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We have done well: Mangudya

Fuel situation is stable

By Daniel Chigundu

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya says he is pleased with the work they have been doing in trying to revive the economy despite what other people think.

Zimbabwe is currently facing a cocktail of challenges fronted by currency shortages, fuel shortages basic commodity shortages and uncontrollable price hikes among many others.

However, appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy and Power Development, Mangudya said Zimbabwe has done well compared to other countries on the continent.

“If we are to compare with countries like Rwanda, Rwanda has US$1.8 billion exports, Ethiopia is the second populous country in Africa has about US$2billion exports but Zimbabwe has more foreign currency in terms of exports so chairman US$6billion of foreign currency inflows into the country it’s not a mini job it’s quite significant and we are quite happy with what we have done in the exports.

“Just divide that with 12 and that’s US$500million per month, so compared to last year total inflows into the country from the diaspora, exports and others were US$4.6 billion,  and so the country is not doing badly despite what people think about this country.

“I say Zimbabwe has done very well under difficult circumstances, I am underlining these things because if it were other countries that have access to foreign finance we could reach the moon but because of other constraints it means we are able to generate our own foreign currency in the country and we need to thank ourselves for that and I need to thank Zimbabweans for that and I think all the companies in this country they are doing very well, I respect them,” he said.

Meanwhile, the governor took the opportunity to assure the nation not to panic over the current fuel situation ahead of the festive season adding that the situation is stable and there is more fuel in the country and in the pipes.

“We are assuring the nation that the fuel situation is stable and that there will be no queues if we also use fuel in a rational manner.

“We are appealing to the people of Zimbabwe not to panic because fuel is there, both in Msasa, in tanks and is being delivered,” he said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor 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 and a board member of Digital Communication Network. 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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