Kuramba yechidembo ndokunge yetsuro iripo


Literary- you can only refuse the meat of a weasel or skunk if you have that of a rabbit or hare. Simply put, beggars are not choosers.

This is what Shamva South Member of Parliament Joseph Mapiki said about bond notes. People have no choice but to accept bond notes because of the cash crisis that the country is facing.

But Mapiki also had other suggestions to revive the ailing economy.

  • Gold panners or makorokoza should be legalized.
  • Zimbabwe should beneficiate its chrome.
  • Those with big houses should buy equipment and machinery to revive industry instead; and
  • People should wear the right type of clothes at the right time.

Full contribution

*HON. MAPIKI: Thank you Madam Speaker.  I would like to add my voice on the issue of bond notes.  In Shona they say, “kuramba yechidembo ndokunge yetsuro iripo”.  Beggars cannot be choosers. So, because of the plight of our economy, it is good that we use the bond notes.  Long queues to withdraw money have now subsided.  I urge you Hon. Minister that there is need for people who dig gold to be decriminalised. I believe that there is need for us to beneficiate our chrome so that we do not depend on diaspora remittances.  Those people that are building big houses should actually be buying machinery and be given incentives because a lot of money is being used in real estates.  Instead of stowing our values in real estates, we should be using it toward the acquisition of equipment and machinery to enhance our industry.  We should wear the right type of clothing at the right time.  I thank you.



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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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