The Zimbabwean Crisis – A hidden vault of political and economic torture

Sneha Mohanty posted 1 year ago, 1 Responses
In order to understand the Zimbabwean crisis in the depth of its spirits, one must look at the unnecessary political power play that has been advancing ever since Zimbabwe’s freedom from Britain in the year 1980. Briefly speaking, the power and responsibility of the entire country was handed over to President Robert Mugabe as a result of elections soon after the independence. He was the head of the country from 1987 to 2017. 
The most peculiar next move of the slow killing tragedy was when Mugabe’s government tried to buy off newspaper companies owned and run by African citizens as an attempt to try and control what the media portrays about the political and economic situation of Zimbabwe. This was only the gentle beginning of the country’s situation spiraling down in the upcoming decade. Mugabe’s government was more towards being very authoritative and autonomous. In 2017 November, the suppressed masses took to the protests and revolutions in order to fight against the autonomous and irresponsible attitude of the government in power towards the citizens of Zimbabwe. 
This resulted in Mugabe being put in a house arrest by the National Army as a result of a coup d’etat. Following this, Mugabe was thrown off power by the party ZANU-PF and in his place, Emmerson Mnangagwa was put in power. There are widespread reports all over the world and electronic media about the infamous human rights violations all over Zimbabwe apart from the Military controlled Presidential structure of governance that has been carrying on since so long. 

It is an apparent fact that the economy of Zimbabwe has been on a journey of downward spiral ever since it gained Independence from the minority white rule in 1980. The basic goods are tougher to receive than anything else. At this juncture, the doctors and teachers of Zimbabwe are at constant struggle for higher, basic pay. The poorer masses of Zimbabwe are worse off than any other because of the sorry state of affairs in Zimbabwe. Speaking in terms of inflation, it is about 786% annually. Zimbabwe has been reportedly facing the worst kind of economic crisis as the real and actual income of the Zimbabweans have highly evaporated in this hyperflation situation. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) reintroduced the Zimbabwe dollar (ZWD) quasi-currency in June 2019 having unpegged from the U.S. dollar four months prior, but the currency depreciated rapidly. RBZ Governor John Mangudya unilaterally reimposed a dollar peg of 25 ZWD to the dollar in March, only for the government to scrap it three months later in favor of a return to the auction system. 
Apart from the economy, the departments of health continues to shrink too as the worst case scenario of Covid 19 hit Zimbabwe earlier this year. Covid 19 has had the worst effect on the world economy altogether, thus any positive expectations from the Zimbabwean economy to slightly become better is only wishful thinking. 
Citizens from Zimbabwe confide into others stating that no media platform in Zimbabwe is allowed to openly criticise or even analyse the working of the government. Apart from the government owned media houses, very few remaining media companies which are owned by private individuals are warned and slapped with threats and notices to praise the government and not go against their guidelines. Private and individual reporters are either jailed or executed when they speak up for the rights of the citizens. 
The repression in Zimbabwe is one of the many blot marks on the map of South Africa. This is a clear situation of high functioning corruption and misrule which lead to the derailing of the country altogether. 
Covid 19 posed an additional threat to the economy of the country, thus spectators guarantee that the President is far from surviving this tenure. However, one may be positive and hope for the situation in Zimbabwe stabilise financially and from the point of view of human rights violation, which are not the dire need of the hour. 
There are a million unanswered questions that Zimbabwe poses to the world. One can suggest International Organisations to intervene and stabilise the situation, but clearly, even the most powerful countries of all time are taking advantage of the drowning Zimbabwe and reaping profits and benefits in terms of natural resources. 

Dear Sneha,

thank you very much for this short report. I think it has a lot of potential to become a real article in our journal. Therefore, I kindly ask you to add changes such as an Abstract, Introduction, Conclusion, and References. On doing so, please send it to my email and I will review it for further progress.

BR, Daniel