President Mnangagwa is facing a difficult moment as crises continue to worsen. In addition to the shortage of fuel, soaring inflation that has eroded salaries, and the shortage of medicines in health facilities, the country is entering into winter without power.
This follows the recently imposed blackouts schedules by the Power utility Zesa Holdings which shall see industries and households going without electricity for up to eight hours per day. ZESA Holdings is attributing the power outages to low water levels at Kariba Dam which supplies water to the key Kariba South Power Station.
Sifelani Jabangwe, Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president said that the blackouts shall worsen an already undesirable situation. He further suggested that imports be increased since locally produced goods will be insufficient for the demand.
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To make matters worse, doctors and teachers at public institutions yesterday gave the government a half a month ultimatum to rectify issues regarding their salaries and working conditions. They are demanding salaries in United States dollars, among other benefits, or else they withdraw their services. They claim the salary adjustment awarded to them last month has already been eroded by the escalating cost of living.
Takavafira Zhou, president of the PTUZ and Obert Masaraure, leader of the Artuz said that they have written to the government demanding better salaries.
We have also written to President Mnangagwa, giving him about two weeks to respond. In the event that the two fail to meet our needs, we will down tools pending action.