Major climbdown
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With the cost of most commodities either shooting up daily or simply not available on the shelves, something really had to give.

Having banned the importation of a number of things to protect the local industry, the government was this week left with no choice but to rethink that decision as shelves were running empty.

For commodities that were available, they were way beyond the reach of many.

In any case, there really is no industry to talk about as the manufacturing sector is as good as dead.

I went into a few supermarkets this week, including the leading stores, Pick n Pay and Choppies, to gain a fresh appreciation of new prices and to buy a few things so I can get Mazoe Orange juice (gosh I miss the days when my biggest worry was the taste of Mazoe!). I must say the prices really were ridiculous.

Of course the retailers can justify their high prices – and understandably so because they buy their stock mainly from South Africa despite selling in what is now referred to as bollars (combination of bond notes and the US dollar) in street lingo.

The root cause of all the madness is that Zimbabwe has no sound economy let alone a currency to talk about.

But before I digress too far, let me explain what I meant by saying I needed to buy a few things so can I get Mazoe.

What is happening now in most shops is that you need to buy groceries worth more than $15 (P150) to be able to buy Mazoe or cooking oil which cost an average of $3 (P30) and $5 (P50) respectively.

These two commodities are not available on the shelves but rather are with the till operator, ready to give those in need but only after they purchase the minimum required $15 worth of items.

While it may seem outrageous that one has to buy other goods to get these commodities, I personally think it’s not a bad idea, especially in the current situation because many Zimbos seem to have developed a hoarding syndrome, which results in unnecessary shortages.

Major climbdown

If we could just buy what we need I am sure some of the goods would not be in such serious short supply.

Anyway, the good news, at least for those with access to forex, is that the government on Tuesday made a major climb down and lifted the ban on importation of most commodities including cooking oil, cement, stockfeed, agrochemicals, juice blends, sugar, soap, salad creams among other things.

Allowing individuals and companies to import these goods and more, will ensure better availability and thus bring down prices as there will be less demand.

What this also effectively means is that the bond will eventually die a natural death. Who will want to sell in a currency that has no value beyond borders?

This also means that the government will surely have to come to its senses and officially scrap off the bond so people can be paid in real money – after all, it’s what makes the world go round and Zimbabwe is no different.

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The bond cannot be just scrapped off it is over printing of money who had access to the RBZ who allowed this to happen how long has it been happening. Who has been having access to the $ if one brings in dollars they are automatically changed to Bondnotes who is taking the US$ it could be the elite


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There is a possibility that this type of cartels are operating in many african countries and nothing is being done about them – remember the Gupta scenario in South Africa – Nothing has come out of it and why is it taking long – it should not take long – the Guptas should extradited if they are living in another country to prove themselves if they claim they are innocent


This is another topic that those at the very top and at SADC or Au Organisational level in continent refuse to talk about – human rights besides Corruption they go hand in hand “Former President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have been fingered in a Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission’s (ZHRC) report as human rights violators. by VENERANDA LANGA The 2017 ZHRC report, which was tabled before the National Assembly on Thursday, also pointed out that Zimbabweans were suffering due to corruption, political patronage and impunity. ZHRC chairperson Elasto Mugwadi said in the report 2017 witnessed gross violations of human… Read more »


Can guarantee the Mugabes and many others like them will get away with Human Rights Violations on ordinary citizens. They will be accorded red carpet treatment and pampered all the way while they get away with this


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