The Bank of Zambia saying that cryptocurrencies aren’t a legal tender in the country is what is in the crypto news today.
This bank that created and implemented various monetary policies for its country, explained their attitude towards using cryptocurrencies since the public interest for them is growing.
They admitted that people are sending hundreds of inquiries regarding the legal status of Bitcoin in the country and this is why they as a bank have to protect the interests of members of the public and protect the integrity of the financial system according to a local news report.
Bank of Zambia claims that Section 30 from their financial constitution is the main reason that keeps Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from having a legal status in the country. Also, they said that they don’t have any kind of constitutional power to ban the local crypto market under the current legal framework.
According to Section 30:
“Firstly, Section 30 of the Bank of Zambia Act vests the right to issue notes and coins exclusively in the BoZ. To date, BoZ has not issued any form of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in the Republic of Zambia; Secondly, BoZ does not oversee, supervise nor regulate the cryptocurrency landscape. Consequently, any and all activities related to the buying, trading or usage of cryptocurrencies are performed at owner’s risk.”
The constitution of Zambia doesn’t give any kind of definition on Bitcoin but there is a possibility open for lawmakers to approach this issue and regulate it under the modified provision.
The crypto community in Zambia doesn’t attribute any trading activity to the global crypto volume. They also don’t have a local crypto exchange so instead they, rely on foreign ones.
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