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Govt Told To Address The Root Cause Of Inflation & Not Scapegoat Mobile Money Platforms

Govt Told To Address The Root Cause Of Inflation & Not Scapegoat Mobile Money Platforms

The government has been urged to address the real causes of inflation in the country instead of targeting mobile money platforms.

This comes when the foreign exchange rate on both the official and parallel markets is continuously going up despite a crackdown on some mobile money platforms such as Ecocash and On Money.

In the recent past, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) barred some fintech companies and digital financial services providers from dealing in foreign currency in a move viewed by some as an attempt to end the dominance of the United State dollar as local tender.

The government adopted the USD in 2009 when Zimbabwe nosedived into hyperinflation but has been trying to phase it out since 2019.

Tendai Mupaso, a Zimbabwean e-commerce and fintech products builder, told Quartz that the country needs to address the root cause of inflation and not scapegoat mobile money platforms. Said Mupaso:

The parallel market rate ($1:ZWL400) has constantly increased despite shutting down some mobile money channels (against $1:ZWL150 on the official market). The country needs to address the root cause of inflation and not scapegoat mobile money platforms.

Mupaso added that the shutting down of new digital financial services providers such as Innbucks means Zimbabweans now have to rely on traditional money transfer services whose costs can be restrictively high.

According to Juda Levine, the CEO of Mondato, a digital finance advisory company, mobile money agents are an important component of the mobile money ecosystem, especially in the African context.


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gombototo 2 months ago


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1234 2 months ago

the root cause is RTGS...that useless 100bond of yours u introduced...let's not brag ourselves of having participated in war that ended 42 yrs back yet the economy is crumbling...y can't u fight the economic crisis and the exorbitant skyrocketing prices in stores...

Nick Mangwana 2 months ago



1/8The economy is tanking and sinking. Zimbabweans are suffering at the hands of bad leadership, poor governance and porous economic policies. As the alternative government, we propose the following to be considered and adopted:

2/8There is a crisis of confidence in the market,citizens are suffering from the price hikes and deepening poverty level.All gvt policies must be demand driven,inclusive &fully consultative.The recent attack on CZI position paper by Gvt is regrettable and must never be tolerated!

3/8 Stop the auction system and go for full dollarisation - this will immediately remove distortions,multiple pricing,arbitrage, secure stability and save exporting companies from imminent collapse and help all businesses and economic agents to preserve capital.

4/8 In line with (3), we should immediately work on a de-dollarisation road map which is inclusive and evidence based and build on consensus as opposed to command economics and threatening businesses with statutory instruments.

5/8Embrace SMART agriculture with a view to foster more active role of the market & gvt providing oversight to minimise distortions caused by agricultural subsidies.The commodity exchange should be used as an effective vehicle for funding & marketing of agricultural commodities.

6/8To address the economic challenges (such exchange rate spiral and inflation) caused by short term finance on infrastructure,gvt must use long long term finance such as diaspora bonds (eg Ethiopia-the Grand Renaissance Dam) and public private partnerships to fund infrastructure

7/8 Stop corruption and save US$2.8bn,being the US$1.8bn through illicit financial flows and US $1bn wasted in state owned enterprises and line ministries).This money,if saved, is a real game changer.Greedy, indiscipline and corruption stand as the biggest threat to the economy!

8/8 We must embrace a genuine social contract, which is inclusive to move forward as a nation.Also Expedite a Pre-Election Pact on elections & reforms,constitutionalism and respect of human rights so we restore our integrity in the family of nations.Genuine dialogue is key!



Maparamuro 2 months ago

Money transfer should be the business of banks but in Zimbabwe banking system is dead hence the opportunist money transfer agencies are taking advantage of the gap, like banks they make a profit from their services and this affects the overall cost of goods and services

bev sbanda 2 months ago

mate money transfer is everywhere even in developed continents
ask any1 in diaspora they term it black tax

Zim 1 2 months ago

government ndiyo ine vanhu varikuita izvi , vatrikunyepa kurasika mumba yeround ndovarikupa mamoney changer vacho mari kuti vaende pabalack makert

bonzo 2 months ago

chave kudiwa is simply to swallow their pride and resign

SADZA 2 months ago


Machiavelli 2 months ago

Resign? Are you out of your mind?
Have you ever tried to take a bone from a rabid dog? It will maul and kill you. Same same neZANU.

Svy 2 months ago

true swallow pride and leave office

CCC, Chamisa 2 months ago

Voterai Chamisa, voterai CCC

tyt 2 months ago

change is needed...

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

The root cause is the Rtgs$ coz noone needs it in business, US$ is the solution...

dread 2 months ago

the root cause is Zanupf if we remove the elephant in the building everything will be smoothy

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