South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has again called for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe. This is after United States extended sanctions by one year saying they will only be lifted, if Harare has implemented certain reforms. Joining CNBC Africa’s Karabo Letlhatlha to speak on the sanctions, legitimacy issue, elective congress and the current economic challenges facing Zimbabwe is MDC Leader Nelson Chamisa.
There has been a huge call for Zimbabwe to engage in a national dialogue to resolve the country’s economic crisis. The country’s reserve bank governor recently introduced a new currency known as Real Time Gross Transfer dollars or ‘RTGS dollars’ as a measure to address its currency problem. For more on the dialogue issue, the newly introduced currency, and role South Africa and SADC should play in resolving Zim crisis; CNBC Africa spoke to Former Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara.
Zimbabwe has been struggling with a knock to the price of food and other goods as inflation has increased massively. For more on the impact of the dire situation In Zimbabwe CNBC Africa’s Fifi Peters spoke to people on the ground who have been affected the most by the economic crisis.
Ex-Zimbabwe Deputy PM Mutambara lambasts Mnangangwa dialogue, calls for genuine talks to resolve crisis
Former Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara says Zimbabweans need to put their differences aside, and engage in a genuine national dialogue to resolve the country's worsening economic crisis. For more on the dialogue process and the newly introduced local currency Professor Mutambara spoke to CNBC Africa’s Daniel Sango.
Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is 95th today. With his homeland in economic and social turmoil they may be little to celebrate.
Public sector workers in Zimbabwe have rejected a second offer to raise their salaries, anti-government protests have seen the death of over 10 people and hundreds of citizens have been detained over public order charges. Social media access has also been cut off during this time. Joining CNBC Africa for more is Professor Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, Political Science Expert.
Public sector workers in Zimbabwe have rejected a second offer to raise their salaries. Workers' demands to be paid in US dollars has again been rejected by the government. In the past week anti-government protests have seen the death of over 10 people and hundreds of citizens detained over public order charges. Social media access has also been cut off during this time. The United Nations has called for an end to the security crackdown and internet blackout. Meanwhile President Emmerson Mnangagwa has cancelled his trip to the lavish resort town of Davos after coming under fire due to the dire economy which has been afflicted by a shortage of dollar bills and resulted in fuel and medicine shortages. John Robertson, Independent Economic Consultant in Zimbabwe joins CNBC Africa for more.
On Tuesday afternoon Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe released his commission report about Zimbabwe’s post-election violence. The report suggested that the police and military were the culprits of the chaos that had occurred but Advocate Chadya Tapiwa Diamond believes that the inquiry’s finding was just a waste of tax payer’s money. He joins CNBC Africa to explain why.