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FINANCE Minister Patrick Chinamasa has hinted at the possible ban on the importation of second hand underwear for resale among poor locals.

Chinamasa was responding to a question by Proportional Representation MP Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga in Parliament Wednesday on government’s stance on the continued sale of used knickers.

The firebrand MP had brought a plastic of such used female underwear which she exhibited in the house while asking her question.

“How does government intend to rectify this in light of that women go on to contract diseases after wearing them … new clothes are a dollar while these cheap clothes cost 25 cents,” said the MDC MP in Ndebele, amid heckles from Zanu PF legislators.

In his response, Chinamasa first chided the MP telling the parliamentary speaker, “She could have made the same point without having to give exhibits.”

He added: “I understand her concern; her concern is that we are allowing used clothes which have unhealthy implications on our population.

“I agree with her and I will see whether in the mid-term review statement next week I can make an intervention to ban such material.”

Second hand underwear is imported cheaply or donated from other developed countries around the world.

It is however, not the first time Zimbabweans have found themselves thinking deeply over the indignity of inheriting used panties.

Then Finance Minister Tendai Biti in 2012 also pronounced a ban on second hand underwear saying they were too demeaning on poor Zimbabweans.

“I am told we are now even importing women’s underwear,” Biti said then.

“How does that happen? If you are a husband and you see your wife buying underwear from the flea market, you would have failed.”

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