Speaking to The Chronicle, Shipping and Forwarding Agents’ Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ) chief executive officer Mr Joseph Musariri said that the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) and Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) in Beitbridge are rejecting bond notes.
VID and Zinara at the border are demanding cash and that is affecting us a lot because there is no cash to talk about. Just yesterday I was getting complaints that Zinara is refusing bond notes when members want to buy coupons (toll fees). We don’t know why they are rejecting bond notes saying it’s not a currency yet they are Government departments.
We should be allowed to swipe or use whatever cash we can produce to Government agencies. Movement of goods should be seamless. Rejection of bond notes is creating a bottleneck in the movement of goods in addition to the inconveniences that it causes.
When contacted for comment by The Chronicle, Transport Minister Joram Gumbo who is in Malaysia said that Government departments should not reject bond notes as they are legal tender.