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STOCKING UP: People buying foodstuffs in bulk (file pic by DW)

Zimbos seem to be quick to press the panic button but who can blame them.

Having experienced acute shortages of basic commodities, hyperinflation and skyrocketing food prices, we can be forgiven for always been on high alert when things start disappearing from the shelves.

Since the Constitutional Court ruling last week endorsing President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory, prices of commodities have been going up while some items have been in short supply.

During campaigning in the build up to July 30 elections we were told that cash shortages would be a thing of the past.

However, the situation has actually gotten worse as people are being given more coins than notes.

I for one have on several occasions had to carry a heavy of load of 200 – 50 cent bond coins after withdrawing $100. from the bank.

And it looks like this trend is set to continue as the government seem clueless about how to fix the economy.

This reminds me of how opposition leaders and supporters always throw jabs at Zanu PF by saying, “You can rig the election but you can’t rig the economy!” because clearly they are ‘seeing dust’ in trying to make things right.

Fuel queues are also resurfacing, bringing back memories of the dark days of yesteryear when motorists had to spend days, if not weeks, stuck in queues.

Over the last couple of days, cement has been in short supply while shops that had it in stock were selling it at a much higher price.

Before the shortages, a 50kg bag of cement was going for between $10 and $11 (P100 – P110) but now it is being sold for no less than $14 (P140).

While the manufactures issued a statement this week saying there was no need to panic as the shortages will soon be a thing of the past, we know pretty well that this is just a statement on paper with no meaning – after all we have been there before!

Of course cement is not a basic commodity and shouldn’t be a major concern but the problem in our country is that when one commodity gets scarce, it signals the beginning of shortages of many things as well as price increases.

Manufactures and retailers will of course blame it on forex shortages and justifiable so because this has been the case for some time now.

The unfortunate thing is that the government as always will blame it on sanctions and sabotage by the opposition who are supposedly working with the West.

On issues that matter and are of concern to the public, the government will always find an excuse and a scapegoat yet they will always find the forex to fulfil their selfish needs.

Recently the government bought the latest Isuzu double cabs for chiefs so they remain partisan – as they have always been – yet there has been an outcry for ambulances and police trucks so that the police can attend timely to crime scenes.

The powers that be, as always, have ignored these cries because it appears to them these issues do not seem worth their attention.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Those sitting on the sidelines are also to blame like SADC and othe organisations they cannot event assist Refugees and Migrants . Is SADC assisting with the cholera epidemic that is threatening many lives or just waiting for international organisations to do the job?

  2. The Minister of Finance in Zimbabwe is reportedly crowdfunding for this cholera crisis ??????? when they had money to splash to charter a plane for this former First Lady Grace Mugabe amongst other things.
    Probably if it was these people at the top suffering from cholera Organisations like SADC would rush to their aid ???

  3. “Meanwhile, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has sent out a begging bowl to citizens asking for donations to help fight the epidemic. ” at the same in South Africa there has been a xenophobic attack on a zimbabwean trader?????

  4. This is the description of the Private Jet that was chartered for this Mugabe Woman who together with her husband and many have caused untold miserty and was being pampered while the ordinary people are suffering from a cholera epidemic scurge and the minister of finance is crowdfunding after splashing on this jet “a new Gulfstream650 from Qatar that boasts an inflight entertainment centre where one can catch up on oness telemundo drama without noise engines and has massage seats”


  5. World Health Organisation Scales Up Response On Zim Cholera – International Media Reports
    September 14, 2018
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    The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up its response to an outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe, which is expanding quickly in Harare, the country’s capital with a population of more than two million people.

    Cholera is an acute waterborne diarrhoeal disease that is preventable if people have access to safe water and sanitation and practice good hygiene, but can kill within hours if left untreated. Authorities report that the outbreak began on 1 September in Harare and as of that date to 11 September, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reports that there have been nearly 2000 suspected cholera cases, including 58 confirmed cases and 24 deaths”

  6. this is another article that relates to SADC how members of civil society are left out and leaders to make decisions to cover their tracks

    ” Why there is no functioning southern African regional court and how former president Jacob Zuma’s actions contributed to the termination of the SADC Tribunal

    Former president Nelson Mandela once stated that “South Africa’s future foreign relations will be based on our belief that human rights should be the core concern of international relations.”

    This oration has been tested several times by successive governments of South Africa, including in the area of access to justice and legal remedies.

    With respect to the rights of citizens to access the court, South Africa’s participation in the decisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in 2011 and 2014 has put into question whether indeed South Africa’s foreign relations are based on the belief that human rights are at the core of the country’s international relations.

    It all began in August 2011 when the then president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma participated in the decision of the SADC Heads of State Summit to suspend the operations of the SADC Tribunal. The judges of the tribunal were relieved of their duties and the SADC Tribunal ceased to operate.

    Then in August 2014, the president together with the other SADC heads of states and government adopted a new protocol on the SADC Tribunal which limits the jurisdiction of the tribunal to inter-state disputes only. From a human rights perspective, this is a devastating blow to accountability in southern Africa.

    From its inception in 2001, the Tribunal has had the jurisdiction to hear complaints from both individuals and states. This means that individuals could approach the Tribunal to access relief when SADC Member States violated their human rights.

    Under its terms, the 2014 protocol must be signed and ratified by two-thirds of the SADC states. It has not reached the requisite number of ratifications and, therefore, is not yet in force. However, individuals are still prohibited from accessing the court as the Tribunal has been de facto suspended since 2011. It is no longer operational and there is no end in sight to this suspension. If the 2014 protocol was to enter into force, this would make the deprivation of individual access to the tribunal permanent.

    The lack of a functioning human rights court in southern Africa makes the region an anomaly on the African Continent. East Africa has the East African Court of Justice whereas West Africa has the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) Court of Justice which can both adjudicate issues related to fundamental rights although to different extents. With the SADC Tribunal suspended, southern Africa is left without such a mechanism, leaving SADC citizens without any regional court to hold states accountable for violations of human rights.”

  7. ” Zimbabwe, which was ruled by Robert Mugabe from independence in 1980 until his ousting last year, suffered its worst cholera outbreak in 2008.

    A total of 4,000 people died and at least 100,000 people fell ill.” this world is selfish to the ordinary people and yet the people be it leadership, Organisations who represent their interests turn a blind eye to their needs
    This selfish greedy woman gets a plane chartered for her they should be an outrage throughtout the continent

  8. “Thandeka Moyo, Health Reporter

    THREE people suspected to have Cholera have been quarantined in Bulawayo with the Ministry of Health and Child Care saying 28 people have since died from the water borne disease countrywide.

    More to follow…”

  9. Mind boggling the latest is the government is splashing out £20m on new vehicles for the new members of parliament following a shambolic election , there is a cholera epidemic, there is money to splash for a Chartered plane for a former first woman who is dubbed around the world as the FIRST SHOPPER, now this and the cholera scurge is going on. bet you some of it is aid money and the useless Minister of Finance is CROWDFUNDING for the epidemic.
    This SADC organisation needs to take a leaf from ECOWAS and not pretend at the end of the day in front of cameras to be doing somethiing for the ordinary people there needs to be a SHAKE UP at SADC

  10. This is the latest after wasting money on unneccessary items afte crowdfunding somewhere people must be cashing in on the cholera epidemic
    “Paidamoyo Chipunza, Innocent Ruwende, Harare Bureau
    Government has launched an appeal for $57 million to effectively contain the cholera outbreak that has so far killed 33 people and seen over 5 000 others seeking treatment for the same disease.

    Officially launching the appeal in Harare yesterday, chairperson of the inter-ministerial committee on cholera Cde July Moyo said the health sector requires at least $51 million to assist patients while local authorities require at least $6 million to be able to revamp sewer and water reticulation infrastructure in hotspots of Glen View and Budiriro.”
    They wan $57million when they have splashed aout $20million on new vehicles ” when the old vehicles could still be used ????


  11. South Africa issues cholera alert following outbreak in neighboring Zimbabwe
    17th September 2018 News Headlines

    By Xinhua

    CAPE TOWN: South Africa on Monday issued a cholera alert following an outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

    “There is a significant risk that travellers from the outbreak-affected area may present with cholera in South Africa,” the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said.

    Healthcare workers countrywide, especially those in Limpopo Province which borders Zimbabwe, should be on high alert for suspected cholera cases, the NICD said.

    It urged the public, especially those living in close proximity to the border with Zimbabwe, to use safe water and practice good hygiene to reduce the risk of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases.

    According to the government, more than 5,400 had been reported by Monday, including 30 deaths.

    The outbreak is linked to inadequate supply of safe piped water and subsequent use of unsafe water supplies, including boreholes and wells.

    As of Sept. 13, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of cholera in South Africa, the NICD said.”

  12. This is the other article on the chair person of the so called Inter-Ministral Committee with reference to th cholera epidemic

    “Barely a few weeks of Emmerson Mnangagwa’a office ordering ZESA to dish out $52 million to convicted fraudster Wicknel Chivayo (an addition to an earlier $7 million), government has launched an appeal for $57 million to fight cholera.

    Government has launched an appeal of at least $57 million to effectively contain the current cholera outbreak that has so far claimed 30 lives and left over 5 000 others under treatment.

    Officially launching the appeal in Harare yesterday, chairperson of the inter-ministerial committee on cholera Minister July Moyo said the health sector requires at least $51 million to assist a projection of 50 000 patients while local authorities require at least $6 million to be able to revamp sewer and water reticulation infrastructure in hotspots of Glen View and Budiriro.”
    Monies is dished out to convicted fraudster to add to the list of monies wasted and now they are BEGGING for more money ??

  13. “Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube Wednesday announced government still had a funding shortfall of $35.1 million from a budgeted total $64.1 million required to fight the current cholera outbreak that has claimed over 30 lives mostly from Harare.

    He was briefing the media while receiving private sector donations towards the controversial initiative.

    The Treasury boss said over half of the required budget was still to be mobilised.

    “In the short term, we need $25.4 million and in the medium term, a total of $ 34.9 million is needed while $3.7 million is needed in the long term,” he said.

    “To date, we have received $15.7 million from the government of Zimbabwe and $13.3 million from development partners and the private sector.

    “Resources mobilised to date of $29 million fully cover the requirement of $25.4 million.”

    Ncube noted that in terms of response areas to be covered by the fund, case management and infection prevention has a funding gap amounting to $14.7 million, water and sanitation ($4.5 million), Health and Hygiene Promotion ($1.2 million) while risk assessment in hot spots $14.7 million.

    Ncube said that cabinet has established an inter-ministerial committee to spearhead implementation of short and long term measures.

    It is made up of Ministries of Local Government, Health, Finance, Energy, Tourism, and Lands.

    “The private corporate sector, development and social partners, individuals including Zimbabweans in the diaspora are being called upon to provide both financial and non-financial assistance towards responding to the cholera outbreak,” he said.

    Ncube was asked why government sought funding from elsewhere when it was spending lavishly on expensive cars for Ministers and MPs.

    He responded, “The $15.7 million we received from government is a result of cuts in expenditures to prioritise the cholera fight.

    “The remaining funding gap is within the long term and this concept of crowd funding is not new. It was used in the United States soon after the September 11 bombing.

    “This makes it a voluntary mechanism to allow the members of the public to donate.”
    They are begging for money in $ not the useless Bond Note and everyone who has stolen money from the Coffers is walking around freely members of the public are Struggling and they are still BEGGING from them.

  14. This is just an example and it could be happening in many african countries
    “While investigation into the reported disappearance of US$16 billion as confirmed by Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, is yet underway, the government has restricted the movement of individuals who it believes can help solve the mystery of the lost containers.

    The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) by an executive mandate, in a press release yesterday, ordered all security apparatus, particularly the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), and the Liberia National Police (LNP) to ensure that former Central Bank Executive Governor, Milton Weeks and his deputy, Charles Sirleaf who is still employed at the CBL, do not leave the country until investigation into the mystery is completed.

    Weeks, who headed the CBL under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, has been declared a person of interest to the investigation along with his deputy, Charles Sirleaf, son of former President Sirleaf and thirteen other persons. “The Government takes the ongoing investigation seriously because it has National Security Implications,” the release said.

    The MICAT press release, signed by Minister Nagbe said “The Government has issued a security circular advising persons of interest who are required to assist with the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the importation of Liberian Dollar Banknotes into the country between November 2017 and August 2018 not to leave the country.”

  15. In the mean time ordinary people are being manhandled at the Zambian border because of the Cholera Epidemic which is curable and can be contained if resources are being put inthe right places
    “By Talent Gondo| Zimbabweans travelling into neighbouring Zambia have complained about the cholera screening process taking place at the Chirundu Border Post describing it as inhumane and undignified.

    The Zambian authorities are reportedly testing the stool of passengers travelling by bus for cholera giving them laxatives.

    This follows a cholera outbreak in Harare which has so far claimed 32 lives and affected over 7 000 people.

    Passengers were reportedly given laxatives in order to produce stool although none of the samples tested produced a positive result.

    Mashonaland West provincial medical director Dr Wenceslaus Nyamayaro confirmed the matter saying:

    “We have received the reports of travellers being screened at the border post and we have engaged our permanent secretary (Dr Gerald Gwinji) on the matter.

    The issue of people being given tablets to trigger bowel movement is a bit disturbing because we know that we cannot control cholera by shutting down the border but to encourage hygiene among our people.”

    Zambia has recorded 21 cases of cholera in its capital city, Lusaka, although there have been no deaths.-StateMedia”

  16. This is another case in Zambia
    “The UK has frozen aid funding to Zambia, after its government admitted that $4.3m (£3.3m) meant for poor families had gone missing.

    The move follows allegations of corruption within President Edgar Lungu’s administration.

    The UK takes a “zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption”, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) said in a statement.

    Ireland, Finland and Sweden have also suspended aid.”

  17. In the mean time in Zimbabwe there is a fuel shortage, the price of bread is about to rise again
    and in South Africa

    “SA: Asylum seekers say officials keep their passports until they buy tickets to Zimbabwe
    21st September 2018 News Headlines

    *This article is taken from GroundUp

    SOUTH Africa: Rejected asylum seekers have accused Home Affairs officials at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre at Marabastad, Pretoria, of refusing to return their passports unless they show a Zimbabwe-bound bus ticket first.

    According to Spiwe (name changed), who applied for asylum in 2016, hundreds of rejected refugee claimants have been ordered by Home Affairs to purchase bus tickets as a condition to obtain their passports.

    “Our passports are held as bondage,” says Spiwe. “We only get them back if we purchase an international bus ticket to Zimbabwe and show proof of the itinerary to Home Affairs officers … They gave us receipts to show our passports are held and demanded we return with bus tickets in hand.”

    Spiwe, who is from Harare and works as a dishwasher in a Johannesburg restaurant, says she is frightened to return to her home country. “It is against my will. There is a cholera disease outbreak. People have died, I fear to go back there,” she says.

    Her friend Jane (name changed) was also refused asylum and instructed to buy a deportation bus ticket. Jane suspects that the election win of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has motivated Home Affairs officials to declare Zimbabwe safe for refugees to return.”

    Because there seems to no assistance given to these ordinary people and because of fSADC recoginsing a Military Takeover which they should have not and at the sametime the ordinary people do not have an organisation to turn to

  18. “Bread Price Hike Sparks Concern in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabweans will pay 10% extra for a loaf of bread according to top food processor Innscor Africa Limited. This comes after the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe warned that the country will face shortages of bread due to low levels of wheat production.”
    So this Panic mode is the norm everyday for the ordinary person