Zambia takes back Libya-owned Zamtel, knocks off three zeros from the kwacha

Alexander Chikwanda
Alexander Chikwanda

Zambia will take back a 75 percent stake in local fixed-line operator Zamtel that is currently held by Lybia’s LAP Green Networks, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda said on Monday.

“We made a decision to restore Zamtel back to the people of Zambia,” Chikwanda said at a media briefing.

“The plight of the workers may be affected temporarily but we are trying to put up something permanent. If we find Zamtel is not adequately capitalised we will avail fresh capital.”

Zambia last week seized bank accounts belonging to Zamtel as part of a money-laundering investigation. The company has denied any wrongdoing.

Under its previous government, Zambia sold a majority stake in Zamtel to the Libyan operator for $257 million. A government inquiry in November ruled that 2010 transaction illegal.

Chikwanda also said Zambia would rebase the kwacha currency by lopping off three zeros, a move that should make it easier for foreign investors to participate in the economy,

“The rebasing had to be done when all the fundamentals like inflation and GDP growth were right and we think they are now right,” Chikwanda said.

Currency rebasing usually does not change the exchange value of the currency and is introduced to make commercial calculations easier.

The rebasing might be kwacha positive “to the extent that it is a continued commitment to low, and stable inflation”, said Razia Khan, head of Africa research at Standard Chartered.

The kwacha was last trading at 5,120 against the dollar from 5,123 at the end of last week.

Government would also raise commercial banks’ capital requirements to 104 billion kwacha, and 250 billion kwacha for foreign commercial banks from 12 billion kwacha to make them more resilient to economic shocks.

“The measure to raise the minimum capital is intended to mobilise additional resources to enable banks participate more effectively in growing the economy by increasing credit available to the private sector,” Chikwanda said.

[Reuters]

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  1. 1 flag Chief

    Good move PF and you should also introduce coins.

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    1. 1.1 flag MrK

      1 Chief,

      ” Good move PF and you should also introduce coins. ”

      Copper coins. Now there’s a thought. :) Open a few mines from windfall taxes from the mines as well, and the country will actually start to benefit from it’s natural riches.

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  2. 2 flag fufu

    Good news about Zamtel, but knocking off those zeros is a matter of digging deeper in people’s nearly-empty pockets. Lets wait and see.

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    1. 2.1 flag mp

      @fufu no one will dig in your empty pockets we just need to make things easy to handle.
      aleluya

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  3. 3 flag VITUMBUWA

    People starting digging up your money before it is worthless.

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  4. 4 flag michael

    Very Clever! I have a sneaky suspicion that this move is not purely economically motivated. Interpreted politacally, all what it means is that if you have burried money under-ground then you are in sh*t because that money will be worth nothing, unless you decide to go to the bank to change it for the new currency. And if you go to the bank with more than K 1 billion kwacha cash and fail to account for it, then you are in sh*t. Smart way of killing off MMD political opponents. These Government guys know that what was found on Liato’s farm is just the tip of the ice-berg. There are people will mountains of hidden reserves out there. Watch the space…(Just my opinion).

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    1. 4.1 flag mucala

      Interesting opinion!

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    2. 4.2 flag The Jackal

      I like your opinion mate, sounds very realistic!

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    3. 4.3 flag SDA (satanist Devil Advocates) or bitter UPND

      l can use my 1000 relatives to clean the money at k900 000 000 they get the k100 000 just belong a billion

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    4. 4.4 flag Maxwell

      #4.3
      Are all your 1000 relatives all trust worthy???

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    5. 4.5 flag Truth teller

      Why go with 1Billion to the bank?…they will probably distribute the money to family and friends…who will change it into dollar on their behave…

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  5. 5 flag Chali

    This is very good, well done PF. Lets send a Message to the international Community that we have no room for corruption. We do not need dirty and stinking investment. Take that investment somewhere else. Learn from this

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  6. 6 flag Bigben

    What is the implication or ramifications of dropping the three zeros. Can someone explicitly explain so that we are all clear.

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  7. 7 flag janet c

    Ba Chikwanda – thanks for giving back to what belongs to them! It is about time african politicians stopped selling their countries and people for the equivalent of sugar and salt, just like they did during slavery

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  8. 8 flag PF Cadre with Red Card

    Good news. thats why we voted for you.

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    1. 8.1 flag Hopeful

      Well said. Time to empower your own countrymen is now. Let us erase this mental slavery of blindly empowering foreigners.

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  9. 9 flag Jay Jay

    Bravo on Zamtel…also postive as the statement is coming from Finance Dept not State house, rebasing the kwacha is also long overdue and very welcome!!

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  10. 10 flag Ugly Truth

    Rebasing of the currency is long overdue,We asked former BOZ governor when he visited here and he assured that was going to be done.This Zamtel thingy is becoming nuisanse,get it or shut up.

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  11. 11 flag Ichipwa

    Our departed kwachas and ngwees will begin to resurrect from their graves.

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  12. 12 flag Kanele Box one

    Smart move. Bring back the coins. So that we can be buying fuel at K7 per litre. Burying money notes from Liato and many more MMD cadres will be rendered useless to keep. VIVA PF. Those who want to kilitisaizi go ahead now.

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  13. 13 flag ZaMule

    Our departed kwachas and ngwees will begin to resurrect from their graves. Nice move baPF.

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  14. 14 flag Matac0 Yanjoka

    Sneak in an ugly face on the new notes! ok dont even think about it.

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    1. 14.1 flag mp

      @14 you sick you should have respect for elders.

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  15. 15 flag SO WAT

    Awe Pf is a blessing to Zambia. God bless Michael sata. Add more years to him.

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  16. 16 flag Maxwell

    Great mr. minister Vitumbuwa will now cost 10 Ngwee like back in the day!!! kekekeeke

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  17. 17 flag good citizen

    only people on lusakatimes are appreciating the move, Tongas on the watchdog are on the opposte

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    1. 17.1 flag SDA (satanist Devil Advocates) or bitter UPND

      best we change its name to tonga watchdog then

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    2. 17.2 flag Jobby

      You are spot on my dear. The reason their party is having difficulties crossing the Kafue river

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  18. 18 flag Airtime Sakala

    Yaba! Imagine the queues – from the village! Anyway viva 20 ngwee

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  19. 19 flag Monk-net

    \:d/ thanks on Zamtel. Three zeroes… Kaya???

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  20. 20 flag kabungo musonde

    How does this reduce poverty in the nation? 

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  21. 21 flag good citizen

    :d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d:d

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  22. 22 flag Samuel

    I only hope the debasing of the currency is not for PF to siphon out monies as the new currency is being introduced so that their Party Head Quarters and the payment of full time Party workers is facilitated.It is only about four months ago when PF could not buy campaign chitenge materials because they were cash strapped but they can now boast of building party headquarters,employing on full time basis District and Provincial Secretaries.Where has the windfall come from?

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  23. 24 flag Maxwell

    #15 Lol..Bitterness will erase those people it bad for your health, god help them!!

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  24. 25 flag Matac0 Yanjoka

    Japan never bothered to do that ,thier currency devalued following the second WW, they just stabilised it and left the zeros.

    Ok, Zimbabwe took off the zeros before just trashing their currency all together. We can take Zimbabwe’s lead, no malice intended.

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  25. 26 flag RudeMonk

    Imwe munachitako tuma economics does this sound good enough or not. I am sceptic and still thinks that its a cosmetic move. I do not see any economic value in this desperate move. I end here!

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    1. 26.1 flag Reality

      its a good move. the number of zeros in currency to some extent shows the inflation in the country. look at usa their highest note is 100…. 

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    2. 26.2 flag Manyai

      The number of zeros shows historical inflation, and not current inflation.  As somebody correctly pointed out elsewhere, Japan stabilised their Yen and did not rebase it.  Italy did the same to their Lira before they went into the Euro.  Having lots of zeroes does not mean that your currency is weak.  It just means that it was once stronger and some disaster struck along the way.  You can continue rebasing a plummeting currency, like they tried with the Zim dollar, and never stabilise it.  What is important are the current economic fundamentals.  Are they really that rock solid??

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  26. 27 flag iron lady

    Trying to confuse us and cover up the ever depreciating kwacha.districts are being made for no budget line …..awe mwandi

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  27. 28 flag Bob

    Mozambique has successfully done the same to her currency. Could be a good move.

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  28. 29 flag Tekton

    Rebasing the currency is utter rubbish. If this is the best idea that the government can come up with then i say fire the governor of the BOZ as well as the minister. For those not educated enough who are supporting this stupid idea, let me enlighten you to the circus that people in Zambia are being introduced to. Do you remember the days that you used to need a jumbo bag to carry money, well now is the time to throw the wallet away and prepare what South Africans call the Shange bag, those masaka bags with multiple colours that traders from Zambia come with from SA. Just to explain my rational above for you to have K600 000 you need 12 K50 000, however with the rebasing which does not change the exchange rate you will now nee 12000 of the K50 new note, that my friends mean get a huge bag.

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    1. 29.1 flag Osho

      You are very dull. The Purchasing power will not change. The items that K600,000 used to buy will now be purchased with K600. What K600,000 can buy in the new currency will be equivalent to what K600,000,000 can buy in the old currency. Think before posting.

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    2. 29.2 flag Bazambia

      You don’t seem to understand what debasing is all about.Purchasing power will remain the same. If you have K600,000 its value will now be K600. A commodity currently selling at K600 000 will now sell at K600. DON’T SHOW AS YOUR IGNORANCE.
      YES if I’m to use your reasoning, if you have K600 000 you need 12 K50 000, however with the debasing, you will now need 12000 of the K50 to make K600 000. BUT WITH A VALUE OF K6000 000 000 currently. You now Know how many people will afford to have K6000 000 when it is debased.

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    3. 29.3 flag Maxwell

      Daft chap!!

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    4. 29.4 flag Jobby

      You must be a very educated person, but on this one, you have missed it. With rebasing, even your K600 000 reduces to only K600 so that you still need only 12 notes. Everything measured in Zambian kwacha will drop the three zeros. Even the Dollar will now go for K5 12 Ngwee. Government budget will be K20 billion.

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    5. 29.5 flag educated insight

      iwe dont just blf on things u dont understand.knocking of zereos doesnt change the value of the currency.k50 will be equivalent to k50000 so nothing has changed.basic economics money is not value but a store of value.what has value are the goods and services produced.economics fountamentals are ripe for debasing

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    6. 29.6 flag Mushili

      you havent said anything logical. can you repeat please!

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  29. 30 flag Chikobe

    Our children should also know that in the world coins are used to buy goods not just notes. Zamtel belongs to Zambians that is why its called Zambia Telecommunications, Thanks!!!!

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  30. 31 flag mwamba

    pipo, the money value remains the same. its of no sense to debase the kwacha. if a coke is K3000, it will still be K3000 of money value except that u will ko it K3. GVT plz make incentive to improve the economy not debasing the currency. there are lot of mineral reserves CAN U INVEST IN THEM, BY OPENING GVT RUN MINES. NOTE THAT, zambia will never develop when private companies runs the economy! we need GVT run economy for zambians to see meaningful economic value.

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  31. 32 flag Mutinta

    This is what I call more money in the pocket. The SA way. Good news

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  32. 33 flag Lundazi Dweller

    So what will happen to Zamtel? I hope we will not see some cadres being appointed to management positions. Whats the fate of the current employees? and whats the time frame of these changes? My greatest fear is if the company grinds to a complete halt more harm than good will be created.

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  33. 34 flag masiye

    good move for PF so  they can confuse us more , kwacha has been
    losing value with  this we won’ t even know how useless it will be

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  34. 35 flag Mbula MASO

    I now cease to be a billionaire. Thanks PF those who have buried cash, it will grow into maize lol

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  35. 36 flag Storm

    @ Tekton
    Dont display ure ignorance on matters u dont understand, K600,000 when the currency is debased will be equivalent to K600,000,000 today, who moves around with this kind of money. lets be rational and dont be driven by emotions

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    1. 36.1 flag Tekton

      Storm, no emotions here, read the information carefully. The exchange rate is not changing meaning if for instance RSA R1 is equal to K600, that remains the same. Rebasing is reducing the size of the notes and nothing else, meaning if you currently get K50 million as your salary that stays the same. Now my friend if you do simple thinking how many of the new K50 note which becomes the biggest note, do you need to reach K50million. Unless you are telling me that rebasing means that even the salaries and prices of things will be rebased. If this is the case, then that is even more nosense because it means that “based on the minister’ own statement the exchange rate remains unchanged.”the value of things and salaries has just gone down by a massive 1000%, wow man that is real emotions now?

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    2. 36.2 flag Sharp Shooter

      Both of you are correct depending on whether it is debasing or rebasing.The govt has rebased and not debased the currency as per BOZ statemet.

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  36. 37 flag job

    BUT THIS IS LESS MONEY IN THE POCKET . WATZUP.

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  37. 38 flag Eastern Power

    Bantustan people can’t see anything good.what they want is a Tonga to be president of Zambia.Anyway we’ll support one in future but not HH.The boy can sell mother Zambia and fix other tribes especially Bembas and Ngonis.let them just cry no more.We have good thinking tongas but not that boy underfive.Really they are becoming rebels to mother Zambia.

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    1. 38.1 flag bongwe

      maybe they are dad ones spreading fake rumors of the president being dead. :-?

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    2. 38.2 flag sinene

      HH or other politicians doesnt represent the tonga people..so please avoid tribal remarks. The eongas, bembas and other zambians are quite and peaceful people..its only the selfish politicians who are always preaching tribalism for there benefit..but on the ground tongas and bembas live together. so dont attack the tribe attach the politician.

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  38. 39 flag Nthuli

    The best is to forget the Kwacha and use the Dollar then after some years we go back to the kwacha , this has worked in Iraq even Zim , even in southern American country this was the same …But I very not happy with this .

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  39. 40 flag copperbullet

    very good idea in the banks as for 12bil any Tom dick and Harry could open a bank …..south Africa banks ask you to have $250million just for security given to the reserve bank so if u do go bankruptcy outstanding account and workers can be paid, sa banks are record as some most financially sound in the world …….this also means no more funny Nigerian banks in zed

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  40. 41 flag Mwila Kashimoto

    Yaba! I don’t know what to say coz I don’t know what this means. It would be nice to see the coins, but does this reallyl mean we will have more money in our pockets? This is so confusing for me, awe limbi nsha sambilila sana coz I don’t really understand our benefit in this. I would appreciate it if someone who understands explained to me. @ Ichipwa hahahahahahahah, I like it – Our departed kwachas and ngwees will begin to resurrect from their graves Lolest!

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  41. 42 flag Eastern Power

    This will help us who want corrupt MMD to bring back our money which they have burried.But the best thing to do is to monitor all banks so that crooks can’t start negotiating with workers.Coz people are going to remove all the money in trunks.We’ll be monitoring the accounts.Corruption should be stopped.people should take the money to the bank.

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  42. 43 flag chichi

    @ good citizen-please lets not bring tribes in all issues.Does watchdog opinions speak for all Tongas? I am proudly tonga and i am happy with the positive developments our President is bringing! Unlike other people i am not led by tribal politics and criticising even where its not necessary! Development is for all Zambians.

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  43. 44 flag back bencher

    @Tekton&Storm ,i dont understand what you mean? simply said it will be K600 in K50 notes equivalent to K600,000.00 to day

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  44. 45 flag Gani

    Political engineers at work……………lol

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  45. 46 flag Matac0 Yanjoka

    The dangers of voting in semi-literates as predicted before sept 20

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  46. 47 flag chola

    The Ghanaian Cedi was US $1 to about 7000 Ghana Cedis before they knocked off their zeroes.Now it is US $ 1 to 1.6 ghana cedis. ours is about 5000 kwacha to a dollar but it looks like after the conversion our rate will be about $1 to K 5. Any expalantions?

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    1. 47.1 flag solola!

      yes u are correct and its actually a good thing because the buying value of all products and services still remains the same…so a bottle of fanta will be k3..lol..nama ngwee!

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    2. 47.2 flag zambia abandoner

      The Ghanaian Cedi was almost 10000. So they seemed to knock of 4 zeros. At the time they knocked of the zeros their currency was slightly stronger than the dollar.

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  47. 48 flag Italian Bunga Bunga (Original)

    I have stopped blogging but I am waiting for Mr Capitalist/Bootfimofimo/Senior Citizen on this.

    Still waiting!

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    1. 48.1 flag Maxwell

      Bootfimofimo may comment BUT they other two are shittting bricks, very sad little people they are!! kekeke

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  48. 49 flag Chris

    At what cost? What are the benefits? How much will be the cost of printing new notes? I hope in 2016 they will be no commission of inquiry to find out how the contract was given! Does Zambia really need to spend many on new notes? 

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  49. 50 flag Ba Biggie

    With this news,the demand for foreign currency will be very high especially on the black market. because indians and politicians will offload all hidden kwachas for forex

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  50. 51 flag CAN U FEEL IT,IT IS HERE (RSA)

    I am coming back to my Zamtel.Ndola here i come.Well done PF

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  51. 52 flag Trigo

    Sound like a good idea Mr. Chikwanda debase the Kwacha $1=K5 nice thats what we want whether the value is still the same its good for PR

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    1. 52.1 flag Mp'nga Mbizi

      Its rebasing bane

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  52. 53 flag Tulilepo

    Interesting US$ =  …….

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  53. 54 flag Independent

    Rebasing the kwacha might actually lead to inflation. Its been the case elsewhere because prices dont go back to exactly the equivalent levels. People still think they are paying less when they are paying more. Please come up with proper policies. All you are doing is acknowledging what MMD did in stabilising the economic fundamentals. Do you own work, come up with proper policies and dont ride on other people’s achievements. People that you keep demonising by the way.

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  54. 55 flag Musonda

    Debasing the kwacha is over due, it changes nothing in terms of value just saying K1 instead of K1000. Probably the same as 2pm instead of 1400hrs! Weldone PF, in the long run our kwacha will look good, imagine buying a car at K20,000 instead of K20,000,000! But we just have to work hard or steal hard to buy a car as at now. New notes will come probably with same features but with few zeros. Long live dad Sata!

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  55. 56 flag Matac0 Yanjoka

    Rebasing has actually debased the kwacha. We must have been compacent and went wrong at some point as a country…………for this not to happen again it must go on till chaps who shouted donchi kubeba the loudest see the deception and realise they have been taken for foools. The lesson has to sink in first, bring it on!

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  56. 57 flag Wazabanga

    Good move. We needed Zamtel back. The Kwacha notes in thousands did not make sense.

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  57. 58 flag Bakulu

    The Japanese among others have toyed with the idea of debasing back in 2000 and it fell flat on its face. What would be the point of this anyway? The Zambian Kwacha will look prettier than the ZAR and BWP – good for the ego. What about the cost to business including SMEs who will need their IT systems, forms and all to be revamped. I actually wonder whether or not they have been consulted? Also who is to benefit? The Printers, I guess, de La Rue, who at my last check was not a Zambian company. There are other downsides e.g. inflation and opportunistic price hikes. If we were talking about debasing coins that would be a different proposition as that depends on the value of the base metal used to make the coins.

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  58. 59 flag LION KING

    Is this SATANOMICS or COBRANOMICS at work, hahahahahaha!!!

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  59. 60 flag BETTERS

    the question is when will it be done.

    The who budget was done in Billions, are they going to re do the budget or it will be another problem for mathematicians to solve to find equivalents.

    Zambia

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  60. 61 flag THE SAINT

    So, this is what the Sata meant when he said ‘more money in your pockets!’
    Well, well, what a sleight of hand by this magician! He brings in Alexander Chikwanda the man who helped Kaunda to mess up the economy, to trick people once again. So Zambians will now carry a lot of cash to pay for bread, because the denomination will be debased. I suppose that is what an illiterate man calls ‘a strong Kwacha!’

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  61. 62 flag MIRANDA

    DULL IDIOTIC MOVE. HOW DO U COPY ECONOMIC POLICIES FROM DR CONGO OR ZIMBABWE? WHY NOT DEVELOP INDUSTRIES & PRODUCTIVITY TO STRENGTHEN THE KWACHA? ZOONA THIS IS THE MOST DULLEST, LAZIEST WAY TO DEVELOP THE ECONOMY! IF THE KWACHA LOSES 1%, ITS LIKE IT’LL ITS ACTUALLY LOST 1000% VALUE.

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    1. 62.1 flag Maxwell

      Nigeria, Ghana, Turkey etc have done it very successfully, nothing is original in this world people just prefect old ideas and improve on them!!

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  62. 63 flag kudya nikusheta

    This is what we have been waiting for,no need to panic pipo for this has worked for almost three countries in Africa and it definitely will work for our kwacha as well. Viva MCS and your colleagues

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  63. 64 flag sanders

    Am surprized at how low minded zambians contributing on this site are. there is nothing to rejoice about the taking back of zamtel and the rebasing of your money. You will soon learn that you have no jobs around as this move will scare off potential inevstors and those already in will be sythoning their capital out of unstable Zambia. It is the ordinary people to be hurt by this political move and my advise to those of you celebrating your govt.’s move is that you don’t understand anything.No matter how you justify your move the world at large has got it that Zambia is renationalising by force companies that it privatized without regard to private investments. Its an blunder you will long live with because you won’t manage to convince the economic world that your country is safe.

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  64. 65 flag BETTERS

    The MMD left the Zambian economy in a very good position, I am happy

    Chikwanda has just confirmed that

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  65. 66 flag Russian hero

    am beginning to like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  66. 67 flag Pafwenamwine

    This is a good move as there are many MMD former leaders with Billions hidden underground. This will expose them more and any change of mind to try and deposit will expose them.

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  67. 68 flag SDA (satanist Devil Advocates) or bitter UPND

    Lesa whamaka

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  68. 69 flag Bazambia

    KEKTON
    You don’t seem to understand what debasing is all about.Purchasing power will remain the same. If you have K600,000 its value will now be K600. A commodity currently selling at K600 000 will now sell at K600. DON’T SHOW AS YOUR IGNORANCE.
    YES if I’m to use your reasoning, if you have K600 000 you need 12 K50 000, however with the debasing, you will now need 12000 of the K50 to make K600 000. BUT WITH A VALUE OF K6000 000 000 currently. You now Know how many people will afford to have K6000 000 when it is debased.

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  69. 70 flag Bazambia

    KEKTON
    I think you don’t seem to understand what debasing is all about.Purchasing power will remain the same. If you have K600,000 its value will now be K600. A commodity currently selling at K600 000 will now sell at K600. DON’T SHOW AS YOUR IGNORANCE.
    YES if I’m to use your reasoning, if you have K600 000 you need 12 K50 000, however with the debasing, you will now need 12000 of the K50 to make K600 000. BUT WITH A VALUE OF K6000 000 000 currently. You now Know how many people will afford to have K6000 000 when it is debased. PLIZ READ CAREFULLY TO AND UNDERSTAND.

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  70. 71 flag Mukame

    Time to dig up your old notes.

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  71. 72 flag Jay Jay

    Some of the major advantages of currency re-denomination are ;  it helps in restoring credibility and confidence to a nation’s currency. Redenomination will definitely reduce the presence and use of foreign currencies like the Dollar in the Zambian economy. If BOZ succeeds in maintaining the relative value of the new Kwacha, many more people will now resort to Kwacha as a better store of value than say the Dollar. This in itself will further reduce the demand for Dollars and strengthen the Kwacha. Secondly, if well managed, and in consonance with other measures, redenomination will assist in taming inflation in Zambia in the long term.
    Let’s not forget also the convenience of carrying more value with fewer notes or figures like we do abroad…

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  72. 74 flag Mt

    Rebasing the Kwacha is a good move,government is now thinking and exposed to the outside world, but ignorant Zambian’s will have a rough time adapting to the new currency.However, this is in the best interest of the country. What government needs to do is to print money that is durable and long lasting, unlike the plastic polymers that we have at present. Rebasing is not a simple task, we gonna face big setbacks, but we gonna make it.Since they planning to drop three zero’s, they should also knock off three zero’s from all goods. Just don’t mess up….

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  73. 75 flag Maxwell

    To our MMD colleagues,

    May I ask if this is Ala Bee’s initiative as well, please advise us you chaps seem to know more about our recent economic history….kekeke… …why the silence???

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    1. 75.1 flag Matac0 Yanjoka

      Rebasing is based on ‘economic stability’, which as you know was strengthened by……., i will let you finnish the sentence. Since your monkey took over the Kwacha has been falling and has never regained. thats why he is coming up with these desperate measures to rebase using Rb’s good run.

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  74. 76 flag tekton

    BaZambia, sounds simple doesn’t it from your logic, however what you seem to be missing is that the exchange rate remains unchanged. What was drawing attehpntion to is that is you for example have $1000 currently the amount in kwacha is about K5 000 000, with the rebasing which does not include exchange fixing the amount stays the same. Now lets take your view point and say a shop in zambia buys sugar from overseas for for $10, at the current rate that would be K50 000 now that the currency has been rebased is the value now K50, even though the exchange rate has not been fixed but remains at $1 = K5000. If the exchange remains the same then the shop have made a massive loss and i therefore put it to you that the shop will

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    1. 76.1 flag Mp'nga Mbizi

      The kwacha will be K5 for 1 USD. What is so difficult to understand. It means everything gets divided by 1000. Salaries, prices of goods and services etc also get divided by 1000. That way the value of the currency remains the same. Comprehende?

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  75. 77 flag tekton

    BaZambia, i theefore put it to you that the shop in my senario above will either demand payment in dollars or will charge K50000 as before. What i think has been done here is not different to the GIdeon Gono (zimbabwean governor) school of economics, the market will relign this rebase and you either end up with all trading being in dollars or adding back the zero, unless the government fixes the exchange rate which again will be tossed out by the market. This move for me it not sound period.

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    1. 77.1 flag Mp'nga Mbizi

      You are a Dunce, period.

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    2. 77.2 flag kamwendo

      Gono first printed more money, THEN knocked off the zeros; That is, First fueled inflation before rebasing!!

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  76. 78 flag Son of Africa

    Does this mean more money in the pockets? As one brilliant colleague put it, “Ifisela – Elo chibe shani? Inflation is inflation…

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  77. 79 flag PanAfricanist

    This means you guys zed being paud a salary of K4, 000 000. will be paid K4000.00. next month.!!!! I just hope the nearby utuntemba know how to do the conversion. Otherwise you will end up only buying a cirgarate from your salary..lol..# 66 you seem to have googled the right site for an explannation…as for Kekton..google again…

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  78. 80 flag CHARACTER ASSASSIN 00

    Let’s not be paranoid and too upset about this change. There is no economic impact about rebasing the currency, let’s be logical. The ratios against other currencies remain unchanged, however, this improves investor psychology in that they do not perceive the country as a poor nation they can exploit. All in all, we expect no difference.
    As for Zamtel, Zamtel was corruptly sold and it is sad that some Zambians are sympathising with the criminals. The report, regardless how biased it appears, really indicates that Zamtel was going to be a shell entity used to syphone funds into personal accounts!

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  79. 81 flag Terminal Mutima Patient

    Very clever move, tragic for those ***** like that Angolan refugee Liato to opt to bury money in the ground, little education, it is bad sure!

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  80. 82 flag PHILOSOPHER

    It has worked for Ghana. Now 10, 000 Ghanaian Cedis was debased to 1 Cedi. This made the international exchange rate decrease to $I =GHS 1.45

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  81. 83 flag Ten Kwacha

    We live in a market economy. By knocking off the 3 zeros it means there will be lots of kwacha floating around and very few goods…. we will be in hyper inflation situation. What we need is to increase production and exports. Otherwise we will kill the economy of Zambia.

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  82. 84 flag Choobe Muunga

    Good moves, about the ZAMTEL sale politicians must know power does not mean selling national resources corruptly, right price or not, corruption out! On zeros great move too, down with thick wallets and heavy bags for a few dollars

    Choobe:)

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  83. 85 flag tekton

    Mp’nga mbizi, sad my friend you seem to be confused, what part of exchange rate remains the same don’t you understand. Your idea above is what is called fixing the rate, however even if you fix the rate, the market will still see the exchange the same, just because you decide to take out zeros from your currency does not mean that suddenly your currency is now also valued with less zeros by the market. What you have seen today in Zed is called Zim economics, better known as Gideon Gono economics, it does not wash with the market. $1 will still be equal to +-K5000 even after this stant, like i said before prepare to carry bags of money or start demanding payment in dollars.

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  84. 86 flag CritiX

    The Zamtel reversal was initiated by PF during campaigns based on suspicions, they appoint a baised COI with predetermined findings and request it to recommend the predetermined reversal. They use the pro-government media to try to stir up public support for the decsion. They publish the COI report which hadly gives an independent mind an opportunity to hear both sides of the story. The COI does not even assess its own value of Zamtel. the COI recommmends a reversal without measuring the cost and impact, pro or cons of such a decision.

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  85. 87 flag Chama

    Should 2billion of liato make the gvt 2spent trillions sure 2rebase kwacha.was it on budget? If not wat benefit will it ve to the zambians?and why are u so in hurry? Take ur time u may do that next year. stregthen it first.

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  86. 88 flag mens

    what about repossessing the mines? Sure they were worth much more than baby Zamtel. what benefits will deleting zeros bring? Remember 77 Japanese yen is equal to 1 US Dollar yet Japan is economically powerful. Ours will be 5 ZMK to 1 US Dollar yet or economy is under five! When will PF talk about 100,000 jobs in 6 months instead of the minors?

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  87. 89 flag Mwanawakwitu

    Amen! Praise be to Jesus. We struck while the Iron was hot.

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  88. 90 flag Mwanawakwitu

    God could not let Islam have a foothold in his beloved ZAMBIA. Yes his beloved Zambia, no moslem propaganda in my nation period.

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  89. 91 flag Mwanawakwitu

    A win for the people yeah!

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  90. 92 flag BAKATEKA

    maxwell what do you do for your living…i think we are tired seeing your ugly fat face

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  91. 93 flag REAL MAN

    Now let the foools bring back our money.

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  92. 94 flag CHECHA

    Amen! This is incredible. God bless Zambia! Long live PF govt. We are thankfull to God for Sata and his team.

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  93. 95 flag Tekton

    My last comment on this, for everyone celebrating this unsound economic exercise i suggest you do a simple google on the term rebasing and you will see the problem with this whole exercise. Like i said above what this means is pretty much more notes with less value, by default the governement has actually reduced the amount on money in your pocket that is called inflation. If the inflation was by one digit that would be less painful, but a three digit inflation increase induced using currency is really not sound, but i guess that means us in the diaspora can now buy more with our foreign currency. The only tough and sad part about this is that almost 90% of zambian trading is imports so that means prices out of this world for the average man. Unless you demand payment in dollars.

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  94. 96 flag Lukos

    Kudos to PF,it will be very easy to carry a lot of money in our pockets with ease.

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  95. 97 flag Phil

    It is unfortunate that so many people do not understand what currency rebasing entails. Currency rebasing is usually monetarily neutral and is introduced to make commercial calculations easier and cheaper. Turkey, for example, knocked six zeroes off its lira currency in 2005. There is absolutely nothing to be scared of or to worry about. If it is done when the rate is K5000 to a dollar, the rate will become K5 to a dollar, as simple as that. This does not however mean that the Kwacha has gained value NO!

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  96. 98 flag SHEIKH

    @63 MIRANDA, are you Zambian?? We are not the first country to do this, even “Ghana” one of the Good Economies in Africa did the same to their currency?? Your Philosophical writing sounds so bitter. What the hell, stay in the US, no one has asked you to come to Zambia and don’t call us DULL???. Do your research before writing such crup as Zambians are not lazy people, WE work hard & have contributed to many Successful Economic Developments including the US.

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  97. 99 flag SHEIKH

    NOT ONLY ZAMBIA US Rebased their currency. So shut-up you unthankful people. READ:::
    The United States has debased money in the past. In World War II, we made steel pennies to save copper. In the 1960s, the high value of silver caused a run on quarters and dimes and led to a full-blown coin shortage until we substituted copper and nickel. We also took most of the copper out of pennies in 1982 for the same reason.

    But debasement only puts off the inevitable for a short time. Because the penny is fixed in value at 1 cent, no matter what the penny is made of, the cost of its material will rise with inflation and eventually be worth more than a cent.

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  98. 100 flag THE GURU

    Knocking off zeros is not a very big significance. Anybody could have done that. Ba PF talk about creating jobs and improving the general value of the Kwacha and quality of a Zambian life.

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  99. 101 flag wide mouthed

    Tekton, u will still carry 12 K50 notes for the amount of K600 which is now K600 000- dullo dullo dullo!!!!!!!!! let the experts debate on these issues rather than showing us ur ignorance here… Busy calling other pipo uneducated n yet u’re the only uneducated one we see here (n that’s because uneducated pipo argue even without knowing what they are arguing about)…. this move was planned way back- during the Mwanawasa days…. mmxxxxmmm!!

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  100. 102 flag NATCO

    Iwe Tankton, You are dafty. Don’t you know that u won’t need that sort of money to buy that much worth of commodity as it well too much?

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  101. 103 flag Kwa mandevu Woyi

    imwe wanthu…please check why the CEDI is the strongest currency in africa? in fact Nkuruma chaps rebased it as well after the “rawling years of hyper inflation”…

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  102. 104 flag Najudah

    Reading some of these comments I feel like i am in an alternate universe, it is amazing how unbelievably shallow Zambians are

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  103. 106 flag Kanjimaano

    I wish that they don’t print the monies outside the country cos by doing means more money in other people’s pocket. Alot of cash has been pocketed by SA companies and clinics.. Zambia must be independent.

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  104. 107 flag Jigga

    Can’t believe people who are shouting ‘good move’ are unable to see through how bad this move is.

    If yo can’t comprehend simple, basic economic ramifications of this, just read the last but one paragraph. It reads: “In recent years two countries Iraq and Zimbabwe are known to have rebased their currencies”. Do you know why those 2 countries did that?

    This is as a result of too much inflation to the point where your currency is almost useless against all major currencies. It’s purchasing power almost equals to zero – a condition known as ‘Hyperinflation’.
    Zimbabwe’s inflation rose to 231,150,888.87% in 2008 and their currency dollar was valuing at $1USD = $Z2,621,984,228 (good luck reading those numbers) – source: Wikipedia.

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  105. 108 flag Jigga

    Wikipedia goes on to report that “In 2009 Zimbabwe abandoned its currency; at present in 2012 a new currency has yet to be introduced, so currencies from other countries are used”.
    It says: “A third redenomination, producing the “fourth Zimbabwe dollar” occurred in February 2009, and dropped 12 more zeros from the currency. It was thus worth 10 trillion trillion ZWD (first dollar), so overall the ratio of the redenomination was 10^3 * 10^10 * 10^12 = 10^25.”
    Extra zeros can be knocked off ‘naturally’ by proper and sound economic management not by force.
    What this means is a govt that does this due to high inflation is just masking the problem. It’s a temporal move that just sugar-coats or sweeps dirty under the carpet as the saying goes.

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  106. 109 flag Jigga

    Sooner or later the many zeroes that were deleted will come right back. Where do you think they came from in the first place? At some stage our currency and that of our neighbour Zimbabwe were at par with the British Sterling.
    This isn’t even about who stashed money or whatever. After all everyone who holds money in the Zambian currency will be affected. It’s poor economic management. I’m afraid Chikwanda doesn’t give a proper explanation in those words he was quoted. So what about inflation and GDP? It’s not like Zambia’s GDP has all of a sudden now grown by 50% and the ZMK is now stronger against the green buck.
    Big mistake!

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  107. 110 flag Jigga

    This is what happens in a country that doesn’t produce anything to export. The issue of a weaker currency is something that actually can benefit a country that exports more than they import.

    Consider China for example: China actually benefits from a weaker value of their currency because they are able to export more and their goods overseas are cheap and affordable against otther good from competitive nations. It turns out China actually devalues its own currency and guess who isn’t hahppy with this? Yes you guessed right.

    What I’m saying is you don’t artificially make your currency look stronger by cutting zeros without backing it up with proper economic management. What happens when the zeros come right back? Do you keep on cutting them? Oh dear!

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  108. 111 flag Pa Zed

    OK Guys time to make a profit here. After the zeros are knocked off inflation will soon follow. So its time to buy Land. If you are in retail stock pile all your non perishables right after the switch wait for the price rise in six or so months then start selling. Whatever you do do not put your money in a bank keep it in goods.

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  109. 112 flag Pumlutangu

    Ok. From today on, a crodile is called a lizard. Happy???

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  110. 113 flag

    Appreciate you sharing, great article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…

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