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Zimbabwe Civil Servants Have Trouble Redeeming US$100 Pay Vouchers

Some Zimbabwean civil servants said Tuesday that they were having trouble redeeming the US$100 vouchers they have been given by the government as supplements to their pay under a program announced last week by Finance Minister Tendai Biti.

Banks were said to be running short on foreign exchange as state workers tried to redeem the vouchers. Some banks advised customers to open hard currency accounts elsewhere.

Teacher Valentine Moyo of Masvingo, capital of the eastern province of the same name, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he was not able to redeem his voucher and that retailers refused them or insisted on a fee to accept them.

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