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Saturday, 8 September 2007

On the length of a Zimbabwean shopping queue...

"The shops near my home [Bulawayo] are completely bare - no food and no household products either. It's actually faster to travel to Livingstone for foodstuffs than to wait in the queues, which have no guarantee."

Quote from a Zimbabwean woman - BBC News article Zimbabwe collapse fuels cross-border trade .

8 comments:

  1. Right now, I treat everything coming from the BBC on this issue as suspect. Unless they start coming clean on their anti-Mugabe bias, they are just another rag.

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  2. The BBC are banned from Zimbabwe...they report from RSA.

    I don't think the BBC as organisation is biased, but I do find their reporters have what Andrew Marr calls a "liberal bias". Being an authoritarian centralist....I often switch over to FOX News for some conservative bias....just to balance things out..!!

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  3. The BBC are banned from Zimbabwe...they report from RSA.

    But they always seem to have people on the ground anyway.

    And they always ask the advice of John Robertson, who is based in Harare. And has a visceral hatred of anyone in ZANU-PF, if his interview in "Africa Have Your Say" is something to go by.

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  4. There lots of reporters at the moment in Zambia who are doing undercover work.

    The Times and the Telegraph are both reporting from inside Zimbabwe.

    And of course the big one - see the new blog.

    http://zambian-economist.blogspot.com/2007/09/zimbabwes-slow-death.html

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  5. i do not approve of any person purpoting to be my leader who is making me suffer.

    well he has all the life essentials but his people have none,to make matters worse he is only human and is busy watching out for himself and letting everyone be his slave.

    as someone would say "he didn't think this through" now he is faced with a starving people,a goal that is now worthless. the moment that land is gven to zimbabweans,they will have nothing to develop it with. if i was the british i would agree and come back after 5years to rebuy the land legally.just like the zambian situation.

    by the way do we own our money? the banks own our money and they inturn are owned by.......well good luck zimbabweans.

    this thinking has not changed in africa.look at zambia we chased all the white investors and now they have come back and our inflation is single digit.lets be honest with ourselves we are not investors but consumers.the fact is their for all to see,what history do we have of investors? when they make a little money what do they do. buy nice cars,send their children to expensive primary schools with no saving of college fees to finalise the process.

    look at our best farmers the southern province,their system is to marry many wives and have plenty children who in turn work for food.

    how many BLACK AFRICANS know how to pay themselves salaries even they are owners of the business?

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  6. i do not approve of any person purpoting to be my leader who is making me suffer.

    I guess you should have been there for the liberation struggle. :)

    Why are the MDC such wimps? It is all about convenience and taking the road of least resistance.

    Let the IMF do your economic policy. Privatise Zimbabwe's industries, parastatals and mines so foreigners can take care of them.

    well he has all the life essentials but his people have none,to make matters worse he is only human and is busy watching out for himself and letting everyone be his slave.

    That sounds like envy, not principle. You could make that argument for every neoliberal elite in Africa.

    You will be making that argument about the MDC. They are in it for the money, not principle.

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  7. i do not approve of any person purpoting to be my leader who is making me suffer.

    In fact, you could make that argument about Morgan Tsvangirai right now. He is, after all, calling for more sanctions against Zimbabwe.

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  8. MrK,

    "In fact, you could make that argument about Morgan Tsvangirai right now. He is, after all, calling for more sanctions against Zimbabwe."

    I don't think Tsvangirai bears as much responsibility for the current situation as Mugabe.

    Even if he called for more sanctions, the international community are unlikely to respond without their own independent assessment.

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