Since my last letter a fortnight ago Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has escalated at a frightening pace. In a fortnight the street rate for one US dollar has gone from 460 to 600 plus while the bank rate continues to trail far behind at 338. Two weeks ago a loaf of bread was Z$469, last week it went up to Z$640 and yesterday it was Z$825 in my home town. The price of bread which has always been around the equivalent of one US dollar was the equivalent of US$1.40 this week and our shopping baskets went empty.
THE Women for Economic and Social Empowerment (WESE) is deeply worried by the ongoing indefinite incapacitation of health workers over poor working conditions and low remuneration. Health is a right guaranteed in terms of section 76 of the Constitution and failure by government to ensure smooth functioning of the sector constitutes a violation of fundamental human rights.
MATER DEI Hospital in Bulawayo has been experiencing massive brain drain despite its efforts to equip its workers with various health response skills.
In last week’s Zimbabwe Independent a writer describing himself as Jonathan Chando, a lawyer, wrote an opinion piece justifying Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. His article cannot be left unanswered. Aside from anything else, lawyers are trained to argue on the facts and the law, and Chando does neither.
CIVIL society organisations (CSOs) have decried the discrimination of diasporans who will not vote in the 2023 general elections because the country has not reformed its electoral laws. There have been loud calls from different sections of society demanding amendments to the country’s Electoral Act to allow for the diaspora vote in next year’s general elections.
GOVERNMENT is further tightening screws on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the country with Public Service minister Paul Mavima proposing more amendments to the Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) Amendment Bill.
A member of the British House of Lords has urged the international community to act on the political crisis in Zimbabwe. On Friday Lord Jonathan Oates denounced the arrest and persecution of perceived government opponents in Zimbabwe. Hon Job Sikhala and Hon Job Sikhala were arrested for assisting Moreblessing Ali’s family. ARTUZ leader Obert Masaraure was arrested for a trumped up murder charge.
In Zimbabwe, we have an inflation rate that has recently reverted to its previous rabid tendencies – now believed to be reaching the 200 percent mark, leaving most basic commodities unaffordable by the vast majority – compounded by an exchange rate that has gone rogue, in the midst of paltry salaries (largely eroded by the incomprehensible reintroduction of local currency).