Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya has denied allegations that the central bank was funding illegal foreign currency dealers. Mangudya instead alleged that the dealers are being funded by unnamed “influential” people. The governor also questioned how it is possible for these people to evade the attention of the RBZ’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), the police and the banks themselves when carrying out their transactions. Speaking to NewsDay, Mangudya said
Those figures of foreign currency being bought or sold for up to six times its value were computer-generated…The people moving money onto the black market, the people behind the money changers are not your ordinary Zimbabwean…These are influential people with access to huge sums of cash. It has been discovered that one character has been pushing onto the black market as much as $48 million in foreign currency. This person has access to cash and it is difficult to understand how this could have happened without the knowledge of the CIO, the FIU, the police as well as the commercial bank. The meeting called by the President could trigger a nasty fall-out and there is already gnashing of teeth. Some people have a lot of explaining to do and heads will roll…The bank does not participate in parallel market practices…we have been investigating and if you have any information, please bring it to us.
The ruling Zanu-PF party has fingered the Reserve Bank in the economic crisis alleging that the bank printed bond notes well worth over 1 billion dollars instead of 200 million which was backed by Afreximbank.