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Currency reform mocked

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The Government of Zimbabwe may think it has set its foreign exchange market on the right track by revamping the local currency, but there are those who beg to differ.

A few dissidents are showing their displeasure in novel ways - like the Canada-based musician Viomak who wrote a song on the removal of zeros from the Zimbabwean currency.

No, this is not a song showering praise on the government. In fact, it mocks President Robert Mugabe and Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono for the cosmetic reforms they have introduced.

The song is titled Gono Bvisa Father Zero, which translates into Gono remove Father Zero, an indirect reference to the President. The song ends with the lyrics "Gono remove Mugabe and not the zeros, zeros are not the problem".

Three zeros were knocked off the African nation's currency under the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Currency Revaluation) Regulations 2006 in order to "combat hyperinflation and corruption".

The currency reform operation, codenamed "Project Sunrise" has only left thousands poorer with police setting up roadblocks and seizing money exceeding $100 million from citizens.


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