(Filed Under Financial and General Interest News). After finding out that many Zimbabwean women obtain lingerie and intimate apparel at flea markets and through used clothing vendors, Finance Minister Tendai Biti introduced a ban on purchasing secondhand underwear.
Biti’s ban was recently signed into law by the government, making it illegal to sell or import "articles of secondhand garments of any type, form or description, whether purchased, donated or procured in any other manner," according to Zimbabwean publication NewsDay. The new legislation also requires the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to collect sizable duties and taxes on intimate apparel imports.
Zimbabwe is the third African country to ban the sale of used underwear. Rwanda outlawed secondhand intimates in 2011, while Ghana set a ban in 1994.
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