Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has warned ‘financial terrorists’, that is, illegal foreign currency dealers and forex externalisers over their treacherous shenanigans.
Addressing a business conference at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo on Wednesday, Chiwenga said that the government will react appropriately to the threat of financial terrorism. He said:
We would want to make this warning today. We already know who is doing this exercise.
If one tries to fight and practise financial terrorism in Zimbabwe, we will react appropriately and no one should cry that he has not been treated fairly.
Those who have been externalising funds, all I can say is if you are a Zimbabwean, return that money quickly back so that we can treat you with some kid gloves but if you want hard gloves, we know how to do it.
The rising inflation which we are now experiencing hurts the whole economy and its development prospects are negatively affecting all of us.
Is it not time we engage and honestly discuss why as a nation we continue to experience foreign currency shortages yet our foreign currency earning exceeds those of our competitors who are not experiencing the same phenomenon?