Public wants Mangudya to resign but will he listen?

By Wisdom Mumera

Members of the public have come against Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor John Mangudya calling for his resignation in the aftermath of the deteriorating Bond Notes value against the US Dollar.

Mangudya promised that he would resign if the bond notes failed to work and as they seemingly have failed his resignation should be obvious according to public sentiments on social media.

A quote from Open Parly from 2016 has Mangudya stating his confidence in the surrogate currency.

“I have high confidence in this measure we are taking. I know it will bear fruits. In the event the bond notes fail, I will surely walk resign & walk away from the office & leave someone else to take charge becoz I wld hv failed the nation,” Mangudya, 2016

The Bond Notes has fallen in value leading to an unimagined sharp spike in prices of basic commodities while some of them have literary disappeared from shop shelves.

Fuel too has become scarce evoking fears of a return to a bitter hyperinflationary era of 2008.

Responding to this fall which had been predicted by many economists, members of the public are of the view that the RBZ Governor should honour his word and leave the country’s bank.

Below is a compilation of some of the messages on Twitter calling on Mangudya to resign?

Thomas Gwangwa: If incompetence had a face it would look like Mangudya. @edmnangagwa, what possible justification can there be for keeping Mangudya in the role for a day longer?

Lashias Ncube: #MangudyaMustGo

Kyran: Not only does the #Zimbabwe #Bondnote need to be removed, so does the individual who introduced this obscene idea… It has become a surrogate Zim currency but without anything to support it.

#OVO Wezhira Wezhinji: This is a screenshot of my Internet banking platform, which currency must i then chose? #Mangudyamustgo

Sir Bae: He promised to resign when bond notes failed.

Mwana WaMambo: When a whole #RBZ Governor blames the black market money changers for the crises we are in now. This is ridiculous. #MangudyaMustGo

Wiseman Mubayira: We can’t develop a nation based on Aid, charity, GoFundMes, Bailouts etc..Sometimes African problems require African Solutions. #MangudyaMustGo

Hashtag: #MangudyaMustGo #MangudyaMustGo #MangudyaMustGo #MangudyaMustGo #MangudyaMustGo #MangudyaMustGo #MangudyaMustGo #MangudyaMustGo #MangudyaMustGo perhaps if it’s said enough times, it will surely come to be.

Despite the deafening calls, Mangudya has unfortunately chosen to ignore and continue work as if all is well.

The public is now looking up to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take action since he has branded himself a listening President.

In first world countries, government officials normally resign after letting the nation down or after failing to execute their promises.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He writes for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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