Rising prices a good sign – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary: 2nd January 2021 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 January 2021 12:43


The governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, John Mangudya, seems positively pleased with the latest price increases of basic commodities. He said they show the economy is not doing badly.


Dr Mangudya says: ‘The reason businesses are increasing prices is that people have money. If people did not have money they would not increase prices.’ (See:


This must be the clever thinking than earned Mangudya his doctorate. Coincidentally, it fits in with Comrade Mnangagwa’s rosy view of the past year, which he portrayed as a great leap forward.


Addressing the Zanu PF Central Committee, President Mnangagwa said: ‘Indisputable success continues to be scored in all sectors of our economy such as agriculture, mining and tourism, manufacturing, infrastructure development, education, health and cultural heritage’.


Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti of the MDC Alliance took a different view. He said 2020 had been a terrible year. ’No amount of side shows, spin or propaganda will detract from the fact that Zimbabwe is in a mess.’ (See:


The divisions in the opposition, fostered by the government, are causing the outside world to lose interest in Zimbabwe says long-time foreign observer Professor Stephen Chan of London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He said there was little prospect of Zanu PF and the opposition ‘finding each other’ in 2021. (See: https://dailynew


The United States government has been told not to waste millions of dollars trying to help reform Zimbabwe’s political processes, especially elections. A report presented to the upper house of Congress by Senator Rand Paul said the scheduled 2023 elections were are ‘already rigged’.


The report said: ‘Mr Mnangagwa’s opponents now fear he is more dangerous than his predecessor. In his first 21 months in office, Mnangagwa had already imprisoned more people for subversion than Mugabe did in 37 years’. (See:


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