Coun­ter­feit bond notes claim raises stink

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa, as your pa­per re­ported, re­cently said that there are peo­ple al­ready print­ing fake bond notes with the in­ten­tion to cause con­fu­sion when the ac­tual bond notes are re­leased.

This rev­e­la­tion leaves more ques­tions than an­swers in the mind of the or­di­nary ci­ti­zen who is try­ing to wrap their mind around the new bond note con­cept.

Ques­tions are, if the bond notes are still not avail­able for the pub­lic to see them, where did these “un­scrupu­lous” el­e­ments in­tend­ing to print them get the de­signs?

Does this mean that within the sys­tem, those privy to pro­ceed­ings, leaked the de­sign? If so, is this not tan­ta­mount to na­tional sab­o­tage? Ac­cord­ing to my un­der­stand­ing, the notes are meant to solve a na­tional prob­lem, the cur­rent cash cri­sis and jeop­ar­dis­ing their smooth flow is work­ing against the well­be­ing of the pop­u­lace.

Does this also mean that the struc­tures sur­round­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the bond notes are not wa­ter­tight?

Also, I would like to ask what was done to these peo­ple who were mak­ing at­tempts to print their own ver­sion of the bond note. I am sure since this is a matter of pub­lic in­ter­est, the peo­ple need to know.

Pub­lic knowl­edge of what be­fell these cul­prits will help in de­ter­ring fu­ture at­tempts of the same na­ture. I be­lieve Trea­sury and the RBZ are at a point where they are try­ing to push the pub­lic to ac­cept the forth­com­ing bond note. This is a time where trans­parency is a key el­e­ment.

If the pub­lic feels as if im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion is be­ing kept away from them, they will re­sist the bond note with­out doubt.

A del­i­cate idea such as the bond note can­not af­ford dis­tur­bances of this na­ture and it is my sin­cere wish that in the run up to their in­tro­duc­tion, we do not hear of sim­i­lar cases, if their in­tro­duc­tion is go­ing to gain trac­tion. Tapiwa Mah­wema. THE prob­lem of pirate taxis will not go away any time soon. The coun­trty’s ma­jor cities and towns do not have the ca­pac­ity to deal with the is­sue. The Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice take a big gam­ble but we all know that once money starts flow­ing into the pock­ets of some greedy among them they regress to the sta­tus quo. If we do not tackle cor­rup­tion first, then ev­ery­thing in the trans­port sec­tor will re­main as is. — Com­muter.

I AM grate­ful for the rains have fallen in some parts of the coun­try even though they have been sparse and short. It has been get­ting re­ally hot in most parts of the coun­try. At least now the rain has cooled us a bit. I still urge peo­ple to stay hy­drated and make sure that they are pro­tected from the sun. It is easy to suf­fer a heat stroke or some­thing worse. I would also like to urge peo­ple to be wary of light­ning strike and hope that the Civil Pro­tec­tion Unity ed­u­cate our peo­ple about the dan­gers of cross­ing flooded rivers, make peo­ple aware that they should not stay in shaky struc­tures as they can be blown away by strong winds or de­stroyed by hail­storms. – Tau­rai Wenyika

A pirate taxi loads passengers into the boot of a Honda Fit while block­ing traf­fic along 8th Av­enue in Bulawayo in this file photo.

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