Â Addressing theÂ Zanu PFÂ Extraordinary congressÂ in HarareÂ onÂ FridayÂ Â the Reserve BankÂ Â of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governorÂ Gideon GonoÂ accusedÂ Â top governmentÂ officials ofÂ causing theÂ Â artificial cash shortagesÂ by runningÂ illegalÂ foreign currency exchangeÂ syndicates.Gono saidÂ Â he is goingÂ to surpriseÂ Â these cashÂ baronsÂ by unveiling a secretÂ economic reform at an unnamed date.
Â DueÂ Â to Gono’s sentiments rumuors has been flittering in the black-market sector since Friday evening that the country’s currencyÂ Â is going to be changedÂ anytimeÂ before Christmas andÂ Â newÂ Â currency will be unveiled.
Â SeveralÂ OsiphatelinisÂ Â who spokeÂ Â toÂ The ZimbabweanÂ on SaturdayÂ from theÂ notorious known World BankÂ located at corner Fort Street and Fifth Avenue in Bulawayo saidÂ they don’tÂ know what to doÂ withÂ hordes of local currency in their hands if Gono is to change money before Christmas.
WeÂ surelyÂ don’tÂ knowÂ Â what to do with these hordesÂ of cash in ourÂ handsÂ Â if theÂ RBZ isÂ going to change currencyÂ before Christmas becauseÂ this the period our business is at peak said Mildred Ncube one of theÂ illegal foreign currency dealer operating from World BankÂ
Ester MakuweÂ Â anotherÂ illegalÂ foreign currency dealerÂ saidÂ ifÂ theÂ Â currency is going to be changedÂ Â Â before ChristmasÂ she willÂ run out of businessÂ asÂ most of her clients who areÂ from South AfricaÂ are nowÂ about flock in for holidayÂ
If Gono changes currencyÂ I will be definitely out of businessÂ myÂ Â clients usually they comeÂ during Christmas periodÂ from SouthÂ AfricaÂ so they willÂ find me withoutÂ local currencyÂ to giveÂ them saidÂ Makuwe.Â Â
Panic grips "World Bank"
BULAWAYO---Panic has gripped among the illegal foreign currency dealers popularly known as OsiphatheleniÂ in Bulawayo as rumoursÂ Â for currencyÂ Â changeÂ Â is filtering.