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Zimbabwe: ZANU-PF – Press Statement (06.12.2019)

Zimbabwe: Press Statement on targeted subsidies on roller meal (05.12.2019)

Zimbabwe: SHDA – The State of Incapacitation of the Public Healthcare System (04.12.2019)

 

 

Opinion: Mnangagwa is crying crocodile tears now

For structures to work, those of us who put them should respect them, especially when they pass a ruling. I am now going to politics: We had our elections, after those elections, you don’t tell yourself that you have won. Other people are the ones who name the winner. If you enter a race … and you run the race and you get to the finish line, you don’t go there and say it’s me who won, there are other people who announce the winner … these are the institutions that regulate how people live in the country. Now when you can’t listen to the institutions, you will have disobeyed God, because he is a God of order” – President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa on the 2nd December 2019

This President and Head of State is something else, instead of actually acting supreme and delivering to the public. His bitching because the Movement of Democratic Change – Alliance (MDC-A) Nelson Chamisa and his opposition party haven’t legitimized President Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). Seriously after the election in 2018 and the November Coup d’etat in 2017.

Still, the former Lacoste and handler of Mugabe needs the blessing of Chamisa. Who would know the ego of this man is like this. Surely, its not enough that his forces sends soldiers and police officers to the venues of the MDC. That they block, arrests and silence the opposition. Hurt civilians and oppress the opposition.

Mnangagwa should know this, his continuing the ZANU-PF ways of going after activists and opposition leaders. It fires doctors doing industrial action against the incapacitation of the health workers in the Republic. Over 90 days without a decent salary, as the economy is tanking and the financial policies not working. The raising inflations, the lack of stable currency and lack of foreign exchange.

Still, all Mnangagwa does is complain that Chamisa doesn’t love him. Chamisa is supposed to have a man-crush on Emmerson. I’m just kidding, but that is how it seems to be. This coming from the same head of state, that sent soldiers to the streets and killed civilians for supporting Chamisa in the Post-Election timeline. After that put the blame on Chamisa and even made the MOPO Act to control the opposition ways of demonstrating and easier to block these. In effect, being worse than his predecessor.

Still, Mnangagwa is saying Chamisa should say: “Mnangagwa is ruling by the honour of the Gods, the grandest and highest servant of the angels from Heaven. The man whose ruling the Republic with the mercy and the salvation of Christ. The man whose reign I shall bless, because Gods says so”.

Well, that will not happen. Neither, is the President acting Godly, worried about the subjects of the state, the citizens nor their well-being, as the state is depleted, the state is broken and the lack of due diligence is everywhere. Instead of securing the basics, like food, shelter and goods, the state is hiring private planes and spending fortunes on “Command Agriculture”. That is just the merciful acts of Mnangagwa.

A man who came by the gun, who will die by the gun and who will automatically expect people’s loyalty. Even when its not deserved or something earned. His only fortune, expect for money is fear. The levels of fear and intimidation is at another level. The President who uses the military and police to monitor and control its enemies, will default at one point or another. The police state and the lack of rule law, will sooner or later haunt this administration.

Mnangagwa might claim its his “God-Given” right to rule, however, that was given to him by the army and loyal allies within the Lacoste. It wasn’t given to him by the Saints nor any of the Angels of the Heavens. No, it was the guns and the will of the army. That shall not be forgotten.

Mnangagwa better cry his crocodile tears. He will not get the stamp of approval from Chamisa. His party headquarters are raided, his fellow allies arrested and so-on. There is nothing the state doesn’t do. Therefore, to ask Chamisa is insane and foolish. It is weak tea and shows that Emmerson needs a ego boost. Because, he knows his fate to rule isn’t forever. That’s why his renaming himself and getting his name on streets. Something he can leave behind, because he cannot leave a legacy of greatness. Since the is none.

The tears might hit his chin, but don’t feel sorry for the man. Feel sorry for all the people struggling to get health care, all the citizens who lacks water, all the citizens who cannot afford basic commodities and who also suffering with their food security. It all because of this man, a man who thinks he should get all glory, but that will not be his story. His acts and together with ZANU-PF will be remembered for everything else. No propaganda can overshadow the grim and dark situation the Republic is in. It is just a matter of time, before he reality hits the upper-echelon and the tragedies get viral. Than, the President cannot beg anyone in his Republic, but he has to go begging abroad to save his ass. Peace.

World Food Programme expands emergency operation in Zimbabwe as drought and economic hardship plunge millions into hunger (03.12.2019)

Funds are required immediately if WFP is to meet the growing needs of the hardest-hit Zimbabweans.

HARARE, Zimbabwe, December 3, 2019 – The World Food Programme (WFP) is rapidly expanding an already sizeable emergency operation in Zimbabwe where drought, flooding and macro-economic meltdown have plunged 7.7 million people – half the population – into severe hunger.Funds are required immediately if WFP is to meet the growing needs of the hardest-hit Zimbabweans.  It plans to more than double the number of people it is helping by January to 4.1 million, providing life-saving rations of cereal, pulses and vegetable oil and a protective nutrition ration for children under 5 years of age.

“We’re deep into a vicious cycle of sky-rocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest and will be tough to break,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “With poor rains forecast yet again in the run-up to the main harvest in April, the scale of hunger in the country is going to get worse before it gets better.”

Zimbabwe’s hunger crisis – the worst for more than a decade – is part of an unprecedented climate-driven disaster gripping southern Africa. Temperatures in the region are rising at more than twice the average global rate and ever more erratic rainy seasons are hitting the country’s subsistence farmers hard.

The crisis is being exacerbated by a dire shortage of foreign currency, runaway inflation, mounting unemployment, lack of fuel, prolonged power outages and large-scale livestock losses, afflicting urban residents and rural villagers alike.

WFP’s planned scale-up is a huge logistical undertaking, with the limited availability of Zimbabwean dollars and surging prices for basics presaging a near wholesale switch from cash assistance to food distributions.

It envisages the sourcing, purchase and delivery to the land-locked country of more than 240,000 metric tons of commodities through June, a challenge all the more daunting because drought and flooding have eroded food supplies across much of Africa.

An estimated US$293 million is required for WFP’s emergency response with less than 30 percent of that sum secured.

“We must not let our immediate focus on emergency aid distract us from investing in the resilience programs that will help chronically hungry people cope with the ever-more severe impacts of erratic weather,” Beasley said. “We urge the international community to step up funding to address the root causes of long-term hunger in Zimbabwe.” 

Zimbabwe: Press Statement on Fake News Article Circulating on Social Media (02.12.2019)

Zimbabwe: SHDA Press Statement (01.12.2019)

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association Update Statement (29.11.2019)

Zimbabwe: ZRP letter to ZHLR – Re: Notification of a March by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights on 29 November from High Court of Zimbabwe to Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage at Mukwati Building and to the Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police at Police Headquarters (28.11.2019)

Once the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe now on brink of man-made starvation, UN rights expert warns (28.11.2019)

GENEVA / HARARE (28 November 2019) – Despite the constitutional protection of the right to food and a sophisticated set of human-rights based national laws and policies, man-made starvation is slowly making its way in Zimbabwe, said the UN expert of the right to food after visiting the country from 18 to 28 November 2019.

“More than 60% of the population of a country once seen as the breadbasket of Africa is now considered food-insecure, with most households unable to obtain enough food to meet basic needs due to hyperinflation,” said Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, presenting a preliminary statement at the end of an 11-day visit.

“In rural areas, a staggering 5.5 million people are currently facing food insecurity, as poor rains and erratic weather patterns are impacting harvests and livelihoods. In urban areas, an estimated 2.2 million people are food-insecure and lack access to minimum public services, including health and safe water.

“These are shocking figures and the crisis continues to worsen due to poverty and high unemployment, widespread corruption, severe price instabilities, lack of purchasing power, poor agricultural productivity, natural disasters, recurrent droughts and unilateral economic sanctions.”

Elver said women and children were bearing the brunt of the crisis.

“The majority of the children I met were stunted and underweight,” she said. “Child deaths from severe malnutrition have been rising in the past few months. 90 % of Zimbabwean children aged six months to two years are not consuming the minimum acceptable diet.

“I saw the ravaging effects of malnutrition on infants deprived of breast feeding because of their own mothers’ lack of access to adequate food.

“In a desperate effort to find alternative means of livelihood, some women and children are resorting to coping mechanisms that violate their most fundamental human rights and freedoms. As a result, school drop-outs, early marriage, domestic violence, prostitution and sexual exploitation are on the rise throughout Zimbabwe.”

Elver said people she met in the drought-affected areas of Masvingo and Mwenezi, located in the driest regions of the country, told her they ate only one portion of cooked maize a day. Women, the elderly and children are barely able to meet their minimum food needs and are largely dependent on food assistance, while most of the men are abroad seeking work, she added.

“Without access to a diversified and nutritious diet, rural Zimbabweans, particularly younger children, barely survive,” she said, adding that the agricultural and food system needs immediate reform.

“I strongly urge the Government to take the necessary measures to reduce the country’s dependence on imported food, particularly maize, and to support alternative wheats to diversify the diet. The Government should create the conditions for the production of traditional seeds to ensure the country’s self-sufficiency and preparedness for the climate shocks that hit the country.”

The Special Rapporteur said the crisis in Zimbabwe’s cities was no less severe than in rural areas.

“I witnessed some of the devastating consequences of the acute economic crisis in the streets of Harare, with people waiting for hours on long lines in front of gas stations, banks, and water dispensaries,” she said.

“The Zimbabweans I spoke to in Harare and its suburbs explained that even if food was widely available in markets, the erosion of their incomes combined with an inflation skyrocketing to over 490%, made them suffer from food insecurity, also impacting the middle-class.

Elver also said that she received “disturbing” information that public hospitals have been reaching out to humanitarian organizations after their own medicine and food stocks were exhausted.

Elver also received indication that the distribution of lands or food had been manipulated for political ends throughout the last two decades, favoring those who support the ruling political party.

“I call on the Government of Zimbabwe to live up to its zero hunger commitment without any discrimination,” Elver said.

Zimbabwe counts amongst the four highest food insecure States, alongside conflict ravaged countries, the expert noted.

“A Government official I met in Harare told me that ‘Food security is national security’. Never has this been truer than in today’s Zimbabwe.

“As food insecurity and land mismanagement increase the risks of civil unrest, I urgently call on the Government, all political parties and the international community to come together to put an end to this spiraling crisis before it morphs into a full-blown conflict.

“Steps could be taken at the national level to respect, protect and fulfill the Government’s human rights obligations, and internationally, by putting an end to all economic sanctions. The extraordinarily resilient people of Zimbabwe deserve no less.”

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