Bond notes are bonding people together and Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has done such a good job that “if he comes to Uzumba, I will slaughter a cow for him”, Uzumba legislator Simba Mudarikwa told Parliament last week.
Mudarikwa said bond notes were so popular in his constituency that people were even praying for Chinamasa to have a long life because he had done such a good job to ensure that Zimbabwe’s economy improves.
“Our farmers in the communal lands are now able to buy fertilizer because there is now money in circulation. They now have bond notes to buy fertilizer,” he said in his contribution to the Reserve bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill second reading debate.
“During Christmas time in my constituency, a lot of people paid lobola because a lot of people now have cash. Bond notes are encouraging people to pay lobola and they are ensuring that people love one another.
“The bond notes will not stop because people are going to marry one another and live as families. We are grateful, the issue of bond notes is good. We want the Minister to have the highest note as $5.
“Even our social economic life has improved. Bus operators and commuter omnibus operators are operating their businesses well because the commuters are now using bond notes to pay for their fares…
“We were at a party where a relative was wedding. There is a song but because of the ruling that we cannot sing in Parliament, I will instead bring compact discs of people praising the advent of the bond notes in the communal lands.
“They even play the drum, so the Ministry did a good job and we urge them to go further. People are even coming up with prayers in church for Hon. Chinamasa to have a long life on this planet because he has done very well to ensure that our economy improves.”
Mudarikwa was nearly ejected from Parliament because he was wearing a leather jacket but was rescued by another legislator who gave him a suitable jacket.
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