From Breadbasket to Basketcase.

September 2, 2007 at 11:13 pm Leave a comment

How do you turn a country once described as “the breadbasket of Africa” into a starving nation of unemployed emigration seekers?

If this is a question that has been on your mind, well the answer is finally here. You need look no further than the daily news stories of the mismanagement, incompetence, and blatant stupidity of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Once held as a model for agriculture based economies in Africa, Zimbabwe has become an international joke and a symbol of the incompetence of African leaders.

The economic woes began when President Mugabe ordered the seizure of the countries white-owned commercial farms for redistribution to blacks in 2000. Since that time Zimbabwe has earned the distinction of having the world’s highest rate of inflation currently at 7,634% officially, although independent estimates put it at closer to 25,000% and the International Monetary Fund forecast it to reach as high as 100,000% by years end. (For comparison purposes, the inflation rate in the U.S. was 2.36% as of July of this year)

Almost every week you can expect to see stories of Zimbabweans crushed to death by stampeding crowds frantic to get things as simple as sugar or flour. Thousands of people flee to neighboring South Africa each day to escape the horrors of their own country.

Unemployment has hit 80% and is expected to continue rising. Bank and government officials are being barred entry into some countries because of corruption and human rights abuses. Opposition leaders are beaten in the streets and jailed without charges.

The latest brilliant idea of Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party is to give government sweeping controls over how foreign companies can operate in Zimbabwe. Obviously reminiscent of his land grab of 2000, critics say it will erode what little confidence is left in this god-forsaken hellhole.

You are pathetic President Mugabe. You have brought shame and disgrace on your family name for generations to come.

Thousands flee Zimbabwe into South Africa a day
2 die in stampedes at Zimbabwe exhibit
Stampede in Zimbabwe to buy sugar turns deadly
Britain slams door on Zimbabwe’s top bank official
Zimbabwe inflation at record high
Mugabe orders wage freeze in inflation-ravaged Zimbabwe
IMF: Zimbabwe’s inflation could reach more than 100,000 percent



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