Zim crisis deepens—Report

Zimbabwe’s political, economic and social crisis is deepening, according to the Zimbabwe Peace Project’s latest report.

Harare Municipal police destroy tables belonging to vendors operating at the corner of Julius Nyerere Way

Harare Municipal police destroy tables belonging to vendors operating at the corner of Julius Nyerere Way

“Zimbabwe continues to spiral into a crisis,” said ZPP.

The organisation said unemployment, destruction of citizen’s property and political squabbling as well as food insecurity were driving the crisis.

“The major conflict drivers being the rampant job losses across the country, demolition of houses, deepening inter and intra party conflict, the perpetual election mode as a result of by-elections and serious food deficits currently ravaging the country,” said the crisis monitoring project.

The Fragile States Index of 20151 ranks Zimbabwe in the “high alert” category at number 100.

Zimbabwe fared badly at most of the indices which pointed at severe poverty, economic decline, progressive deterioration of public service, violations of human rights and rise in factional fights.

Observers say the ruling Zanu (PF) is facing a major political challenge due to continued internal wars as various pockets of power jostle for President Robert Mugabe’s post in anticipation of his exit ahead of the 2018 general elections.

The opposition is also in turmoil due to splits and internal squabbles.

In July, government clamped down on urban vendors who have swamped the streets to eke out a living as job losses rise steeply.

Vendors in most of the major cities such as Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Masvingo had been issued with notices to vacate the streets and move to designated vending sites.

The vendors have, however, largely defied government orders, insisting that business is not viable at the suggested sites.

A study by the African Development Bank (AfDB) showed that youth unemployment is significantly associated with an increase in instability within a country.

ZPP also recorded a significant amount of human rights abuses.

Among the cases, on July 15, an MDC-T supporter from Muvhiza village in Mudzi North was displaced from the village by Zanu (PF) district chairperson Thomas Kamwanza for failing to provide his truck to ruling party youths travelling for a rally.

He was given 3 days’ notice to vacate the area and 50 litres of diesel were reportedly forcibly taken from him.

Goromonzi district ZIMRIGHTS chairperson Tapiwa Murima was arrested for voicing his concern against steep vending fees by the district administrator.

The business community in Uzumba was reportedly forced to pay $5 towards Heroes day celebrations in August by the district administrator, one Kadaira, and Zanu (PF) chairpersons Godfrey Chikono, Fungai Dembaremba and Shephard Mushamba.

“Intra-party conflict in Zanu (PF) was reported in Hwedza on allegations that the newly elected Hwedza North MP David Musabayana felt threatened by people who were close to the late MP Simon Musanhu. “It is alleged that the Hwedza South MP, Rosemary Goto is sponsoring an anti-Musabayana group to disrupt development projects initiated by Musabayana,” reported ZPP.

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