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Nothing new here, economic problems will persist! – expert slams introduction of new ‘structured currency’

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By Staff Reporter


TOP economist Gift Mugano has rubbished the government’s plans to introduce a “structured currency” as nothing more than a recreation of past failed initiatives.

This is the latest attempt by Treasury to revive Zimbabwe’s economy which is on a downward spiral.

Online publication, Newshawks reported the new currency will likely be launched by outgoing Reserve Bank governor John Mangudya this Friday.

Mangudya was officially replaced by top-banker John Mushavanhu who officially took over last week. The new central bank governor is expected to announce his policy measures to contain fast-rising inflation and depreciating Zimbabwe dollar.

New RBZ governor John Mushayavanhu

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Mugano pointed out several fundamental weaknesses of the government.

When asked whether the structured currency would help address the currency crisis, Mugano responded with a resounding “no” challenging the notion that the new currency would bring stability. He highlighted failures of previous attempts, such as gold coins and gold tokens, as well as the bond note which was backed by the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank).

“Does the structured currency help us to address currency crisis, the answer is no, and that is the V11.

“Why didn’t these gold coins, gold tokens succeed in guaranteeing stability? Then why is a bond note that is backed by AFRI-EXZIM bank failed to guarantee 1:1?”

Mugano accused the government of simply using fancy vocabulary, whilst not bringing anything genuinely new to the table.

“So there is nothing new about what they are talking about, they are just regurgitating the same things they are doing vocabulary nice terms but in reality that is just nothing, They are not going to be launching anything new, the problems are going to continue full stop”, said Mugano.

He further plucked out the cause of the currency crisis in Zimbabwe which included the lack of production, investments and savings.

“We have solutions there are measures, the first thing which we need to address is that a currency is dependent on production, so if you don’t produce as a country you can’t defend the currency.

“So the strength of the currency in any country is a reflection of the country’s production capacity, so the big elephant now is what do we need to do to raise production, we need savings and investments because the savings are identical to savings.

“So then the second question is that why do you need to have savings, because if you are not saving you have no money you can’t create creation, in 1996 the savings GDP ratio was 25 percent right now we are in negative 11% because the people are not saving money, right.

Prof Mugano criticized the country’s political arena, as a field which is also fueling the structured currency as he mentioned that a change in leadership could restore confidence and encourage people to put their money in banks.

However, another economist Professor Mhiripiri pushed for an urgent need for action to curb inflation, stating that any efforts by the government regardless of the historical context are commendable.

“Any efforts to control inflation are commendable at any point in history. Zimbabwe is going through hyperinflation, which is worrisome. However, even some more stable world economies are experiencing inflationary tendencies, though manageable or reasonable.

“Zimbabwe’s case is troubling because inflation is galloping and in three digits now. Anyone reasonable in charge of government and monetary policy will take action to curb inflation,” said Mhiripiri.

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Mnangagwa commissions Kamativi Spodumene Mine


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Below are some images from Hwange, Kamativi Spodumene mine where President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday commissioned the company’s 2.3 MT spodumene mining and processing project phase one.

Pictures by the Presidential Communications

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Mozambican national jailed 16 years for rape


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By Tinei Tuhwe

A 23-year old Mozambican will spend the next 16 years in a Zimbabwean prison following his conviction and sentencing for raping a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the convict, whose name was not given, was convicted by a Chipinge magistrate after a full trial.

Prosecutors proved that the rape took place on March 12 this year.

The complainant, aged 13, was on her way from their homestead to a nearby business center in Chipinge.

“He grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her to a nearby bush where he threatened her with a knife before raping her,” said the NPA in a statement.

The court heard the victim screamed for help and was heard by a passerby who rushed to the scene and rescued her while the suspect grabbed his clothes and took to his heels.

The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

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Nigeria recalls ‘toxic’ children’s cough syrup


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By BBC 


NIGERIA’S drug regulator has recalled a batch of Johnson & Johnson children’s cough syrup after tests showed it contained “an unacceptable high level” of a toxic and potentially fatal substance.

The substance, Diethylene glycol, “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Wednesday

It added that human consumption of the Diethylene glycol results in toxic effects, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The substance has been linked to the recent deaths of dozens of children in Cameroon and The Gambia.

Laboratory tests on the recalled Benylin Paediatric syrup also showed that it caused “acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, the regulator added.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Kenvue – which owns the Benylin brand after becoming independent from Johnson & Johnson last year- have commented on the NAFDAC’s statement.

The syrup was manufactured in South Africa in May 2021 and had an expiry date of April 2024.

The syrup’s packaging says it can be used for relieving cough and congestive symptoms and for treating fever and other allergic conditions among children aged between two and 12 years.

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