President Emmerson Mnangagwa never promised the nation that cash shortages will end in his first 100 days in office after Operation Restore Legacy, by Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has claimed.
This follows demands for explanations by the Glen View North MP, Fani Munengami (MDC-T) on why Zimbabweans were still sleeping in bank queues, yet the new government had promised to deliver changes within 100 days in office after removing President Robert Mugabe from office.
“The President even promised that we will see him at bank queues, but we are yet to see him queuing and receiving his coins, and 100 days has since elapsed without him solving the cash crisis,” Munengami said.
Ziyambi responded: ”Government never promised that cash shortages will end overnight and it was never written in black and white that cash shortages will end overnight.”
He insisted that Mnangagwa only promised that there will be a new culture of implementation of government projects and accountability.
Ziyambi ultimately told MPs that the issue will best be referred to Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.
However, opposition MPs refused to let go of the issue with Munengami, saying the new dispensation had now reached nearly 300 days without fulfilling on their promises.
“We have RTGS money and United States dollars in circulation and there are $500 million US notes and about $1,5 billion money exchanged through RTGS. We have several projects to be initiated that are going to come into the country and when foreign currency starts flowing there will be a balance between cash and RTGS money,” Ziyambi said.
MPs fumed demanding Chinamasa’s presence citing that the miniter should attend Parliament to respond to the issue of failure to resolve the cash shortages.
Norton MP, Temba Mliswa (independent) blasted the government in their efforts to solve the cash crisis, they must let the nation know.
“Chinamasa has not been in this House for two months, yet the issue of cash shortages is critical. If the government cannot solve the cash crisis, then they have failed,” he said.