By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
21 January 2014
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s speech on the deepening political and economic problems facing the country has been postponed to Thursday.
The opposition leader deferred his alternative state of the nation address as a mark of respect to President Robert Mugabe, who lost his sister Bridget on Saturday, who died after a long illness. Tsvangirai on Monday sent his condolences to the first family, according to his spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka.
Once described as a jewel in Africa the country’s economy has undergone a meltdown in just under six months since ZANU PF won the elections, that the opposition claims were rigged.
The state of the economy that had improved during the period of the inclusive government has taken a knock again, amid fears ZANU PF cannot solve the crisis alone.
There won’t be much foreign aid to help ease the crisis as western donors and international financial institutions are yet to re-engage with the government following over a decade of hostilities.