PRI Reporter in Zimbabwe
She files an interesting report from there. Click here for the audio. Click here for the transcript.
Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Crisis,
The world as seen from the eyes of a Zimbabwean
The role of emergency powers in a democratic state is a different subject that requires its own assessment but in this column, I thought it would be useful as we critically evaluate the assertion that Jonathan Moyo and Gono are probably the two most important individuals in Zimbabwe who have sufficiently understood the power vacuum in Zanu PF to effectively and efficiently use Presidential Powers to undermine not only parliament but unconstitutionally undermine civil liberties in the name of national interest.Interesting theory.
Zimbabwe has run out of maize-meal, its main staple food, in yet another sign of a deepening crisis in the southern African country.Isn't it ironic?
In a stark reminder of how the gains of independence from Britain 26 years ago were fast eroding away, Zimbabweans woke up on Monday to celebrate Heroes Day holiday held in commemoration of fallen heroes of the liberation struggle, but with shops empty of maize-meal.
The chairman of the Zimbabwe Grain Millers Association (ZGMA) that groups private milling firms, Thembinkosi Ndlovu, said the countrywide shortage of maize-meal was because the state-owned Grain Marketing Board (GMB) had not supplied maize to millers because it did not have any in stock.
Tsitsi, 15, ran away from poverty and abuse in the Musana communal lands. She was lured into prostitution by her elder sister, who died of HIV/AIDS six months ago. Tsitsi started prostitution at the age of 14 after having been subjected to physical abuse by her father. She reported the matter to her mother, who accused her of lying. She later made a report to the police and her father was arrested. He is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for child abuse as well as cattle rustling.Read the rest here.
Tsitsi is one of the many teenage girls working for a group of men involved in vice. The men set targets that the girls have to make each night. If they fail to meet these targets, they are physically abused. In some cases, they have to rob their clients, in cahoots with the men, to make up the difference. The victims, most of them businessmen and respectable members of society, do not report the crime for fear of being identified.
Tsitsi was introduced to drugs and alcohol at the age of 14. She says prostitution is the easiest solution to find money.
Dhora rakadonha futi. Munofunga kuti mafuta anofambisa mota anotengwa nei? (The [Zim] dollar fell again. How do you think we pay for [imported] oil?Immediately after Gono announced the policy commuter omnibuses, the main mode of transportation within and between Zimbabwe's towns increased fares by 100 per cent blazing the trail for hundreds of other businesses to follow.
Deposits that exceed $100 million for individuals and $5 billion for corporates will require proof of source of funds and a Zimra clearance certification for tax payment for a transaction underpinning the cash.Therein lies the unheralded intent of the sudden changes. The goal of the new monetary policy is not to stimulate the languid economy: no, Gono wants to eradicate the formal economy's perceived worst enemy, the informal economy. It is evident from the policy pronouncement that Gono and a his coterie of assistants along Samora Machel Avenue have been planning how best they can ambush the informal market for months.
Where holders cannot prove legitimate sources of funds, the cash will be deposited into Anti-Money Laundering Zero Coupon Bonds (AMOLAZEBO), with a minimum tenor of two years.
The owner of the cash will hold the bonds pending investigations and clearance with Zimra, after which they will then be redeemed at face value.
However, those who prove their funds to be legitimate after they are locked up in the bonds, will receive interest at the prevailing Treasury Bill rates.