Zimbabwe Blows US$10 Million On Toilet Paper, Dog Food, Chewing Gum 

Zimbabwe Blows US$10 Million On Toilet Paper, Dog Food, Chewing Gum 

Source: Zimbabwe Blows US$10 Million On Toilet Paper, Dog Food, Chewing Gum | ZimEye January 14, 2018

Zimbabwe blows over US$10 million importing toilet paper, chewing gum, dog and cat food at the top of the list of non-essential items.

This was revealed by Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha.

Minister Bimha said Government is now working on measures to rectify the situation.

The figures show that US$3, 4 million was spent on tissue paper alone; while US$1,3 million was blown on cat and dog food; US$1,2 million went to chewing gum.

About US$1, 1 million was used to import tooth brushes while dish towels, dusters and mutton cloths accounted for US$287 887. An additional US$427 973 was spent on natural honey, floor sweepers, mops and feather dusters. Over 4 000 types of household and industrial materials were brought into Zimbabwe from 155 countries.

Bimha told the state media, “I don’t have those figures yet, but Government’s policy is clear. We are in the process of growing investments and encouraging local content production.

“So, we are working with various stakeholders to ensure we increase availability of foreign currency. Statutory Instrument 64 resuscitated a lot of companies and even those that did not want foreign currency previously suddenly approached the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to ask for it.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 5
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    Its called free to choose Comrade Bimha. If i have a US dollar why must i spend it how you tell me to ?
    The days of the kumusha when i was in contact with mielie cobs are over !
    Now tell me what brand you yourself uses and i may reconsider

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    Doris 3 years ago

    So feeding animals in non essential? Some of us like to give our pets top quality food, not mealie meal loaded local stuff. Get local up to standard and I will willingly buy it. As for toilet paper. You want us to use the local re-cycled toilet paper? Been there before chum. Would you like the statistics on how many people ended up really sick with bladder infections? Think again before you remove these items.

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    bimha is an idiot and makes me think this new regime may be as hopeless as its predecessor once they have sorted their G40 mates out

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    bimha is an idiot and makes me think this new regime may be as hopeless as its predecessor once they have sorted their G40 mates out

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    Hey guys, what is $3.4m in a country with arguably 13million people. That is 26c per person for tissue on average. It’s not a lot by any measure and we must not create a storm out of non event. We are in this rut of no productivity at all and have sunken to very low levels of pettiness which we ought to quickly come out of.