The fiery seeds of discontent
EMPTY: Fuel tanks are running dry (Pic – Mail and Guardian)

I cringed (and cursed, much to my husband’s shock!) when I learnt that government is contemplating controlling prices of goods, mostly basic commodities.

The last time such was effected, it was a total disaster. Thus, I concur with those who say the government must back off.

Obviously as consumers we are affected by high costs and would appreciate any price reduction of goods. But when those products disappear from the shelves, then price controls should never be an option!

A few years ago, just before the hyper inflation era, the government set prices of goods and within a matter of days, shops were empty while the black market was awash with things that were no longer found in the shops.

Some things such as bread was no longer produced. For months many people appreciated that truly, man cannot live on bread alone.

So if the comments by the Trade Minister concerning ‘monitoring’ prices is anything to go by, then it will be yet another round of déjà vu.

Of course some goods can now be imported but this doesn’t mean every Jack and Jill can afford to buy things from outside.

Instead of trying to control what is beyond their control, the government, or rather the powers that be, should focus on getting the economy back to its feet so that there is enough foreign currency in the reserve bank for industries to access.

The failure to address these fundamental issues will result in the same problems recurring as is the situation now with regards to fuel.

Just when most thought fuel shortages had been addressed, long winding queues have resurfaced, leaving one to wonder if there will ever be a lasting solution to this problem.

The sad thing is that there seems to be lots of fighting at the top over control of the fuel sector with everyone wanting to line their pockets – fortunately those who fight and control this sector will obviously never find themselves in a fuel queue.

On a different note, the country is experiencing huge, unexplained fires in different places, prompting conspiracy theorists to come up with strange explanations, which is typical of Zimbos anyway as there is always an explanation to everything.

What is also fueling these explanations is that authorities are also not helping the situation as they are not forthcoming with information as to what could be causing the fires.

Major causes of fire, especially in buildings, is mostly electrical faults. In some occasions the situation has been made worse by fuel which is kept indoors, either by those who sell in the black market or for personal use.

In the major fire incident, 32 people were tragically burnt beyond recognition when the bus they were travelling in burst into flames. Word is that one of the passengers was carrying a gas tank which exploded resulting in the fire.

Back to theorists, the most bizarre explanation was that the fires were caused by former president Robert Mugabe’s anger over his ouster a year ago.

Putting the pieces together, they questioned why these fires were causing havoc at a time when the country was marking a year since the coup, talk of people living under Mugabe’s shadow!

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cheerful

The Fuel queues are just continuning like it is normal but very abnormal for a civilised country This is the latest article on the soldier who was abducted and refused to testify by this DISGRACEFUL Commission – It is not his fault that he was abducted- This Commission should have allowed the person to testify Heads need to roll at SADC for this incident inculding the Chief Executive and questions need to be raised at the regional level why it happened afterall this Commission was not INDEPENDENT and organised by SADC which should have been the case “Motlanthe Commission Refused… Read more »

cheerful

” Drama At UN As Zimbabwe Joins Refuses To Condemn Human Rights Situation in Myanmar November 18, 2018 Share UPDATE – Zimbabwe was one of countries which refused as the” UN came together to show unprecedented unity around its condemnation of human rights situation in Myanmar. Resolution has important focus on accountability and crimes against Rohingya. It got 142 yes votes. Compare that to last year’s vote that garnered 122 yes.” This just shows that the country is not prepared to deal with human rights issues What is the SADC region doing about it or is it they are just… Read more »

cheerful

Correction to first comment “This is the latest article on the soldier who was abducted and refused to testify by this DISGRACEFUL Commission – It is not his fault that he was abducted- This Commission should have allowed the person to testify Heads need to roll at SADC for this incident inculding the Chief Executive and questions need to be raised at the regional level why it happened afterall this Commission was not INDEPENDENT and NOT organised by SADC which should have been the case ” It does not come as a surprise with the behaviour of those at SADC… Read more »

cheerful

Abucting a person = Kidnapping . Equivalent to using Live ammunition on unarmed protesters.
In a civilised country someone will be held accountable and face the law

cheerful

This is the latest article with reference to the SADC Chief Executive Statement in a nutshell she is supporting a Coup and allowing things to happen which should not happen who is giving her the authority to do so?in a nutshell she is supporting those who are responsible for the deaths of UNARMED that were killed by live ammunition . It was her duty or someones duty to appoint the commission of Inquiry or the decision of members of the bloc to make the Inquiry totall independent. “SADC Throws Chamisa Under The Bus December 2, 2018 Share …..FIRSTPAR… SADC Executive… Read more »

cheerful

SADC including the Chief Executive must ask themselves question who are they representing the interests of the leaders or the citizens by this statment she does not seem to be representing the interests of the ORDINARY CITIZENS in that the Commission of Inquiry should have been tatally independent and APPOINTED BY SADC

cheerful

Presumbably it is OK for people who have taken a country by FORCE to CHAIR organs in SADC There are cases where existing DICTATORS AND FORMER DICTACTORS have been allowed to do so IN A CIVILISED WORLD THIS WOULD NOT BE THE CASE in another article “Business ” Bread shortage looms as National Foods to closes down mills December 4, 2018 Staff Writer 0 Comments Bread Shortages, Inscor Africa Share this article: 1 MIN READ CAKES and bread will be in short supply at Christmas as National Foods, one of the largest food manufacturers in Zimbabwe announced it would be… Read more »