APOSTOLIC Christian Council of Zimbabwe president Johannes Ndanga has said the Zimbabwe dollar will bounce back within the next five years, adding that the country’s flailing economy would also start booming within the same period.
Ndanga urged the Minister of Finance and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to put in place modalities for the local currency’s return “as a matter of urgency”.
The Zimbabwe dollar was phased out in 2009 after it had been rendered worthless by hyperinflation. The country has used foreign currencies since, principally the United States greenback.
Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has ruled out re-introduction of the local dollar but Ndanga, a go-to cleric when Zanu-PF needs to marshal the vast apostolic sect vote, told a church gathering Saturday that the Zimdollar would soon be back.
He said those doubting the prophecy should recall that he correctly foretold the split of the opposition MDC-T party ahead of the 2013 general elections.
“I prophesised about a Zanu-PF landslide victory and the split of the opposition after the (2013) elections,” he said.
“Today I have come with another prophecy; five years from now Zimbabwe will be having its own currency which will work hand in hand with the multi-currency system and the economy will recover.”
He added that government should urgently start to put modalities in place for the return of the Zimbabwe dollar.
“The Minister of Finance and RBZ governor must put in place modalities to prepare for that dispensation which will be coming in the next few years,” he said.
Zanu-PF should also resolve its divisive succession issue if it is to remain in power, the cleric warned.
“We saw the divisions in Zanu-PF but we did not say it. If Zanu-PF respects and honours spiritual heroes who played a crucial role in the liberation struggle it will continue to rule this country,” said Ndanga.