No festive cheer for Zimbabweans

Harare - Zimbabweans say they are facing bleak holidays this year amid rising poverty, food and cash shortages and political uncertainty, with some describing it as the worst since the formation of the coalition government in this southern African nation.

President Robert Mugabe, in a four-year-old coalition with former opposition leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, announced an extra public holiday Monday that has created chaos for holiday shoppers and travelers. Banks have closed, ATMs have run out of cash and transport services have been paralyzed.

With unemployment at 80 percent, many Zimbabweans have little to celebrate. This caps a year of political uncertainty, a deadlock in constitutional reforms and calls for elections in coming months, seen as critical for Mugabe, 88, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.
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Winifred Watson 2012-12-24 06:13:40 PM
This is what happens to a country when the government is corrupt and turns into a dictatorship. The elite mafia conntected to mad bob are all well off, same as current situation with zuma. Who suffers, only the people in the street. Mad Bob and Disgrace rolling in money while there people starve. Chasing away the farmers and business people and the investors look at what has happened. It is only south africa that keeping lending (giving) them money otherwise mad bob would be clawing at the feet of the west. Come next elections, same people will vote for mad bob again. What is wrong with people when they are scared to change their vote, surely it can only be for the better. Must all be simple minded. They would rather suffer, starve to death than vote for another party. Eish
Theuns Jacobs 2012-12-25 07:14:08 AM
shame i feel so sorry for hungry bob...must be really bad to have all those millions in switzerland, and u can use it in your own country! keep voting for him idiots...i see the same happening in sa!
Leonard Olley 2012-12-25 08:41:46 AM
If God was just he would give Zimbabwe the death of Mugabe as a gift
Steven Melville Armour 2012-12-25 09:02:42 AM
Somebody should help nature along here...Guess the message
Tim Safak 2012-12-25 08:48:42 PM
i hope the s a politicians learns from their mistakes?
Vernon Scott 2012-12-26 12:41:47 AM
Bob needs to go
Brendon Lezar 2012-12-27 03:13:46 AM
A prime example of what happens to a country when Zuma's approach of "dealing with African problems in an African manner".....
Phil Matsinhe 2012-12-27 11:43:03 AM
you write bad thngs abt zimbabwe again
Debbie Ryan 2012-12-27 12:56:47 PM
Mugabe has NOT ruled since British Independance ... Mugagabe is the 2ND black president - Bishop Abel Musurewa was the 1st!!!!! why does anyone know the correct history!!!!!!!!!!!
Debbie Ryan 2012-12-27 12:59:52 PM
Mugabe is only THERE to steal and plunge the Zim economy is INTO CHAOS - he does this EVERYTIME before elections to starve people into voting for food for him! when is he going to be TRIED for on humanitarian grounds???