of Economic Activities have reportedly been sent out to investigate the price hikes.
Officials at the Inspectorate say bakers who cannot justify the increase in prices will be forced to bring prices back down.
Increases in the price of bread have had some deadly consequences on Mozambique before.
In 2010, over a dozen people were killed and 400 others injured during riots across the country which followed a 30 percent hike that year in the price of bread.
The government of Mozambique put in place a subsidy to make wheat flour more affordable, keeping bread prices lower than they would have otherwise been.