When crisis hits home
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The worsening economic crisis in Zimbabwe really hit us hard this week.

When somebody Tweeted over the weekend that he had failed to get high blood pressure medication for his mother, I read the tweet in passing and never gave it much thought.

Little did I know that a few hours later I would face the same dilemma that would leave me in utter despair.

My husband is diabetic and takes medication daily to control his sugar levels.

We buy his medication monthly as it is not advisable to buy the tablets in bulk but at the time of writing this column, we had failed to get the tablets because the price had risen almost tenfold in bond notes or else was only available in the elusive US dollar.

The monthly cost of his tablets has been around $45 (P450) but on Tuesday it had shot up to $300 bond notes in some pharmacies while in one major pharmacy in Bulawayo they were selling the drugs in strictly US dollars and charging $90 (P900).

Like most businesses, the said pharmacy no longer takes bond notes, eco-cash (mobile money) or accepts swiping.

We were left with no choice but to put my husband’s health in jeopardy while desperately trying to source the drugs from here in Botswana and South Africa because we surely were never prepared for this.

While prices have been on a free fall since last Monday when the Finance Minister announced the new monetary policy and officially declared that the bond was no longer equal to the US dollar, I never imagined we would personally be hit this hard, especially with regards to medication.

Yes, we have seen prices of commodities going up on a daily basis and filling stations running empty or with long winding queues but we never anticipated that drug prices would also shoot up.

And by the way, the bond, which used to be at par with the US dollar was trading at 1:3 as of Tuesday afternoon, meaning that US$100 was equivalent to $300.

However, as already mentioned, the surrogate currency has largely been rendered irrelevant.

The saddest part is, somehow I am not surprised; anything is possible in Zimbabwe!

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We have been in similar if not worse situations before, with our leaders shamelessly telling us to remain strong and focused – baseless spiel that clueless President EmmersonMnanganga reiterated to the nation on Monday.

It’s easy for him to waffle and tell us to be resilient because all is good for him.

He doesn’t know the pain of seeing a loved one failing to take daily medication and putting their lives at risk because of the prevailing economic situation.

He doesn’t know the pain of working hard, saving up, only for those savings to be worth nothing because of poor monetary policies.

He doesn’t know the effects of prices changing daily if not twice a day because this means no more planning.

We really are in a fix and sadly there is no solution in sight, all we can to do is brace for darker days to come while praying for a miracle to happen even though, in out heart of hearts, we know it’s impossible.

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cheerful

“Zimbabwean bond notes are a form of banknote in circulation in Zimbabwe. Released by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe the notes are stated to NOT be a currency in itself but rather legal tender near money pegged equally against the U.S. dollar. ” There is a possibility that these notes were created to cover the MIS-MANAGEMENT and FRAUDELENT DEALINGS OF THE ELITE of the country over the past 37+ years . There is a possibility that the bond notes were created for the ORDINARY PEOPLE white the CORRUPT ELITE used US$ as per the article of an investor who invested… Read more »

cheerful

“Zimbabwean Bonds are a form of legal tender near money released by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe which attempts to resolve Zimbabwe’s lack of currency. Bonds are pegged against the U.S. dollar at a 1:1 fixed exchange rate and backed by the country’s reserve. Since abandoning the Zimbabwean dollar in 2009 after it went into HYPERINFLATION, the country began using a number of foreign currencies including the U.S. dollar, South African rand, British pound and Chinese yuan as a means of exchange. The inability to print these currencies led to a shortage of money with banks issuing limits on withdrawals.… Read more »

cheerful

“Zimbabwean bond notes are a form of banknote in circulation in Zimbabwe. Released by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe the notes are stated TO NOT BE A CURRENCY IN ITSELF but rather legal tender NEAR money pegged equally against the U.S. dollar. In 2014 prior to the release of bond notes a series of bond coins entered circulation.”

cheerful

In this recent article one of the sons of the thieving old man is trying to interfere with the case with the South African Model by trying to get to get her to drop the charges agains his mother who is renowned around the world for beating up people which included a photographer when he caught her redhanded doing one of her dirty deals in the far east how absurd this is to intfere with an ongoing case , the son is probably trying to bribe the model??? No charge is brought against serving and former serving african leaders when… Read more »

cheerful

Another issue is the accountability of those sending their children out of the country/ continent to be educated — how are they paying for this is it in US$ or Bond Notes ? and there is a possibility that the children are being used to carry foreign currency with them to enable them to deposit in other countries??? This loophole should have been sealed along time ago

cheerful

“By Leopold Munhende Harare — 48-year-old Garvey Edwards was shot twice point blank by a soldier; one of the many he had taken selfies with in November last year as the military helped topple long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe. The same soldiers he celebrated the coup with shot him dead after he questioned their actions along Simon Muzenda street in Harare on 1 August. He left behind a 13-year-old daughter, said tearful sister Elizabeth Edwards while testifying before the Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence. She was one of the many victims who could not hold back her tears as… Read more »

cheerful

” Access to Health, Clean Water, Education and Food are the basics required by all why is this still happening ” Bulawayo Hospital Pharmacies To Shut Down In Ten Days Due Stock Out October 19, 2018 Share Correspondent|Health delivery institutions in Bulawayo continue to face shortages of essential drugs despite government prioritising the sector on forex allocation to ease the burden for patients. Government is prioritising the allocation of foreign currency to the pharmaceutical sector the latest being a $3.2 million package released yesterday (Wednesday), after last week’s $6.7million. This deliberate move has been aimed at ensuring patients do not… Read more »

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Shoddy construction work at a health facility is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE like any other construction work “Chinese built Mahusekwa hospital cracking up 19th October 2018 News Headlines By Idah Mhetu THE Chinese-built Mahusekwa Hospital is cracking up barely five years after the US$6 million facility was opened to the public and touted as further evidence of the strong relations between Beijing and Harare. Also known as China-Zimbabwe Friendship Hospital, the facility was built under a Chinese aid project to help Zimbabwe provide quality health services in the countryside, where close to 70 percent of the population lives. It was intended to… Read more »

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“By Leopold Munhende Struggling rail transporter, National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is reportedly failing to deliver 179 wagons of wheat currently stuck at Mozambique’s Beira Port, a situation feared could force bakers to further raise bread prices due to flour shortages. The NRZ pledged to transport 50 wagons of wheat per day from 16 September this year but has only managed to bring in 58 in total, according to Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) general manager Lynette Veremu. GMAZ recently procured 30,000 metric tonnes of the cereal. In a letter sent to Transport Minister Jorum Gumbo recently, Veremu stressed… Read more »

cheerful

“The central recently released $12,450,000 to Holbud Limited of the United Kingdom which is owed over $20 million for maize and fertiliser supplies dating back to 2016.” why has it taken this long to pay a Supplier??? the lack of foreign exchange because the country has been badly mismanaged for a VERY LONG TIME and WAS ALLOWED TO MISMANAGE THE COUNTRY FOR A VERY LONG TIME