How about this for an image of how fake many Zimbabweans believe the about-to-be-introduced bond notes will be?
With a claim on Thursday by the independent Financial Gazette online that the much-feared new bank notes will now not be brought in until early November, Zimbabweans have been spreading a borrowed internet meme to show that they have absolutely no faith in central bank chief John Mangudya's new project.
The meme shows a heap of tomato (or is it chilli?)-sauce laced rice on a plate. Where the chicken drumstick should be is a piece of torn-off exercise paper with a joint hastily drawn on in blue pen.
Many pics have added a caption: "Bond chicken. Nothing is impossible in Zimbabwe."
The meme - which appears to have been found on Spanish-language Pinterest sites - has been widely re-tweeted, shared and commented upon.
"This bond represents chicken held... at Irvines. It is just as good as the real thing!" quipped one Twitter user. Irvines is a leading chicken producer. Mangudya has based his argument for bond notes on the claim that they are backed by a $200m facility from the Afreximbank (there are still demands for him to provide proof of this). He says the note will be on a parity with the US dollar, Zimbabwe's main official currency since early 2009. Locals fear that it will swiftly be rejected by shops and traders and will drag Zimbabwe back to the dark pre-2009 days of hyperinflation and rampant shortages.
"Lunch is served #BondChicken," tweeted @ali_naka.
@CdeMarcKatsaura wrote: "Eating meat in #Zimbabwe today... let's do something about this please."
Lets do something about this please!! pic.twitter.com/LExEyuXRCn -- Marc Katsaura (@CdeMarcKatsaura) October 4, 2016The Financial Gazette quoted Mangudya as saying on Thursday that the planned introduction of bond notes has been "moved to early November". Mangudya had earlier indicated they would be introduced this month. The report has not been independently verified. However, a report in the latest state-controlled Sunday News in Bulawayo said the notes were still being designed.