Week 29

UBH suspends surgeries.

Inflation wipes out govt budget.

AfDB injects US$25,65 million to support Zim food production.

Where are women in politics?

Zanu PF threatens to block Kariba's development if opposition CCC wins by-election.

US$ salary demands grow louder.

How land reform transformed small towns in Zimbabwe.

Poor road infrastructure an impediment to development of Nkayi: Chief.

UBH suspends surgeries.

THE United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) has suspended surgical operations with immediate effect due to lack of anaesthetics, the drugs used to induce sleep in patients. In addition, UBH advised patients to buy their own drugs if any operation is to be done.

Inflation wipes out govt budget.

GOVERNMENT says it has failed to recruit teachers required to minimise the shortfall of educators at the country’s public schools because inflation has wiped out the budget for the exercise. This could be a tip of the iceberg for a government that in 2019 and 2020 overshot its budget by $107 billion and took two years to apologise for the over- expenditure when it was supposed to do so within 60 days. Fears abound that many, if not all ministries’ budgets have been wiped out by inflation now at 191,6% as of last month. Last month, research watchdog, the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development said its survey revealed that four million children were failing to pay fees and were looking to Beam for assistance.

AfDB injects US$25,65 million to support Zim food production.

The funds were drawn from the African Development Fund, a concessional arm of the AfDB Group which granted the country an exemption from debt-related eligibility criteria, given the severity of its circumstances. Under normal circumstances the Southern Africa nation would not qualify for the grant because it remains in arrears. The development comes shortly after the AfDB president, Akinwumi Adesina committed to assist Zimbabwe with a strategy to clear off its US$13,5 billion debt owed to external financiers.

Where are women in politics?

The participation of women in politics has registered a downward trend over the past nine years, despite the introduction of the proportional representation system, a development which stakeholders have said calls for concerted efforts to push the 50-50 gender parity agenda as enshrined in the national Constitution.

Zanu PF threatens to block Kariba's development if opposition CCC wins by-election.

ZANU PF has hinted it will not facilitate infrastructural development in the already marginalised Kariba Urban constituency if its candidate loses the local authority by- election scheduled for Saturday. There are nine wards in Kariba Urban constituency, with Zanu PF having only one and CCC the rest.

US$ salary demands grow louder.

DEMANDS for United States dollar (US$) salaries have increased across all sectors of the economy as a number of employees struggle to buy basic commodities now being charged in the greenback. Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe tweeted: “Prices have gone up and retailers are demanding forex (US dollar), while the worker’s wage remains constant and valued against the devalued RTGS. We want our (US$)540.”

How land reform transformed small towns in Zimbabwe.

Over a number of years, we have been monitoring changes in three small towns in Zimbabwe, situated in different parts of the country The results point to a major growth in population, building and business activity. This is substantially driven by a reconfigured local economy, with production from smallholder farming land reform areas (A1 resettlements) contributing to this.

Poor road infrastructure an impediment to development of Nkayi: Chief.

Nkayi traditional leader, Chief Dakamela says the district is lagging behind on development due to the poor road infrastructure. “I will give you an example when I say I want to drill a borehole in my home, I will call the drillers and when they come here they will charge me double, its different from when they are using a perfect road.” He also pointed out that there is a need for more water sources as the available dams can no longer hold water for a long period.

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