Cash crisis a nightmare

Cash crisis a nightmare

Source: Cash crisis a nightmare — Zimra – DailyNews Live

Ndakaziva Majaka      21 April 2017

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) on Wednesday said the
current cash crisis is now a nightmare that is affecting the country’s
economic growth.

Zimra chairperson Willia Bonyongwe said there was need for all
stakeholders to come up with a solution to end the debilitating cash
crisis that has resulted in people queuing for days on end to withdraw
money from banks.

“Unfortunately, the liquidity situation worsened again during the first
quarter of 2017,” she said in a revenue performance update.

“Procurement of imported raw materials and capital equipment has become a
nightmare, and there are long foreign payment queues at the Reserve Bank
of Zimbabwe eating into the gains of SI 64 of 2016,” she added.

Bonyongwe further indicated that regional currencies continue to weaken
against a stronger United States dollar thus worsening Zimbabwe’s export

“The responsibility to address the liquidity crisis does not lie with the
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe alone. It is the duty of everyone to act
responsibly and in the national interest in how cash is handled for the
country to restore stability in this area,” she said.

This comes as the national tax collecting agency said local consumption of
petroleum products is tumbling with petrol and diesel imports going down.

“Petrol imports declined from 113,86 million litres in the first quarter
2016 to 99,72 million litres in the 2017 first quarter while diesel
imports declined from 190,14 million litres in first quarter 2016 to
180,93 million litres in first quarter 2017,” Bonyongwe said.

The Zimra boss also noted that the decline followed another slump in the
last quarter of 2016, after acute fuel shortages which rocked the country
during the festive season.

“The decline is partly due to the economic performance but also captures
significant smuggling and transit fraud,” she said.

Bonyongwe said the tax agency had made inroads in curbing transit fraud
through its Electronic Cargo Tracking System, which is currently still
being rolled out.

“However, smuggling through undesignated entry points is more problematic
and actually beyond Zimra’s capacity to curb on its own. It requires a
more concerted national effort and political will to eliminate that king
of smuggling,” she said.

Zimbabwe is presently battling fuel shortages due to erratic supply with
most pumps at local service stations dry while fuel companies are failing
to pay for the commodity.

Energy ministry secretary, Partson Mbiriri, recently said the country did
not have fuel availability problems, “but rather payment problems,” with
all suppliers demanding cash for fuel delivered, despite cash shortages
presently being experienced in Zimbabwe.

“I have explained the reasons for the shortage at the pump; you have the
product in our storage tanks right throughout the country.

“But in order to redeem that product, you need to pay for it. It is here
under bonded conditions…

“The product is in the country and we continue to import it, we continue
to have arrangements by some fuel companies bringing in the product and
allowing for that product to be sold using local currency, local
resources, local transfers…,” Mbiriri said.


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    Joe Cool 1 year

    I would say no-one has any responsibility to anyone over how they handle their own cash – that is if, in Zimbabwe, they are lucky enough to have any. More likely, there is a responsibility on the government to ensure that when I have cash in the bank, I should be able to get it out. Anything else amounts to theft by conversion, whatever else they like to pretend it to be.

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    Chatham House 1 year

    This is a plot from Donald Trump and the Rhodesians. We need to be ever vigilant. The enemy is everywhere but we cannot see them. Zanu is such an honest government and they are being blamed for everything. Mugabe is a lovely man according to Malcolm Fraser and Professor Scoones. He has done all this for the people.

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    HIM 1 year

    Frankly: This has come quicker than I thought it would do. This shows that the countries actual (in – out account) income must be negative.
    1) Print more toilet paper bonds, this will give you a few months respite. Snag inflation will take off at the speed of light.
    2) Abandon the US$ and go for something else. snag this will be the same as if it exchangeable it will disappear just as rapidly
    3) Find more income and stop the hemorrhaging – Snag have to give up good life, have to get off backside. Maybe not capable of doing that sort of thing
    4) Admit failure and seek help. Snag do not like word Failure and the solution that will follow on
    5) Get out quickly now., Snag where to?

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    Mrs Willia Bonyongwe (wife of the CIO boss) is asking us the public to come up with some ideas of how to solve the cash crisis. Funny ha ha! There is only ONE way to solve that: tell that old wheel-chair bound geriatric to step down. How come Mrs Zimra does not accept or see that that is the only solution. Since you guys in Govt have totally run out of ideas, (and stolen all the money), it might be time that you listen to the ordinary man in Zimbabwe. He has been telling you that for 25 years – why aren’t you listening?

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      Chatham House 1 year

      Run out of ideas to steal, or run out of ideas of whom to steal from next?