Violent and bloody elections ahead
What happened in Gokwe on Thursday heralds the beginning of political violence that will blight the 2023 elections whose results will predictably be disputed.
A majority of Zimbabwean workers, including civil servants, are mostly paid in local currency and they have limited access to foreign currency, which makes the government’s position on school fees unreasonable.
Zesa chairman Sydney Gata revealed last week that the country risked losing power import contracts with utilities in Zambia and Mozambique to South Africa because it was failing to pay for the electricity supplies on time.
The government is interfering more in the operations of local authorities through the imposition of bad economic deals such as the one between Harare City Council and Geogenix BV of the Netherlands early this year to set up a waste-to-energy plant at the Pomona dumpsite.
They are striking over poor salaries and conditions of service. The decision to down tools came after talks with government over the issue had fallen through and were abandoned.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is becoming even more heavy handed in dealing with dissent than the autocratic Mugabe, who ruled with an iron fist for about four decades.
PSMAS was set up by civil servants to provide medical cover to members at a reasonable cost.
Patients at public hospitals endured a tough week after health workers, who included junior doctors, nurses, radiographers and pharmacists went on strike on June 20 demanding a review of their salaries.
Ali’s abduction and murder was part of a cycle driven by impunity of perpetrators and this is why all eyes have been on the police to demonstrate that they are now a professional organisation by handling the investigations professionally.
Overzealous police officers stormed the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe offices in the city centre and arrested the 34, who included the church leader Bishop Ancelimo Magaya.
Councils throughout the country are struggling to deliver basic services such as refuse collection and provide clean running water because their budgets are stretched.
The latest batch, which was recently vetted, is said to have missed out during the first round of compensation in 1997.
Mnangagwa’s administration paid millions of dollars in foreign currency to western public relations firms in a desperate move to clean its image and gain acceptance from countries that have ostracised Zimbabwe because of the Mugabe regime’s human rights record.
Mnangagwa said the shock measures were meant to cripple speculators whom he said were behind the rapid collapse of the local currency, which was reintroduced in 2019.
Two years ago the government used the Covid-19 pandemic as a cover to ban private transport operators in urban areas and imposed Zupco as the only public transport operator.
The government took the side of the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T, which sent the bloated delegation to Bulawayo despite the outcry that the city can ill afford spending US$136 000 when it is struggling to deliver basic services to ratepayers.
The value of the Zimbabwe dollar has been plummeting on the parallel market in the last few weeks, pushing prices of basic commodities beyond the reach of the poor who form the majority of the population.
Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe statistics show an increase in road traffic crash fatalities of 35 percent between 2010 (2 291 deaths) and 2019 (2 000).
Civil servants form the majority of PSMAS subscribers at over 750 000 or 90% of the medical insurer’s membership base.
There is no doubt that victors of this by-election, the newly-born Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party, are determined to plough forward to bigger victory while the vanquished Zanu PF gird their loins for the battle ahead.
Zimbabwe finally held the long-awaited by-elections yesterday after divisive campaigns punctuated by violence against the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) and inflammatory language by the country’s leadership. The March 26 by-elections came after a two-year ban on elections by the government under the pretext that it was trying to contain the spread of Covid-19. […]
Zanu PF is clearly rattled by the momentum being shown by the newly formed Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa, hence the senseless violence being meted against the opposition party’s supporters by the ruling party’s goons and security forces.
The Harare High Court rightfully reversed the police order and said the rally could go ahead provided the opposition party attended to concerns raised by the law enforcement agents.
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The announcement came at a time when Parliament is conducting hearings into the contentious PVO Ammmendment where the ruling Zanu PF party is showing determination to railroad the contentious proposed law.
Fifa says it will only lift the suspension of the country if the Zifa officials are reinstated, but the Src insists that will not happen.
Tongues were sent wagging last week when police set tough conditions for CCC to hold its by-elections official launch in Harare today, which seemed not to apply to the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T and the ruling Zanu PF.