HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe on Tuesday declared the raging cholera
outbreak in the capital Harare a state of emergency.
The outbreak in the
city’s high density suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro which
began last week has so far killed 20 people and infected more
than 2,000 people.
The outbreak has
also spread to other parts of the country.
health minister Obadiah Moyo told reporters that government was
instituting measures to contain the disease, including banning
the selling of meat and fish by vendors and suspending classes
at some of the schools in the affected areas.
“We are declaring an
emergency for Harare. This will enable us to contain cholera,
typhoid and whatever is going on. We don’t want any further
deaths,” Moyo said after touring a hospital treating patients in
He said the outbreak
occurred as a result of burst sewer pipes that contaminated
borehole water and open wells that are used by residents.
Most residents in
the city’s high density suburbs rely on water from community
boreholes and open wells due to intermittent potable water
supplies from the council.
Moyo said government
had requested for help from United Nations agencies and private
companies to supply safe water to residents in the affected
recorded its worst cholera outbreak in 2008 which killed more
than 4,000 people and infected close to 100,000 people.
Zimbabwean police ban public
gatherings in Harare after cholera outbreak
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean police have banned public gatherings
in the capital Harare following a cholera outbreak that has
killed 21 people and left more than 3,000 people hospitalized.
This comes after
government on Tuesday declared the outbreak a state of
Charity Charamba said Wednesday cholera had become a threat to
human security and the ban would assist in curbing the spread of
Isolated cases of
the diarrheal disease have been reported in some parts of the
country as Harare remains the epicenter of the latest outbreak
which began early this month.
Republic Police wishes to inform members of the public that in
light of the declaration of the state of emergency, the police
in Harare will not allow any public gatherings,” Charamba said
in a statement.
The outbreak in
Harare’s high density suburbs of Glenview and Budiriro was
sparked by burst sewer pipes which contaminated water from
community boreholes and open wells used by residents who rely on
such water due to shortage of potable water from the city
have since banned the selling of meat and fish by vendors and
have also suspended classes at a primary school in the affected
major cholera outbreak in 2008 killed more than 4,000 people.
Harare city council
has been struggling to provide sufficient and clean water to the
residents over the past decade due to insufficient capacity and
shortage of foreign currency to purchase water treatment
New Zimbabwean Cabinet
for work as citizens expect quick results
By Tichaona Chifamba HARARE Zimbabwe
(Xinhua) -- New Zimbabwean Cabinet
ministers appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa began their
work Tuesday with an orientation program as they embark on a
five-year journey to try and revive the country’s economic
New finance minister
Mthuli Ncube carries the biggest burden of expectations as the
nations is eager to see how he will steer the economy from the
current doldrums, arouse investor confidence, improve liquidity
and provide enablers for the various sectors of the economy to
get back on the rails.
After being sworn in
as minister, he outlined part of his vision to the media, which
included coming up with measures to boost foreign currency
reserves, and build confidence through external debt arrears
clearance, improved tax collection, cutting the budget deficit
and retiring the surrogate bond note currency.
“There is a plan
that I have put in place and will accelerate to make sure that
this debt issue is dealt with. It is one building block towards
creating confidence, towards investors investing in Zimbabwe,”
Prior to his
appointment, he has also talked about the huge government
expenditure where more than 80 percent of revenue goes to
He wants to create
an economy that over time exhibits strong growth that is shared,
sustained and inclusive.
Apart from the huge
external debts of over 11 billion U.S. dollars, Zimbabwe is also
plagued by high unemployment levels, limited energy resources,
poor manufacturing and industrial growth and expensive goods in
relation to salaries paid.
One of Ncube’s
wishes is to remove the bond notes which he said are chasing
away good money. He suggested focus to be on the U.S. dollar
while the nation worked over time to reintroduce a local
The Reserve Bank of
Zimbabwe introduced bond coins in 2014 to deal with change
problems and followed that up in 2016 with bond notes which were
meant to cushion cash challenges.
While the bank rate
remains at 1:1 with the U.S. dollar, the reality on the market
is different, with the bond note now trading at less than 50
percent of the U.S. dollar in some instances.
New health minister
Obadiah Moyo also comes in at a critical time when the nation is
experiencing a cholera outbreak which has so far claimed at
least 16 people.
Moyo said he would
soon be on the ground to establish the extent of the problem and
find a way out.
He also talked about
“micro-medical insurance schemes centered around health
institutions” to deal with issues of access to health as people
made minimal monthly contributions to the schemes.
operating at below 50 percent of capacity, and with some
companies running with obsolete equipment, new minister of
industry and commerce Mangaliso Ndlovu’s work is also not a
stroll in the park.
He told The Herald
newspaper that he planned to introduce a robust
industrialization policy and remove bottlenecks stifling
“I am looking
forward to coming up with policies that are investor friendly;
that are friendly to industry, that a friendly to the economy
because our focus is really that even in the manufacturing
sector, we need to see capacity utilization going upwards of 50,
“If you are north of
65 percent then you know that even those companies are
profitable,” he said.
One of the key
enablers to economic growth is energy, but the country is
struggling to get the necessary foreign currency to keep
supplies open with intermittent shortages of petrol and diesel
economy where industry and commerce are firing with all
cylinders will result in power utility ZESA Holdings failing to
meet increased power demands, unless there is a corresponding
increase in domestic power generation.
The company last
implemented load shedding in late 2015, largely because of
subdued industrial activity.
Work is already
underway to increase output at Hwange Thermal Power Station to
enable the utility to boost output and reduce its power import
Minister of lands,
agriculture, water, culture and rural resettlement Perrance
Shiri has to deal with outstanding land reform issues, including
downsizing farms and taking some from beneficiaries who have
more than one farm.
Thousands of people
are still on the waiting list for land, while some beneficiaries
have failed to prove that they can utilize the land for the
benefit of the country.
New transport and
infrastructural development minister Joel Matiza has the
unenviable task of kickstarting the dualization of the
Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway, which is a major
transportation artery in the Southern African Development
Austrian firm Geiger
International was supposed to dualize the Beitbridge-Harare
segment at a cost of 984 million U.S. dollars under a 25-year
Build-Operate-Transfer model, but the project took more than two
years to roll out, prompting government to cancel the tender.
Matiza also has to
deal with national airline Air Zimbabwe and rail operator
National Railways of Zimbabwe which are both failing to operate
In mining, some
companies are struggling to stay on the surface largely because
of foreign currency problems.
Chitando has since said that the government would engage one of
the country’s biggest gold miners - Metallon Corporation - with
a view to finding solutions to its problems which had seen it
put hundreds of workers on retrenchment notice.
Ministers in other
portfolios have also expressed their zeal to address the various
challenges bedeviling the nation, in line with Mnangagwa’s
pledge to make the country a middle-income economy by 2030.