Zimbabweans have said that they feel disillusioned and they also regret ever marching against the former president, Robert Mugabe whom they now say was better than President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Citizens had high hopes that President Mnangagwa who took over from Mugabe in 2017 would quickly address socio-economic and political crises. The status quo, however, suggests that the country would be in this messy for a little longer than expected.
Among other issues, the country has a huge deficit in fuel, medicines, food and electricity. These coupled with the soaring inflation, have affected every sector of the economy including the agriculture, health, education, mining and business.
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A nine-year-old pupil, Lionel Mavhura, who was seen by the Herald reading using a candle on the roadside said:
I am writing exams tomorrow, this is the only way I can study otherwise I will fail.
Power cuts have forced businesses including big companies like Econet Wireless to resort to using generators which are also proving to be unsustainable considering that fuel is both scarce and expensive.
In an endeavour to ease the hardships on citizens, the government heavily subsidised the transport, water, and energy sectors. As noted by management expert, Simon Bere, the move will worsen scarcity of commodities.
Workers’ representatives are lamenting over the soaring inflation which they say has eroded their salaries.
Meanwhile, Energy Mutodi, the government spokesman, said that the government just needs more time as it is addressing issues which are deeply rooted.
More: Herald Online