Ex-deputy premier Mutambara trashes RBZ’s gold cash initiative; labels it a ‘shameful self enrichment scheme’

By Staff Reporter


FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara has trashed the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s (RBZ) gold cash initiative, supposedly supposed to ease inflation, as not anything rather than ‘a shameful opportunity for the elite to loot.’

Central financial institution governor John Mangudya Monday introduced 2 000 Mosi-oa-Tunya gold cash with a worth of US$1 824 each and every, to offer what he stated used to be an alternate retailer of price.

The determine is an identical to ZW$805 745.35 for each and every.

Posting on Twitter, Mutambara gave a smash down of the way ‘the elite’ may loot the gold cash just by promoting their US greenbacks at the black marketplace and buying the cash at RBZ’s lowly fee for a benefit.

Mutambara (proper) with overdue President Robert Mugabe (centre) and overdue former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

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“Gold Coin: A self-enrichment scheme for the elites. Take your US dollars to the parallel market and get RTGS at, say, US$1 to ZW$950, buy gold coins in RTGS at US$1 to ZW$441 (gold coin exchange rate) and make a profit of more than 100%. The gold coin arbitrage This is common sense,” stated Mutambara.

“It will get worse! For the elites; you are taking your RTGS to the RBZ and purchase US greenbacks on the public sale fee, say ZW$320, you are taking this ill-gotten US greenback to the parallel marketplace and purchase RTGS at ZW$950. That is a benefit of 200%. Then move and purchase your gold cash at 100% benefit.

“From US$10 000 to US$60 000 (with no manufacturing) 500% benefit for the elites.

“Take US$10 000 to the parallel market and buy RTGS at ZW$950, go to the RBZ and buy US dollars at ZW320 (auction rate), go back to the parallel market and buy RTGS at ZW$950, buy gold coins and pay in RTGS. It is shameful.”

Mutambara used to be Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister all over the Government of National Unity (GNU), between 2009 and 2013 when the rustic realised really extensive financial construction.

With maximum Zimbabweans incomes underneath the Poverty Datum Line (PDL), surviving in an inflationary atmosphere which has eroded their saving, the scheme has been criticised by way of mavens as being for the ones with get right of entry to to extra budget.

“For the common man, there is not really much to benefit directly from this, especially if you don’t have any excess cash,” stated Zimbabwean economist Prosper Chitambara.

“Many people have no money for bread, let alone for savings,” he stated. “The expectation is that indirectly it will benefit the ordinary person through moderating the prices.”

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