Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: AFRICA/ZIMBABWE – Social tensions, strikes, corruption and the risk of food emergencies
Harare – “The situation in our country is the subject of many concerns because of the continual violations of rights and the extreme poverty which concerns more and more people. It is estimated that by the end of the year 8 million of my fellow citizens will be in food emergency”. This is the concern expressed by Kenneth Mtata, Lutheran pastor and Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Almost three years after the dismissal of Robert Mugabe, at the head of Zimbabwe for a little less than 38 years, and two years after the elections which should have marked the definitive transition from a long dictatorship to a democracy bringing well-being and rights, ex Rhodesia is experiencing a rather difficult period on a social level. Kenneth Mtata said in an interview with Fides: “Schools have reopened but the teachers are on strike, they are protesting against low wages and demanding to be paid in US dollars, something that the government cannot afford to do. There is also a serious problem in health care: doctors and nurses have been on strike for 7 months now and the situation, in particular because of Covid-19, is very critical. The population is tired of the still very high levels of corruption and takes to the streets, but many arrests still take place by the police regarding demonstrators, journalists who denounce the mismanagement while we are still worried about the people kidnapped and missing because there is no news”.