There seems no end to the haemorrage of professionals from Zimbabwe. Tonderai has just packed his bags and found himself in neighbouring South Africa and uis currently assessing things with a view to permanently leaving his homeland. He warns that unless there is a new constitution in place, we can have elections everyday if we wanted, and NOTHING would change!
Moosa Kasimonje from The Just Children Foundation is back chatting to Mandisa, the subject being his opinion on how the system is failing abused and displaced children. An example being, that since independence no new government children’s homes have been built, and with private facilities like his being full to capacity children are being abandoned in the streets.http://www.2bctnd.net/swradioafrica/podcasts/06/callback020607.mp3
Bulawayo runs out of cash
The countryâ€™s second largest city Bulawayo has run out of cash as the economy rushes towards total collapse. Government mismanagement has plunged the nation into a hyperinflationary spiral, bringing the economy to its knees.
Top MDC official fighting for life in remand prison
The MDCâ€™s deputy national organising secretary Morgan Komichi, is battling for life in remand prison as authorities continue to block him from receiving specialist medical treatment.Harare Magistrate Gloria Takundwa ordered Komichi to be taken straight back to a prison hospital when he appeared for a remand hearing on Friday.
Students consider rival union after â€˜shamâ€™ elections at UZ
The rigging of elections by Zimbabweâ€™s Registrar General seems to have rubbed off onto student council elections at the University of Zimbabwe a week ago. Following accusations of double voting and the use of riot police to intimidate voters, progressive student leaders at the university are said to be contemplating the formation of a rival union to represent students.
Junior doctors strike over poor salaries
Junior doctors from the countryâ€™s government hospitals began an official strike Friday over low salaries. This is the second strike in 6 months although they have also been engaging in on and off small-scale strikes inbetween. Amon Siveregi who heads the Hospital Doctors Association told journalists that the strike was now in full swing and that general hands in the hospitals had also joined in.
ICC blocks Zimbabweâ€™s return to Test cricket
The Zimbabwe Cricketâ€™s decision to withdraw from Test matches last year has backfired after the International Cricket Council ruled that they have to improve before they are allowed back to the Test arena.
Taurai speaks to Mandisa from the UK. He, like so many Zimbabweans was so disgusted by the events of March 11th that he felt compelled to write expressing his anger and disgust to several MP’s here in the UK. Surprisingly, he did get a response, and he got a lot more than he had actually bargained on.
Svikiro is an artisan from Manicaland who has made South Africa his home for the last few years. He does not see himself going back to Zimbabwe any day soon as long as “Bob” is still calling the shots, and implores his conuntrymen and women to wage an effective resistance against the continued misrule of ZANU PF.
WithÂ Mandisa & John
Â Tsvangirai and Mutambara in SA for talks with Mbeki
The leaders of the two factions of the MDC travelled quietly to South Africa on Tuesday for talks with the SADC appointed mediator on the Zimbabwe crisis, President Thabo Mbeki. MDC Presidents Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara left the country for Pretoria together and have said they will present one candidate for the presidential elections, a sign that they are united.
Â MDC election chief out on bail
The MDCâ€™s director of elections Ian Makone will be back in court on Friday for a remand hearing, two days after he was released from political detention facing charges of allegedly recruiting and training terrorists. Makone was granted bail Wednesday by High Court Judge Tedious Karwi who lavished praise on him before releasing him on Z$150 million bail.
Zimbabwe Dollar slides to record low on parallel market
The dollar set a new milestone on Thursday with most parallel market dealers paying Z$105 000 for one British pound. What is more startling is the fact that 3 zeroes were removed from the currency by the Central Bank last year and if these were added back, itâ€™s Z$105 million buying one pound. These rates translate into skyrocketing prices for ordinary people.
Shocking bus fare and bread price increases
Price increases are not new to Zimbabweans as they happen daily in these times of hyperinflation. But the latest round of increases are truly worrying. From Harare our correspondent reports that bus fares to the central business district from Chitungwiza now cost Z$30,000 up from Z$7,000. A trip from Mabvuku is now Z$25, 000, up from Z$5,000.
Max Mnkandla is President of the Zimbabwe War Liberators Peace Initiative. Like most Zimbabweans, he is not immune from the day to day problems of keeping body and soul together. He chats to John from a petrol queue where he has been stuck for hours.
Ranjisi is ex army and he has observed that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces are nothing short of a shadow of their former glory. He tells Mandisa that personnel are underpaid, underfed, poorly resourced and morale is rock bottom. And to top it all, the public no longer regard them with respect.