Drama engulfed this week as the President fired his long-time ally, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa from government for allegedly “consistently and persistently exhibiting traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability”. Mnangagwa’s firing came at a time the ruling party is in serious factional war as individuals and groupings within the party fight over who’s going to succeed Mugabe.
Last week Kenya held it’s runoff after the Supreme Court nullified the results of the August polls citing a lot of results, a decision that shocked the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta. However, despite the withdrawal of the NASSA presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, from the electoral race, the Jubilee Party went on to declare itself the winner.
After significant strides across sub-Saharan Africa over the past quarter-century, there is now a deterioration in the macroeconomic health of many countries, warns Abebe Aemro Selassie, director of the African Department of the International Monetary Fund.
In Zimbabwe most young people are still struggling to understand the importance of independence especially in an environment where state power and means of production still remains in the hands of the minority.
Despite the economic stress and the ballooning unemployment in the country young people and women have turned to entrepreneurship. Backyard industries have mushroomed in most high density suburbs, and women are seen crushing stones for survival in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza. This week we had a chat with some backyard entrepreneurs in Chitungwiza and Dzivarasekwa and their stories fascinating as they are tell a lot about the government’s failure to resuscitate the economy.
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