Counterfeit bond notes claim raises stink
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.