Queue Jumping Police Officers Banned From Buying Mealie Meal While In Uniform

Police Officers Banned From Buying Mealie Meal While In Uniform

Police Officers Banned From Buying Mealie Meal While In Uniform
Police Officers Banned From Buying Mealie Meal While In Uniform ( Image Credit: Twitter/@AndUnfiltered)

 

Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have been banned from buying mealie meal while clad in their police uniforms. This follows numerous complaints that the police officers are abusing their uniforms to gain an unfair advantage and jump the queues for basic commodities such as subsidized mealie meal. Police officers have subsequently been accused of hoarding basic commodities which they would have managed to purchase using their uniforms.

As a result of this, the police officers have been banned from buying mealie meal while clad in uniform. Below is a letter from the Bulawayo Provincial Police Headquarters advising of the new regulations:

 

 FROM: PROPOL BULAWAYO

TO:  ALL STATIONS CLASS ‘A’ BULAWAYO

RDO:  CC 562/20 DD 18/04/20

SUBJECT: PROHIBITION OF PURCHASE OF MEALIE-MEAL BY POLICE OFFICERS IN UNIFORM STOP

THIS OFFICE OBSERVED WITH GREAT CONCERN THE LEVEL OF SERIOUS CONTEMPT AND DISREGARD OF POLICE STANDARD OF DISCIPLINE IN CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AND VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN BULAWAYO STOP

MEMBERS ARE SEEN MOVING AROUND CARRYING BAGS OF MEALIE-MEAL IN UNIFORM STOP

IT IS AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND THAT ADDRESSEES CMM WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT CEASE TO PURCHASE MEALIE-MEAL IN POLICE UNIFORM STOP

OFFICERS AND MEMBERS IN CHARGE STATIONS ARE THUS DIRECTED TO COMPILE LISTS OF MEMBERS UNDER THEIR COMMAND AND FORWARD THEM TO THIS HEADQUARTERS AS ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE WITH MILLERS TO DELIVER THE COMMODITY AT POLICE CAMPS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE STOP

ADDRESSEES ARE DIRECTED TO TREAT THIS SIGNAL WITHOUT DISDAINCY STOP

ANYONE WHO SHALL BE SEEN LOADED WITH MEALIE-MEAL IN THEIR PERSON WHILST IN POLICE UNIFORM WILL BE ARRESTED AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION TAKEN STOP

STOP STOP

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191035B SS

 

Below is the actual document.

Police Officers Banned From Buying Mealie Meal While In Uniform
Police Officers Banned From Purchasing Mealie Meal While In Uniform

 

 


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    Zimbabwe Orders Businesses To FREEZE Prices And Revert To March 25, 2020 Levels

    Zimbabwe Orders Businesses To Freeze Prices

    Zimbabwe Orders Businesses To Freeze Prices
    Vice President Kembo Mohadi ( Image Credit: Zimpapers)

     

    The Zimbabwe government has ordered businesses operating in the country to freeze the prices of goods and services and to revert to the prices which were on March 25, 2020. This was announced on Wednesday afternoon by  Vice President Kembo Mohadi who is the chairperson of the National Covid-19 Taskforce.

    Mohadi announced the freezing of prices as part of the government’s efforts to protect the citizens during the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease. Some businesses have taken advantage of the national lockdown regulations which limit consumers to a 5km radius when shopping to increase prices and make super-profits.  Some businesses have gone as far as charging 200 percent of the prices prevailing elsewhere in what has been described as price madness in some quarters.

    However, the price moratorium only applies to specific basic commodities following negotiations between the government, the Grain Millers of Zimbabwe (GMAZ), the Oil Expressers Association of Zimbabwe (OEAZ), the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe and the Confederation Of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR).

     

    Zimbabwe Orders Businesses To Freeze Prices
    Zimbabwe Orders Businesses To Freeze Prices

     

    However, many social media users have expressed their scepticism on the efficacy of the government’s new directive which they argue is unrealistic as market forces will determine the prices.   Some have also cautioned that the government’s new move could result in massive shortages of the basic commodities as business people will be resisting the government’s command approach.

     

     

    Below are some of the reactions to the freezing of prices from social media users.

     


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    RBZ Speaks On LEAKED Document Which Speaks Of Using US Dollar And De-Dollarising Over 5-Year Period

    RBZ Speaks On Devaluing Zimbabwe Dollar

    RBZ Speaks On LEAKED Internal Document

    RBZ Speaks On LEAKED Internal Document

     

    The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has finally spoken out over an internal document which was leaked to the media. The document in question outlined plans on how the country would continue to use the United States Dollar (USD) for some local transactions and how the currency would eventually be phased out over a five year period.

    The Reserve Bank did not disown the document but insisted that is only a draft document which is still being considered and which may not even be adopted at all.  It also means that the monetary authorities may choose to adopt some of the measures outlined in the document and disregard other measures.

    According to central bank governor, John Panonetsa Mangudya, the culprit who leaked the document is a senior economist at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe who has been identified as Philton Makena.  Makena has since been suspended from his job for ethical and confidentiality violations and is now facing disciplinary proceedings.

    Below is the full statement released by the Reserve Bank on the leaked document.

    The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe wishes to advise the public that the document titled “De-dollarisation Road Map” which has been circulating on social media was leaked by a senior Bank economist, Philton Makena, who had access to a document on the macro-economic policy measures to support the five-year de-dollarisation strategy which was being worked on by a team of economists in the Bank. The draft document should, therefore, be disregarded.

    The draft document was being worked on by the team of economists on a computer allocated to a chief economist in the bank, Paul Gilmour Mukoki. The bank has since established that Mr Mukoki was not responsible for the leakage of the document.

    Mr Makena’s conduct amounted to breach of the oath of secrecy by which all Bank employees are bound. Accordingly, the Bank has suspended him, with immediate effect and has commenced disciplinary proceedings against him.

    The Bank sincerely regrets the anxiety and inconvenience the leaked document may have caused

    John P Mangudya

    Reserve Bank Governor

     

     

    RBZ Speaks On LEAKED Internal Document
    RBZ Speaks On LEAKED Internal Document

    In case you are interested, you can download the leaked document in PDF Format on the link below

    DE-DOLLARISATION ROADMAP DOCUMENT

     


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    Here Is The GMAZ Zonal Distribution Schedule For Subsidized Mealie Meal For All Of Zimbabwe

    Zonal Distribution Schedule For Subsidized Mealie Meal

    Zonal Distribution Schedule For Subsidized Mealie Meal
    Mealie Meal Queue (Image Credit: Twitter)

     

    The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) have introduced a zonal distribution system for the supply of subsidized maize mealie meal. This comes as the 21-day national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus has largely been disrupted by long winding queues of desperate Zimbabweans seeking to buy the country’s staple at affordable prices.

    The subsidized maize meal is currently retailing for $80 for a 10-kilogram packet. On the black market, however, the same packet goes for three times the price. Due to the scarcity and demand of the subsidized maize roller meal, this has largely resulted in citizens ignoring the calls for social distancing.

    However, the new zonal maize mealie meal zonal distribution system has been introduced to ensure compliance of the national lockdown regulations by. The new zonal distribution system which starts on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. will see maize meal being delivered to all residential shops in selected urban areas.

    The new system aims to minimize people travelling to and congregating in central business districts to buy the staple. Under the system, all shops would be allowed to open and sell the subsidized mealie meal in order to enhance the principle of social distancing.

    The Zimbabwe Republic Police have also been roped in to ensure that the is orderliness in the distribution and sale of the subsidized mealie meal. Speaking on the issue last week, GMAZ chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara said,

    “The Zimbabwe Republic Police has agreed to be members of GMAZ nationwide supplying maize meal using a zonal system in the main seven hotspots namely Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo, Marondera, Kwekwe, Gweru and Chitungwiza,” he said.

    “This arrangement will provide for more shops to receive and sell maize-meal so that consumers buy the product in their respective areas of residence. The police will provide the necessary passage and will deploy details to oversee the delivery and selling of the maize-meal.”

    ZRP chief of staff (operations), Commissioner Isaac TayengwaAlso spoke on the issue saying,

    “This arrangement will minimise movement of people to and from cities and towns and reduce congestion as the commodity is made available at various points. The system will allow the consumers to access the commodity from supermarkets and retail shops in areas where they stay,”

    Below is the GMAZ Full Distribution Schedule For Subsidized Mealie Meal For All Of Zimbabwe

     

    Distribution Schedule For Subsidized Mealie Meal
    Distribution Schedule For Subsidized Mealie Meal

     


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    Government Speaks On Suspending Rentals For 3 Months Due To Lockdown

    ED's spokesperson

    Government Speaks On Suspending Rentals 

     Government Speaks On Suspending Rentals

     

     

    The government has spoken out over an alleged directive from President Emmerson Mnangagwa which is ordering landlords to suspend rentals for 3 months due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) induced national lockdown. The government has dismissed the press statement saying that it has been fabricated and warned that the person behind the statement could be arrested for criminal conduct.

    The directive is going viral on social media and is based on a fabricated press statement which uses a manipulated letterhead from the Office of the President. iHarare noticed some obvious red flags on the statement which include grammatical errors as well as a clearly edited date.

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidential spokesperson dismissed the directive and confirmed that it had indeed been fabricated. Speaking to Zimbabwe-based fact-checking publication, Zimfact, Charamba said,

    “There is a fake Press Statement purportedly bearing an authentic signature of the State President, and purporting to direct property owners on rentals. The Statement has nothing to do with the President or his Office and actually passes for criminal conduct. Kindly disregard it,”

     

    Below is the fake directive ordering landlords to suspend rentals:

    ZIMBABWE PRESS STATEMENT

    RE: NOTICE TO ALL LANDLORDS AND LANDLADIES IN ZIMBABWE

    Due to Coronavirus that is now a pandemic and it’s causing a lot of damage to our economy. I direct to notify all the Landlords and Landladies in Zimbabwe not to collect rent from any Zimbabwean for the period of 3 Months (90 days) from the day of Lockdown. This will include residential and Business premises, Farms and Garages.

    Kindly note that for those who have received any payment as rental for the said period must return full amount without delay by 10th of April 2020. This is to allow Zimbabweans to stay home as we fight this war of the Corona Virus. There is a possibility to add lockdown days in Zimbabwe since we are receiving more cases of Corona Virus from other Countries as well as in Zimbabwe.

    Failure by any of the Landlords and Landladies to abide by this, will face the Law. Please let’s fight this Virus together and follow precautions of washing your hands and not greeting people.

    Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
    PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE

    07/04/20

     

     Government Speaks On Suspending Rentals
    Government Speaks On Suspending Rentals

     

    Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ndavaningi ‘Nick’ Mangwana added,

    Certainly the President has not issued a moratorium on the payment of rentals. The #Covid19Zim Taskforce discussed this request from some citizens and concluded that Govt cannot interfere with this civil contract under the current laws.

     

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    BREAKING: Zimbabwe In Shocking Fuel Price Hike

    Zimbabwe In Shocking Fuel Price Hike

    Fuel Queue After Fuel Price Increase
    Fuel Increase

     

    The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has approved an increase in the price of fuel after the government increased the amount of exercise duty.  The new fuel prices are effective Sunday, 5 April 2020.

    Diesel has now gone up to ZWL $21.52 from ZWL$18.66  per litre while Blended Petrol has gone up to ZWL$21.77 per litre from ZWL$18.70

    The new prices of fuel translate to US$0.20 (11 cents) per litre of diesel and US$0.12 (12 cents) per litre of blended petrol using the government-mandated foreign exchange rate of ZWL$25 for every United States Dollar (USD).

    However, using the ubiquitous black market rates which are more widely used by the generality of the population, this translates to US$0.07 ( 7 cents) per litre of diesel and US$0.08 ( 8 cents) per litre of blended petrol.

    Elsewhere, the global economic slowdown due to the novel coronavirus has seen fuel prices tumble. In South Africa, the decrease in prices of fuel has not been limited to just petrol and diesel but has been extended to LP gas and illuminating paraffin.

    Just last week, the price of decreased by between R1.76 (for 93) and R1.88 (for 95) per litre on, when the April adjustments in the regulated price came into force in South Africa.

    The price of illuminating paraffin dropped even more than LP gas month-on-month, by 22% to R8.41 per litre until at least 5 May, when the next price adjustment is due.

    That is in part due to a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, as demand for their oil plummeted amid airline shutdowns and a decrease in manufacturing in many industries reliant on oil and energy, as the heating-oil-hungry northern hemisphere moves into summer.

    Below is the full statement from ZERA which iHarare is publishing in its entirety.

     

     

    [Official Foreign Currency Exchange Rate: US$1 = 25 Zimbabwe Dollars, Black Market Rate: US$1 = 40 Zimbabwe Dollars]

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    Here Is The Full List Of Zimbabwe’s Bank/ZIPIT USSD Codes For Online Banking

    Here Is The Full List Of Zimbabwe's Bank/ZIPIT USSD Codes For Online Banking

    Full List Of Zimbabwe’s Bank/ZIPIT USSD Codes

     

    Due to the ongoing 21-day mandatory national lockdown which was instituted to curb the spread of the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic,  most people are currently unable to access their banks. The government has directed that all banks, bureaux de changes and other financial institutions should be closed for the duration of the national lockdown and should only be opened “in exceptional cases of emergency”.

    The government also ordered financial institutions to ensure that customers have “uninterrupted access to online banking and payment services” in an attempt to promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

    In a circular to banks, microfinance institutions and payment services providers, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) said,

     

    1. Following the announcement by His Excellency, the President, of a 21-day lockdown effective 30 March 2020, all banks, microfinance institutions and payment service providers will be required to provide limited essential services as follows:

    a) Providing uninterrupted access to online banking and payment services, including point of sale, international transactions, RIGS, mobile banking, mobile money payments and remittance services, to promote crowd containment and social distancing… 

    …2. For the avoidance of doubt, bank branches, agencies, banking halls and bureaux de change will be closed. However, arrangements may be made, in exceptional cases of emergency, to physically visit a bank.

    However, since the nationwide lockdown started on Monday, iHarare has been receiving calls and e-mails from some people who are no sure about the ZIPIT USSD codes for their banks. iHarare has since compiled a list of the USSD codes for Zimbabwe’s banks as of April 2020.

     

    Here Is The Full List Of Zimbabwe's Bank/ZIPIT USSD Codes For Online Banking

    Full List Of Zimbabwe’s Bank/ZIPIT USSD Codes

    Below is the full list of bank USSD codes in alphabetical order:

    • Agribank *277#
    • BancABC *242#
    • Barclays *229#
    • CABS *227#
    • CBZ *230#
    • Ecobank *245#
    • FBC Bank *220#
    • MBCA *299#
    • Meikles MyCash *212#
    • Metbank *234#
    • NBS *202#
    • NMB *240#
    • OneMoney *111#
    • POSB (Econet) *223#
    • POSB (Telecel & Netone) *222#
    • Stanbic *247#
    • Standard Chartered Bank *200#
    • Steward *210#
    • Telecash *888#
    • ZB Bank *400*600#

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    SHOCKING: Prices Go Haywire As Greedy Retailers Take Advantage of Lockdown

    Prices Go Haywire As Greedy Retailers Take Advantage of Lockdown

     

    In a sad development, prices have skyrocketed as some retailers have taken advantage of the 21-day national lockdown to increase prices and profiteer at the expense of the masses. The lockdown which was declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Friday to curb the spread of the coronavirus is currently on its third day.

    Security forces have been deployed to enforce the lockdown and some people have actually been arrested for defying the lockdown. Even though shopping for essentials is allowed under the law, many people are wary about going out following reports of abuses by law enforcement personnel.

    This has seen some retailers seeking to cash in on the desperate customers who did not have sufficient cash to stock up for the lockdown. Barely 12 hours after the lockdown was announced, some retailers had already adjusted their prices to cash in on people who were desperate to get enough supplies to last the lockdown.

    However, some have gone a step further and increased their prices even further to take advantage of the people who were unable to or who could not afford to buy groceries in sufficient quantities to last them till the lockdown.

    A disgruntled customer shared a receipt, which shows some of these outrageous prices, on social media. According to the receipt of the goods bought at Spar Express in Avondale, Harare, cooking oil is now going for an outrageous $300 for 2 Litres. This price is almost a 100 percent increase from the price that was obtaining less than a week ago. Mazoe Orange Crush cordial is going for an eye-popping $300 for 2 Litres. Before President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the 21-day lockdown, Mazoe Orange Crush was going for well below $150 for the 2 Litre container.

    Take a look at the prices below:

     

    Consumer protection watchdog, the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ)has decried the prices increases calling them unconscionable. The CCZ called on the government to protect vulnerable consumers from the greedy retailers. Writing on social media, the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe said,

    We are receiving reports from our network around the country of big increases in prices of food #COVID19 2lts cooking oil $Z117-150, 2kg brown sugar $195, pocket of potatoes $Z300-500, bread $Z30. It is unconscionable to increase prices of food at this time.

    We ask Government to step in and protect vulnerable Consumers whose pockets are overburdened as it and also trying to cope with the lockdown,

    The whole world, including Zimbabwe, have been gripped with the Coronavirus. It’s new to all of us and one of the best ways to keep yourself safe is to stay informed.

    Consider sharing this link with your friends and relatives on WhatsApp so that they can not only be informed, but they can know how to stay safe: wa.me/263718636522?text=Corona

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    Here Is How You Can Buy Groceries Online Using WhatsApp, Get Them Delivered To Your Home

    How You Can Buy Groceries Online Using WhatsApp

    How You Can Buy Groceries Online Using WhatsApp

    How You Can Buy Groceries Online Using WhatsApp
    How You Can Buy Groceries Online Using WhatsApp

    The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc across many people’s lives, as people try to listen to the authorities and stay home whenever possible. However, many people have been asking about how they will be able to buy their groceries without living the comfort of their homes. Well, Gain Cash & Cash has introduced a service which allows you to buy groceries online using WhatsApp and have your shopping delivered to your home.

    Gain Cash & Carry has introduced two separate services to cater for locally based Zimbabweans and those in the diaspora who need to buy groceries for their loved ones. Gain Cash & Carry has set up a series of dedicated WhatsApp lines through which interested customers can get a quotation and order their groceries.

    In order to buy groceries online using WhatsApp, follow the steps below:

    1. Send grocery list and physical address on WhatsApp. The WhatsApp numbers for the different cities are as below:

    Harare – 0731 662 133 & 0773 276 568
    Bulawayo – 0777 253 081
    Masvingo – 0778 211 003
    Mutare – 0772 612 816
    Gweru – 0773 218 749

    2. You will receive a quotation which includes the delivery charge. Payment can be made using EcoCash, OneMoney, RTGS transfers or Zipit.

    3. After making the payment, send the address for the point of pickup as well as your personal details like Name, Surname, ID Number and Phone Number to wait for delivery.

    For those in the diaspora, here are the steps you need to take.

    1. Send grocery list and physical address on WhatsApp. The WhatsApp numbers for the different cities are as below:

    Harare – +263 731 662 133 & +263 773 276 568
    Bulawayo – +263 777 253 081
    Masvingo – +263 778 211 003
    Mutare – +263 772 612 816
    Gweru – +263 773 218 749

    2. You will receive a quotation which includes the delivery charge.

    3. You then buy a grocery voucher of suitable value on www.zympay.com and you will receive the voucher number.

    4. Send voucher number and the personal details for the recipient. Include Name, Surname, ID Number and Phone Number of recipient to the number above.

    3. Groceries will be delivered within 48 hours.


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    Consider sharing this link with your friends and relatives on WhatsApp so that they can not only be informed, but they can know how to stay safe: wa.me/263718636522?text=Corona

    Stay safe, stay home


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    BREAKING: RBZ Says You Are Now Allowed To Use The US Dollar Locally

    RBZ Speaks On Devaluing Zimbabwe Dollar

    RBZ Says You Are Now Allowed To Use The US Dollar

    RBZ Speaks On Devaluing Zimbabwe Dollar
    You Are Now Allowed To Use The US Dollar  Says RBZ Governor John Mandudya

     

    The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe(RBZ) has declared that the United States Dollar can now be used to pay for goods and services in local transactions. This is part of the central bank’s measures to deal with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

    iHarare has also learned that the RBZ has suspended the recently introduced managed floating exchange rate and adopted a fixed exchange rate of ZWL$25 to USD1 until the markets stabilise from the effects of Covid-19.  However, the governor said that the measure will be reviewed when things get to normal.

    The government banned the use of foreign currency for local transactions in June last year.

    Below is the full statement from Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya.

    INTERVENTIONS IN RESPONSE TO THE FINANCIAL VULNERABILITIES CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Pursuant to His Excellency, the President’s 23 March 2020 Address to the Nation on additional measures to mitigate the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the Zimbabwean society and the economy, Government, through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe ( the Bank ), would like to advise the public that it is making it easier for the transacting public to conduct business during this difficult period by making available an option to use free funds to pay for goods and services chargeable in local currency. This intervention takes into account the country’s limited access to foreign finance, which is adversely affecting the country’s balance of payments position.

    The dispensation to use free funds will not only make payment for goods and services easier but will also promote social distancing as banks will be able to provide digital financial services to their customers that include producers of gold, tobacco and cotton and recipients of diaspora remittances. Digital financial transactions will go a long way in enhancing confidence in the economy and assisting banks to play a critical role as systemic stabilisers of the economy during these unprecedented times.

    Related to the above measures, Government, through the Bank, has suspended the managed floating exchange rate system to provide for greater certainty in the pricing of goods and services in the economy. In its place, the Bank has, with immediate effect, adopted a fixed exchange rate system at the current interbank level of ZW$25 to the US$. This measure will be reviewed when markets stabilise from the effects of COVID-19.

    Further, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank at its meeting of 24 March 2020, resolved to respond to the needs of the economy in the wake of COVID-19 through the following:

    1. Increasing the Medium Term Bank Accommodation Facility for supporting productive sector activities by an additional ZW$1 billion to ZW$2.5 billion. The additional amount will be targeted at financing the 2020 winter wheat planting programme;

    2. Reducing the Statutory Reserve Ratio from 5% to 4.5% in order to free some funds to the banks to enhance their lending activities;

    3. Reducing the Bank’s Policy rate from 35% to 25% with the expectation that banks will also follow suit and adjust their lending rates to meet the requirements of their customers that are being adversely affected by the pandemic; and

    4. The issuance of the Open Market Operations (OMO) Corporate Bills to enhance the monetary targeting framework that is necessary to support the exchange rate and to stabilise prices in the economy.

    The Bank also agreed with the banking sector to suspend increases in charges related to the provision of all electronic payments during these trying times. Similarly, the Bank is also engaging the mobile network providers to ensure that their mobile banking charges are reduced in order to promote electronic banking which is in line with social distancing.

    Whilst the legal instrument to bring the above measures into effect is being finalised, the Bank urges the transacting public and producers of gold, tobacco and cotton to fully embrace electronic payment platforms as we fight the spread of COVID-19.

    J P Mangudya
    Governor
    26 March 2020

     

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