Why are Biti and Chamisa so desperate to join Mnangagwa’s illegitimate government?

Why are Biti and Chamisa so desperate to join Mnangagwa’s illegitimate government? 1

“Ten years ago, forming a unity government offered a political solution, albeit a temporary one, to the crisis of hyperinflation. A solution to today’s economic crisis must be similarly political,” writes Movement for Democratic Change vice-president Tendai Biti in Foreign Affairs. “More precisely, it must address the legitimacy deficit of the current administration, which stems from the military coup that brought it to power and the disputed election that kept it there.” Biti and his colleagues in the MDC claim they have a solution to Zimbabwe’s current problem, but that…

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Zimbabwe police arrest 10 union officials as clampdown deepens

Zimbabwe police arrest 10 union officials as clampdown deepens 3

Zimbabwe police arrested 10 union officials today as they tried to petition the Finance Minister over low pay for teachers, witnesses said, extending a government clampdown on dissent that has hobbled the country’s main opposition. Police with batons bundled the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe officials into a truck outside the finance ministry. They also arrested the group’s lawyer, Douglas Coltart, and a journalist with online news outlet Newzimbabwe.com who was filming the arrest, the witnesses said. The union had been trying to present a petition to Finance Minister…

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Has Zimbabwe inflation begun its slide?

Has Zimbabwe inflation begun its slide? 5

Zimbabwe’s month-on-month inflation which stood 39.3 percent in June declined to 21 percent in July raising questions about whether the price spiral which began in February when the country allowed its local currency to float against the United States dollar has begun to decline. Month-on-month inflation in February stood at 1.7 percent and rose to 4.4 percent in March, 5.5 percent in April, 12.5 percent in May before rocketing to 39.3 percent in June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube on 1 August suspended the publication of year-on-year inflation until February next…

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Tendai Biti on how to get Zimbabwe out of its crisis

Tendai Biti on how to get Zimbabwe out of its crisis 7

In August 2008, I visited a hospital roughly 100 miles outside the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. Hundreds of patients lay in overcrowded wards and on makeshift beds in hallways and in waiting areas. Outside, hospital employees scrambled to pitch tents in order to accommodate the sick and dying still streaming in from the countryside. Doctors stood by helplessly, unable to do anything without the necessary drugs and equipment. Zimbabwe was in the throes of a hyperinflationary meltdown. Basic sanitary services had collapsed, unleashing a cholera epidemic that would eventually claim thousands…

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MDC national organiser arrested

MDC national organiser arrested 9

Movement for Democratic Change national organising secretary Amos Chibaya has been arrested for failing to stop demonstrations which were organised by the party but were all subsequently banned by the police. The MDC had organised demonstrations in Harare set for 16 August, Bulawayo on Monday, Gweru on Tuesday, Masvingo on Wednesday and Mutare today. All were banned by the police either because they did not have enough manpower to ensure the demonstrations were peaceful or other citizens objected to the demonstrations fearing they would result in violence and destruction of…

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MDC has made the cardinal error of underrating ZANU-PF

MDC has made the cardinal error of underrating ZANU-PF 11

A writer who claims to have strongly believed that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change would be the answer to Zimbabwe’s problems if it came to power says he no longer believes so because if the party cannot organise a march effectively how can it possibly take on the vastly more complex task of governing a nation. Writing in the Zimbabwean, David Barber says the MDC has dismally failed the people and must not blame the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front for the present economic crisis but itself.…

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Mphoko appears in court, released on $1 000 bail

Mphoko appears in court, released on $1 000 bail 13

Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, who was reported to be on the run, appeared in court today facing charges of criminal abuse and was remanded to 4 September on $1 000 bail. He is accused of unlawfully instructing some junior police officers to release from cells, former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) acting chief executive, Moses Juma. Mphoko was asked to report to the CID Commercial Crimes Division in Bulawayo once a week. The former Vice-President said he did not want to be detained because he would be poisoned. (4…

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Zimbabwe still has a lot to fix

Zimbabwe still has a lot to fix 15

Zimbabwe’s rulers are finding that two decades of economic mismanagement and brutal repression have led them into a trap from which there’s little chance of escape. If they implement the political and democratic reforms needed to win the financial support the economy needs from international donors, they’re likely to lose the next election. If they don’t, their people, propelled by the extreme hardship brought about by austerity measures imposed by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, may remove them through an uprising. Already a currency devaluation has slashed the…

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Zimbabwe tells West to go hang- show some respect

Zimbabwe tells West to go hang- show some respect 17

Zimbabwe yesterday told the West to go hang after heads of missions from Western countries criticised the government over the way it handled demonstrations organised by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change last Friday. In a statement issued by the Heads of Mission of the Delegation of the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States of America, the Western countries said intimidation, harassment and physical attacks on human rights defenders, trade union and civil society representatives, and opposition politicians…

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Zimbabwe police ban fourth MDC demo, one more to go

Zimbabwe police ban fourth MDC demo, one more to go 19

Zimbabwe police have banned tomorrow’s demonstration in Masvingo by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change saying stakeholders who met the police today  did not support the demonstration, the fourth organised by the opposition. Police have banned three other demonstrations, starting with the Harare one on 16 August, the Bulawayo demonstration scheduled for yesterday as well as today’s in Gweru. Although some members of the opposition said they would appeal the ban, a party source said there were very little prospects of any of the remaining demonstrations being allowed. The source…

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