COVID-19 pandemic escalates in hyper-inflation economy, but political dialogue prospects greatly improved

With inflation measured at over 470 per cent in
2020, the people of Zimbabwe are really struggling to survive as 2021 gets into
full swing. Several high profile political, business and church people have
died from COVID-19 in recent weeks, sharply focussing the government on more
effective action. The arrest of former Minister of Labour and Social Welfare
Petronella Kagonye, on fraudulent sale of residential land, continues to
demonstrate the government’s efforts to confront corruption. And the Zimbabwe Heads
of Christian Denominations have put forward a viable process for an inclusive
national political dialogue, which may end the fruitless negativity of MDC
Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa. This should open up the possibility of a more
constructive engagement with the international community, and the new
Biden-Harris Presidency in the USA is also an opportunity to re-set the hostile
US attitude of the last two years towards a supportive mode.

Information Centre, Australia
February 13, 2021