Zimbabwe’s feared war veterans are threatening to declare war on Germany over its refusal to print the much-hated bond notes. Government sources told Zimbo Today.com the war veterans are demanding that War Veterans minister, Tshinga Dube, organise a quick meeting between them and their patron, President Robert Mugabe so that he can give Berlin a deadline by which the German firm that print money should print the bond notes should deliver or else they declare war.
This follows the refusal by Giesecke & Devrient to print bond notes for the Zimbabwean government which is accused of trying to re- introduce the Zim Dollar through the backdoor. “Enough is enough! We have tolerated this naked aggression by Nazi Germany for far too long. First they refused to sell money paper to us, and now they are refusing to print the money for us. It is high time we teach them a lesson!” said Cde No-nonsense Totonga, a war veteran who led a high-powered delegation of war vets that invited itself to Zimbo Today.com’s newsroom for an unsolicited fulsome interview.
“Germans think we are so foolish not know that they, together with the British and the Americans, are behind this cash shortage, so we are ordering them to stop this mischief,” Cde Totonga said to wild cheers from members of his delegation. “In fact we wanted to give them 24 hours within which they should start printing our money, but we decided to give him a long rope of 10 days… so that they does not think of us as people who are looking for an excuse to start a needless war just for the sake of war,” chimed in another angry war veteran, Cde Doesn’tmatter Zvombotinazvo.
The bond notes—which Mugabe claims will be a surrogate currency to solve the serious cash shortages resulting from his mismanagement of the economy—was supposed to be introduced in September but it was pushed to early October, then to end of October and to November and now there is talk that it could be pushed back to February next year.
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