The Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) President Lorraine Sibanda has slammed government for imposing economic policies without consulting the public.
Speaking to journalists in a press conference yesterday, Sibanda said governments’fictional polices, particularly the imminent introduction of bond notes, were riskyas they lacked consumer confidence.
‘There has been no restitution and consultation of the ordinary citizen to engage people on the loss that they suffered back then and to chat a way forward together with the citizen,’ she said.
Sibanda added that citizens were not prepared for another crisis in which government milks them for the US dollar and give them useless paper.
‘Our government may forget but we will never forget the Zillions that we lost as a nation of ordinary citizens. Bond notes and bearer cheques are the same and the difference is just the name. With this in mind, we totally disown bond notes,’ said the ZCIEA president.
Sibanda said bond notes were a form of repression to workers in both the formal and the informal sector. She said ZCIEA, as a proponent of human rights, despised bond notes as they would worsen the already adversely affected informal economy workers.
‘Bond notes are derogatory to those who thrive by crossing borders to go and get goods for resell and those who use the dollar as well as the rand to trade with other country counterparts’ she said.
The ZCIEA President added that government should abandon temporary economic solutions for sustainable economic policiesthat would ensure better living conditions for allZimbabweans.
‘Randification of the economy is a better option,’ she suggested. ‘If Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho are benefiting from randification why not follow suit?’
Sibanda said ZCIEA was working towards upgrading and fighting for decent standards of living for all Zimbabweans in a stable economy.
Her organisation is a critical watchdog to challenge social economic justice in Zimbabwe and influence inclusive growth and development with respect to informal economy workers as real workers and not criminals.
Formed in 2002, ZCIEA has an obligation to unite the informal economy workers in the entire world to fight for their rights and engage all international decision making bodies and governments to incorporate them in decision making and policy formulation structures.