‘Zim in gridlock under ED’

Source: ‘Zim in gridlock under ED’ | Newsday (News) THE ruling Zanu PF has failed to deal with Zimbabwe’s multifaceted crisis as the socio-economic situation continues to deteriorate since 2018 elections, a survey has shown. BY MOSES MATENGA According to a report on citizens’ perceptions and expectations titled Dancing on the Same Spot by SIVIO […]

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THE ruling Zanu PF has failed to deal with Zimbabwe’s multifaceted crisis as the socio-economic situation continues to deteriorate since 2018 elections, a survey has shown.

BY MOSES MATENGA

According to a report on citizens’ perceptions and expectations titled Dancing on the Same Spot by SIVIO Institute, an independent organisation focused on ensuring that citizens are at the centre of processes of economic-political-social and policy change, the socio-economic crisis has worsened with no prospects of a turnaround in the immediate future.

It noted that the opposition MDC Alliance has also failed to deliver on its promises in local authorities they run, but added that the opposition party has continuously shifted the blame on Zanu PF, accusing the governing party of interference.

SIVIO Institute interviewed Zimbabweans between the ages of 18 and 65 and the findings showed that people were “disappointed”.

“In the period leading to the 2018 general elections Zimbabweans were subjected to a frenzy of promises on how different political parties, if elected, would change their circumstance. We have been tracking how the promises made by Zanu PF during the elections have been converted into policy programmes,” the report read.

The nation-wide survey was carried out in November and December 2019.

“The findings suggest a general sense of despondency and disappointment with both local authorities and central government. There is no single area that one can identify as possible cases of best practice. In the meantime, the socio-economic conditions have worsened across the country exacerbated by the poor rains which negatively affected agriculture.

“Politically, the country remains in gridlock since the July 30, 2018 elections. The main opposition party continues to raise the illegitimacy of the current President based on claims that the elections were rigged,” the report further read.

“There continues to be growing country risk factors associated with perceived and real lack of adherence to human rights standards required under both domestic constitutional imperatives and State obligations under international human rights law. Repeated scenes of post-election violent reprisals to national protests effectively nullify the potency in the narrative of ‘the new dawn’ as various pockets of the political and civic community have been on the receiving end of brute force from law enforcement agencies since August 1, 2018.”

The report said the violent attacks on protesters in August 2018 and January 2019 by the military also negatively affected the government’s reputation before they had even settled down.

“The failure to account for public resources such as the debacle around the US$3 billion lost through Command Agriculture has also served to fuel thinking that nothing has changed in terms of public accountability. This government still has a lot of work to convince its own citizens and also the international community that they are actually about reforms and turning around the fortunes of the countries,” the report read.

“There is no good news coming out of Zimbabwe at the moment,” the report read, adding that corruption, political instabilit,y among other issues, remain a challenge in the country.

“The bromance between citizens and the ‘new’ leadership in Zanu PF seems to have quickly died down and, in its place, we have returned to high levels of mistrust and a gridlock on how to proceed.

The major parties have defaulted to blame shifting- Zanu PF seems to be shifting all the blame on sanctions. The MDC Alliance is also not taking responsibility for the challenges on delivering the smart cities promise, the mantra has shifted to- ‘it is all because of Zanu meddling’.”

SIVIO Institute added: “There is an old saying, ‘the more things change the more they remain the same’. Despite all this, citizens still expect the messiah (government) to come and rescue them and office holders continue to make promises as if there is an appointed day when all the promises made will, through some form of magic or miraculous act; turn into tangible actions for the benefit of citizens. Yet, the multiple forms of the socio-economic crises continue to deepen, leading others to yearn for the previous era.”

But Zanu PF information director Tafadzwa Mugwadi said: “The capacity of Zanu PF and its progress with regards to the implementation of the imperatives set out in the people’s manifesto of 2018 cannot be evaluated by bogus organisations, but by our people and leadership together.

“The progress that we have registered thus far is unmatched compared to the past. The activities on our roads in terms of dualisation, rehabilitation of industries that had died and the coming in of new ones, the political and economic reforms currently on-going, the Parliament project that is nearing completion, the national dialogue process and the relaxation of some aspects of sanctions shows that indeed, we are on course to fulfil our manifesto. We, however, take note of the challenges we have faced along the way, chief among them being sanctions, climate change and a weaponised opposition grouping that has always been desperate to reverse these significant gains by way of bastardising the nation’s image globally through spreading falsehoods.”

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AMHVoices: COVID-19: A blessing in disguise for Zim health sector 

Source: AMHVoices: COVID-19: A blessing in disguise for Zim health sector – NewsDay Zimbabwe CORONAVIRUS is real and for sure. Today, the whole world is grappling with this deadly pandemic. By Tarirai Gwapedza, Our Reader This has seen many countries worldwide recording a huge loss of lives. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has prescribed several […]

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Source: AMHVoices: COVID-19: A blessing in disguise for Zim health sector – NewsDay Zimbabwe

CORONAVIRUS is real and for sure. Today, the whole world is grappling with this deadly pandemic.

By Tarirai Gwapedza, Our Reader

This has seen many countries worldwide recording a huge loss of lives. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has prescribed several measures to be implemented by each and every country to try and reduce the spread of the pandemic.

The pandemic has seen large and small economies nearly coming to a halt. Every government is trying by all means to minimise or tame the spread of COVID-19.

Alas! Zimbabwe has not been spared by this pandemic. Several infections and deaths have been recorded though currently marginal.

The government is also grappling with the deadly pandemic and trying to implement the WHO-prescribed measures to curb the spread of the disease, hence the national lockdown.

Of all government sectors/departments, it is the health sector that has been seen walking tall during these trying times.

In Zimbabwe, the health sector has been the worst affected of all sectors by economic woes.
Most of the elite have been seen travelling overseas to seek medical treatment because the public health sector is in shambles.

However, with the emerging of the coronavirus, we are seeing the government of Zimbabwe sprucing all corners of the health sector to ensure the sector is breathing again.

WHO, the Jack Ma Foundation, Econet Wireless, Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe and Sakunda Holdings, to mention but a few, have come to the rescue of the health sector.

Non-governmental organisations, private sector organisations, universities, other tertiary institutions, churches and individuals come with donations and innovations to help fight COVID-19.

The most notable government effort is the revitalisation of ghost health institutions. All provinces have been seen trying to revamp the health facilities available and even creating more treatment and isolation centres.

We have seen the upgrading of Wilkins Hospital, the resuscitation of Ekusileni Medical Centre (the brainchild of the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo) as a COVID-19 isolation centre, the revamping of St Annes Hospital and the Rock Foundation Medical Centre (formerly owned by jailed former Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke) to mention but a few.

We have seen the distribution of rapid results test kits to various provincial medical centres.

Several if not all health facilities in Zimbabwe have been in horrible state, thus seeing the elite seeking medical treatment abroad.

Now that all borders are closed and travel banned, frantic efforts are being made to avail medical facilities locally.

The most commendable are the healthcare workers who are working around the clock to ensure the safety of the nation.

These, being the frontliners, should be equipped with proper and adequate personal protective equipment.

If Zimbabweans continue to work with the pace and spirit which we are fighting the coronavirus, which transcends the political divide, I foresee Zimbabwe being an awakening giant.

All we need as Zimbabweans is unity of purpose, political will and good policies that can be implemented. Now the ball is in every Zimbabwean’s hand.

The spirit we have shown in fighting COVID-19 should be seen to apply to all sectors of the economy post lockdown.

Today, Zimbabwe needs the Biblical “Bezalels” as well as “Pauls” to extend the boundaries of the economy. Remember that: “United we stand, divided we fall.”

Thumbs up to all healthcare workers and the generality of Zimbabwe for continuing to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.

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AU chair calls for sanctions relief for Sudan, Zimbabwe

Source: AU chair calls for sanctions relief for Sudan, Zimbabwe – Anadolu Agency Ramaphosa calls for end of oppression of Palestinians, freedom for their homeland JOHANNESBURG – The chairman of the African Union, who is also the president of South Africa on Monday, called for the unconditional lifting of sanctions on Sudan and Zimbabwe. “As we […]

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Ramaphosa calls for end of oppression of Palestinians, freedom for their homeland

AU chair calls for sanctions relief for Sudan, Zimbabwe

JOHANNESBURG – The chairman of the African Union, who is also the president of South Africa on Monday, called for the unconditional lifting of sanctions on Sudan and Zimbabwe.

“As we deal with the impact of this [novel coronavirus] pandemic, we repeat our call for the unconditional lifting of sanctions that have been imposed on Zimbabwe and Sudan,” Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address marking Africa Day.

The US has sanctions imposed on Sudan, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism, while Zimbabwe was sanctioned for rights abuses and irregular elections during the leadership of late President Robert Mugabe.

As a result of the sanctions, the two African countries cannot access much-needed aid to fight COVID-19 and purchase medical supplies. About 96,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 in Africa and almost 3,000 have died.

Ramaphosa also called on developed countries, multilateral institutions and donors to provide vulnerable countries — especially in Africa — with the necessary support in the form of diagnostic and therapeutic medical supplies.

He also said they could assist with the necessary financial support to sustain the livelihoods of vulnerable people.

“We repeat our call for a comprehensive, robust economic stimulus package for Africa that includes debt relief and other support measures for the continent’s immediate humanitarian needs and necessary economic recovery,” he appealed.

Ramaphosa urged African leaders to ensure that the pandemic did not reverse developmental gains.

“We must not under any circumstances allow this global health emergency to derail our efforts to silence the guns on the continent,” He said.

Ramaphosa said tragic conflicts must end as they destabilized a number of African countries and exacted a heavy toll on human life.

“We must continue to affirm the supremacy of dialogue over military intervention,” he said.

Ramaphosa added that as Africans, they would continue to stand on the side of justice and called for an end of the oppression of the Palestinian people and occupation of their homeland.

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COP LEFT FOR DEAD AFTER DATING GOLD DEALER’S WIFE

A KWEKWE gold dealer was on Monday arrested after he
assaulted a police officer in a dispute over a woman.

Nisbet Banda of Alarm 2 Mine, allegedly left Constable
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Dr Masiyiwa, who was recently appointed African Union’s
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DUTY ON FLOUR SUSPENDED

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regulations gazetted yesterday by Minister of Finance and Economic Development
Prof Mthuli Ncube.

Statutory Instrument 219…

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WHEN I WAS BRIBED BY CRICKET BOSSES

FORMER Zimbabwe national cricket team captain Tatenda Taibu
has made startling claims that he was offered money not to stand up for
players’ rights during his captaincy.

In an interview with ZBC’s Classic 263, Taibu called for
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WHEN I WAS BRIBED BY CRICKET BOSSES

FORMER Zimbabwe national cricket team captain Tatenda Taibu
has made startling claims that he was offered money not to stand up for
players’ rights during his captaincy.

In an interview with ZBC’s Classic 263, Taibu called for
change of Zimbabwe C…

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Service s…

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