Zimbabwe opposition says people’s trust and confidence cannot be gazetted


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Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change today roundly condemned the reintroduction of the Zimbabwe dollar saying trust and confidence, which any transacting public must have before they use a currency, cannot be gazetted.

Zimbabwe today announced that the Zimbabwe dollar, in the form of bond notes and RTGS dollar, is now the only legal tender ending 10 years of using a multi-currency regime.

While noting that it remains to be seen how the market will respond to the madness, the MDC said the “knee-jerk monetary policy introduced in the dead of the night is reminiscent of the rushed decisions of this regime”.

It said that the fuel price increases announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the dead of night and that caused a furore in the country’s economy was a case in point.

The MDC, which has threatened to bring the government down to its knees through mass demonstrations, warned:  “With the current madness in government, it is important to state that the people reserve their right to express their displeasure at the free-falling economy and the knee-jerk policies that those in authority introduce when they so wish.”

The government has been talking about introducing its own currency for months but the idea has been shot down by the opposition and some economists who favour dollarisation.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said dollarisation or adopting the South African rand was not currency reform. It was capitulation.

He, however, repeatedly refused to say when a new currency will be introduced saying this would only fuel speculation. Here is what he said five months ago.

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Full MDC statement:

Monday, 24 June 2019

Ambushing and waylaying the economy: The Zanu PF way

Today, the nation was shocked at the gazetting Statutory Instrument 142 which basically reintroduces the Zimbabwe dollar, even in the absence of addressing the economic fundamentals to support the local currency.

Despite government’s promise that it would introduce a new Zimbabwe currency in the next nine months while it addresses the fundamentals, the regime today just ambushed the nation and reintroduced the Zimbabwean dollar as the only legal tender in local transactions. This means that the multi-currency regime, which provided some modicum of decency and predictability, has been thrown out of the window in favor of the volatile local currency that is not backed by adequate gold and foreign currency reserves.

In spite of SI 142, it is important to state that trust and confidence, which any transacting public must have before they use a currency, cannot in themselves be gazetted.

Today’s decision shows the lack of coherent, prudent and predictable policy, which is important to retain trust and confidence in a country’s economy. Policy consistency and predictability are key tenets for any economy to succeed.

It remains to be seen how the market will respond to the madness, but the knee-jerk monetary policy introduced in the dead of the night is reminiscent of the rushed decisions of this regime. The fuel price increases announced by Mr Mnangagwa himself in the dead of night and that caused a furore in the country’s economy are a case in point.

With the current madness in government, it is important to state that the people reserve their right to express their displeasure at the free-falling economy and the knee-jerk policies that those in authority introduce when they so wish.

MDC: Defining a new course for Zimbabwe.
Luke Tamborinyoka
MDC Deputy National Spokesperson

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