Week 27

Zimbabwe: Over 50% Villagers Without Toilets in Matabeleland North, Relieving Themselves in Bushes

Zim urged to adopt a currency board.

Zimbabwe’s Spotlight Initiative launches High-Level Political Compact to end gender-based violence, harmful practices.

UN Report: Global hunger numbers rose to as many as 828 million in 2021.

BCC, Health ministry embarks on TB programme.

‘Formal labour market faces demise’

Zim heads for famine.

Pupils turned away for non-payment of fees

We are being targeted: CSOs.

Zimbabwe: Over 50% Villagers Without Toilets in Matabeleland North, Relieving Themselves in Bushes

THE latest Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report has revealed that more than 50% of families in Matabeleland North province do not have access to toilets and relieve themselves in bushes.  The province was said to have a dire shortage of ablution facilities, with Binga (67%), Lupane (61%) and Tsholotsho (52%) districts being the most affected.

Zim urged to adopt a currency board.

The southern African economic crisis is deepening, with the local currency rapidly depreciating and trading at $800 to the US dollar on the parallel market. Annual inflation shot up to 191,7% in June from 131,7% recorded in May. This has resulted in the skyrocketing of prices of basic goods and services.  In a bid to solve currency problems and runaway inflation, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya has introduced gold coins.  A currency board is a pegged exchange rate mechanism that guarantees full convertibility of domestic currency to an anchor foreign currency or a basket of currencies. 

Zimbabwe’s Spotlight Initiative launches High-Level Political Compact to end gender-based violence, harmful practices.

The Government of Zimbabwe, the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe, and the United Nations in Zimbabwe launched the High-Level Political Compact (HLPC) on Ending Gender-based Violence and Harmful Practices in Zimbabwe under the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls. The 2019 Zimbabwe Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) estimated that 39.4% of women in Zimbabwe aged 15-49 experience physical violence at least once in their lifetime.

UN Report: Global hunger numbers rose to as many as 828 million in 2021.

The number of people affected by hunger globally rose to as many as 828 million in 2021, an increase of about 46 million since 2020 and 150 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic (1), according to a United Nations report that provides fresh evidence that the world is moving further away from its goal of ending hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

BCC, Health ministry embarks on TB programme.

BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) and the Health and Child Care ministry have embarked on an extensive tuberculosis (TB) control programme running up to July 14. In a notice to residents and stakeholders yesterday, Bulawayo town clerk Christopher Dube said the Health and Child Care ministry and the National TB Control Programme, in collaboration with the City of Bulawayo, will be conducting targeted screening for active TB cases in the city from July 4 to 14. 

‘Formal labour market faces demise’

GOVERNMENT last Friday admitted that the country was so highly in-formalised that the formal labour market was facing collapse.  Over 70% of the country’s citizens are now self-employed. 

Zim heads for famine.

ZIMBABWE has been listed among 20 countries deemed to have hunger hotpots following drought-induced poor harvests in the 2021-2022 farming season.  The World Food Programme (WFP) said the country’s food crisis was expected to worsen by year end.  “Sri Lanka, West African coastal countries, Ukraine and Zimbabwe have been added to the list of countries with hunger hotspots, where food insecurity is expected to worsen over the next six months,” WFP said in a statement. 

Pupils turned away for non-payment of fees

ABOUT 51,8 percent of pupils across the country were turned away from school for non-payment of fees during the first term of the year, in defiance of Government policy, a report has revealed.  The ZimVac 2022 report further states that 69 percent of rural households had access to primary schools within a radius of five kilometres while 26 percent had access to a primary school within a five-to-10-kilometre radius. 

We are being targeted: CSOs.

Zimbabwe NGO Forum programmes co-ordinator Wilbert Mandinde said: “Arrest and crafting of oppressive laws such as the amendments to the Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) Act, which is currently before Parliament pointed to criminalisation of human rights defenders in the country”.  Zanu PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa recently said the party would use its parliamentary majority to fast-track the Bill to deal with NGOs that it accuses of working with Western countries to allegedly champion a regime change agenda. 

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