Week 43

Treasury starved hospitals of medicines: Chiwenga

Zimbabwe: The Curious Case of Zimbabwe Sanctions

Zimbabwe: MSF Moves in to Mitigate Dire Lack of Clean Water in Zimbabwe's Capital

Analysts call for independent Gukurahundi commission

Brain drain hits BCC clinics

From $1.90 to $2.15 a day: the updated International Poverty Line - Our World in Data

Zim in 45 000 teacher deficit

Ethiopian Airlines Set To Introduce Flights To Bulawayo End Of October

British Embassy Harare on whether sanctions affect the UK’s trade with Zimbabwe

Zanu PF leans on parastatals to fund congress

‘Complicated’ multinationals cream off Zimbabwe ...US$9bn salted away as authorities run out of their depth

Govt hit with US$20bn bill over grabbed properties

Treasury starved hospitals of medicines: Chiwenga

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also Health minister, has revealed that hospitals were this year starved of medicines by Treasury after it only released $5 billion of the Health ministry’s $15 billion allocation. This resulted in the ministry only managing to procure 14% of the required medicines for hospitals this year due to financial constraints.

Zimbabwe: The Curious Case of Zimbabwe Sanctions

African leaders have strongly condemned sanctions against Zimbabwe but rarely condemn its deplorable human rights abuses. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) designated 25 October as a day for solidarity against sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the European Union (EU), United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) nearly 20 years ago. The targeted sanctions were applied in response to human rights violations, government policies and actions that impede democracy, rule of law and respect for human and property rights. While African governments have united in denouncing the sanctions, they’ve been mum on the wanton rights abuses, weaponisation of the law and violence unleashed on Zimbabwe’s opposition and political activists. Does that mean Africa condones these actions?

Zimbabwe: MSF Moves in to Mitigate Dire Lack of Clean Water in Zimbabwe's Capital

The World Bank has updated the methods it uses to measure incomes and poverty around the world. What does this mean for our understanding of global poverty? In this article we consider what the World Bank’s revised methodology means for our understanding of global poverty. We then also explain the updated methodology: what international dollars are, what the change to 2017 prices mean, and how this change affects the International Poverty Line and the World Bank’s poverty estimates.

Analysts call for independent Gukurahundi commission

“There should be an independent tribunal to look into this, and ideally the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) must lead the process.  However, it’s quite clear that the NPRC will not be able to effectively do so. There is nothing wrong with the chiefs leading the process as long there is a legal instrument in place to ensure that the process will be independent, credible and separate from the person of the President and the Executive,” political analyst Dumisani Nkomo said. Rejoice Ngwenya, another political analyst said: “Firstly, it’s not chiefs who are aggrieved. Mnangagwa was at the centre of Gukurahundi. He knows the victims. He knows the perpetrators. If he truly wants to bring closure, he should call all victims, survivors, dependants, their relatives and tell them that he is sorry. He should ask them what they want and compensate them and the case will be closed. Running to chiefs is not going to help his case.”

Brain drain hits BCC clinics

“Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is experiencing mass exodus of staff at its health institutions as they migrate to other countries. About 70% of the nurses who graduated in the last five years have all gone to the United Kingdom or Canada,” Sibanda said.

From $1.90 to $2.15 a day: the updated International Poverty Line - Our World in Data

The World Bank has updated the methods it uses to measure incomes and poverty around the world. What does this mean for our understanding of global poverty? In this article we consider what the World Bank’s revised methodology means for our understanding of global poverty. We then also explain the updated methodology: what international dollars are, what the change to 2017 prices mean, and how this change affects the International Poverty Line and the World Bank’s poverty estimates.

Zim in 45 000 teacher deficit

GOVERNMENT says the education sector has a deficit of 45 000 teachers after Treasury only managed to fund recruitment of 5 000 posts this year. Last week, over 150 Zimbabwean teachers left for Rwanda following a bilateral agreement signed between Harare and Kigali. Teachers’ unions claim that Zimbabwe has suffered massive brain drain due to low salaries and poor working conditions in the public service. The report also said there were shortages of doctors and nurses at district hospitals.

Ethiopian Airlines Set To Introduce Flights To Bulawayo End Of October

Ethiopian Airlines is set to launch its new service to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on 30th October using a Boeing 737-800. Ethiopian’s flight will stop in Victoria Falls before carrying on to Bulawayo and then direct to Addis Ababa. Airport authorities are excited to see new foreign airlines landing at Bulawayo Airport (BUQ) after an upgrade in its flying facilities recently, according to Bulawayo24.

British Embassy Harare on whether sanctions affect the UK’s trade with Zimbabwe

The UK has targeted sanctions on five individuals for human rights violations and serious corruption, and an arms embargo and asset freeze on one entity. The five individuals are Owen Ncube, Isaac Moyo, Godwin Matanga, Anselem Sanyatwe and Kudakwashe Tagwirei, and the entity is the Zimbabwe Defence Industries. Total trade between Zimbabwe and the UK for 2021 was 175 million USD. The UK also provides considerable development assistance – 114 million USD this year. This is assistance in support of Zimbabwe’s own National Development Strategy.

Zanu PF leans on parastatals to fund congress

THE ruling Zanu PF party has reportedly ordered struggling State-owned parastatals to sponsor its congress this week by buying exhibition space that cost between US$3 000 and US$6 000. State enterprises and parastatals are statutory bodies set up by acts of Parliament and companies that are wholly or majority-owned by the State. Zimbabwe has 107 such enterprises.

‘Complicated’ multinationals cream off Zimbabwe ...US$9bn salted away as authorities run out of their depth

TRADE misinvoicing has turned into one of the biggest threats to Zimbabwe’s mining industry, a ground-breaking investigation showed Friday, blaming equally tough investment laws imposed by authorities. The practice involves knowingly submitting invoices that misrepresent the value of goods being imported or exported.

Govt hit with US$20bn bill over grabbed properties

EX-COMBATANTS from Zapu’s military wing during the armed struggle are demanding US$20 billion as compensation for properties that were confiscated by the government at the height of Gukurahundi. Some of the land is being parcelled out now and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ally Scott Sakupwanya has been named as one of the recent beneficiaries of the properties belonging to Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZPRA). Mnangagwa met ZPRA ex-combatants in 2018 and 2019 where he promised to facilitate the release of the seized properties, but he has reneged on his promise.

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