Why doesn’t Robert Mugabe just commit suicide? It is clear to everyone that he is such an abject failure on all fronts that the best thing he could do for Zimbabwe is to leave, one way or another, and the best thing other African countries could do is to encourage his departure. He has lost every scrap of honour that may once have attached to him as a liberation leader so that can’t be relevant any more.
From Thursday, notes worth 250,000, 500,000 and 750,000 Zimbabwean dollars will enter circulation.
At the same time, the highest value note now in use – the 200,000 dollar bill – will be phased out, despite only being introduced in July.
Rampant inflation above 8,000%, mass unemployment and shortages of fuel and basic goods have blighted the economy.
Zimbabwe’s central bank governor, Gideon Gono, blamed the economic crisis on the country’s senior officials.
“Our economy has fallen prey to a high level of indiscipline and corruption prevalent in the economy as well as diminished economic patriotism on the part of most people holding positions of authority in our economy and society,” he said.
President Robert Mugabe and his government normally blames the problems on a Western plot designed to oust him from power.
But that has ever been an excuse for misplaced zeal, corruption, and sheer incompetence.
Go, you stupid old dinosaur! Do something good for a change.
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