When confronted about the rampant ‘illegal’ cash sales in Zimbabwe, this is what the minister had to say…

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Chinamasa wearing specs

So back in Uni whenever we’d get to the deadline of an assignment and realise that we haven’t actually completed (or even started) the assignment we had two options; we could either look confused or lazy. Confused was more like “I had no idea there was an assignment due” or “I had no idea what the assignment required of me” while lazy would be… well lazy!

I don’t know what it is about being lazy, but it seems that 100% of the time students would choose to press the ‘confused button’ to their lecturers more than the former. And sadly, I just realised that this isn’t just a student thing but it’s sooo widespread, even all the way to government ministers.

Yesterday the honourable Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa when asked for comments over the ‘illegal’ sale of cash in Zimbabwe aka cash black markets he said “…..I am not saying cash is not being sold, but I do not know about it because I would not be there when people sell it.” Wait, what does that even mean??? I mean coming from the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, how is it even possible not to know what’s on the ground? It’s all over the place and on the news, Techzim included,

Problem is, on the surface it almost always (if not always) seems like the smarter choice to look confused more than lazy. Well, guess the assumption is: confused can draw a bit of sympathy while lazy instantly infuriates the other party. But guess what, confused is way worse! Confused translates to incompetence, negligence and most importantly laziness, yes back to laziness – and that is much more infuriating. It even gets worse with as we scale up the level of responsibility; with students well, it’s just the student’s life and maybe some family members but not so much with somebody who is responsible for the finances of millions of people.

And also, what’s getting to us is not just the level of responsibility in terms of numbers, but also the subject in question, money! Money as we know is a very, very, very sensitive topic. It’s no secret that Zimbabweans are not having it easy because of these bond notes and cash crisis.  It gets even worse when in the midst of all this all we hear is the first family living the life; the Rolls Royce, the New York visit, the daily allowances what what which I’m not going to get into right now.

Nonetheless, just in case you’re amongst those that have no idea of what’s on the ground in Zimbabwe, I’ll give you the rates as of today… which are subject to change of course:

USD : Bond is at 15%

USD : RTGS is at 40%

Bond: RTGS / Ecocash is at 30%

However, though the promise was to ‘take time to look into the issue’ don’t expect any government intervention just as yet since according to Minister Chinamasa, there is no law against such.


  1. Senator Tutu

    Zvakaoma zvemuno

  2. Garikai Dzoma

    The president does not know about 2008, he does not know about police corruption nor does he know about the economic meltdown. Apparently that absolves him so this ought to do for the honourable minister

  3. MacdChip

    Thats what happens when all citizens doesnt respect laws!

  4. Freedom

    Sorry point of correction on the rates

    Bond 25-_30%
    Rtgs 55%

    As at yesterday
    Its infuriating
    Why create a situation that will tempt people to make ends meet with an illegality.
    Chinamasa & Mangudya were warned about introducing the fake money and they said if it does not yield the intended results they will resign..
    Where are we now?

    We now have to be a banana republic again as in 2008?
    Welcome back to empty shelves and car trunks becoming butcheries.

    1. Worried

      Today at 6pm:

      USD:RTGS – 67%

  5. Takambozvireva

    So sad to learn the ignorance of the ‘learned’ government officials who once claimed lemons can be oranges.

  6. FED UP

    It won’t change because the very ministers that should take action and craft proper policies are involved as they were in 2008 with the street dealing

  7. Vote For APA Zimbabwe

    so guys do we still want to wait for 2018 to happen or Wat…we need to take change into our own hands

  8. VaChinyani

    Vatongi veZimbabwe havana nyadzi, havatombonyara zvavo.

  9. Anonymous

    zvakuda JEHOVAH mbune

  10. Dofo2012

    He wouldn’t know of shortages as he gets his money (US$) from from RBZ!! Fricking thieves