2008 December 07 Sunday
Zimbabwe Soldiers Not Getting Paid

Robert Mugabe's government is failing to pay its soldiers. What this means: A small covert operation dispensing US dollars or Euros could bring down the Zimbabwean government by bribing soldiers to rebel.

HARARE (IRIN) - Uniformed Zimbabwean soldiers raided one of the capital's money-changing haunts after becoming frustrated with queuing to withdraw cash at a Harare bank, according to an IRIN correspondent who witnessed the event.

The soldiers descended on foreign currency dealers in "Roadport" in central Harare on 27 November, where they assaulted money dealers and robbed them, an indication of the low morale among Zimbabwe's rank and file soldiers.

Effectively the national currency is now useless.

Zimbabwe's official inflation annual rate is estimated at 231 million percent, but independent economists cite the inflation rate in the billions of percent; hyperinflation is causing widespread cash shortages.

Banks have set a maximum daily limit of Z$500,000 (US$0.25), creating long queues at banks each day, with no guarantee there will be any money to withdraw.

A small shove could knock over this government. Granted, overthrowing the government won't bring on a golden age. But while Africa is going to remain impoverished and backward it does not have to be as totally dysfunctional as Zimbabwe.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 December 07 01:30 PM  Chaotic Regions

Stephen said at December 7, 2008 6:53 PM:

'A small covert operation' would not happen - it would inevitably become a three-ring circus if the USA runs it. Externally imposed change is a quick fix that requires constant maintenance (ie treasure and blood) by the external countries, and there's no payoff unless Z is suddenly found to have metric shitloads of oil.

The historical lesson is that change needs to come from the citizenry.

Stopped Clock said at December 7, 2008 7:29 PM:

People are waiting in long lines to withdraw a quarter a day?

Big Bill said at December 7, 2008 8:03 PM:

I wish Mugabe would hang on a while longer. A collapsed African country is so entertaining, AND an abject lesson on the dangers of black rule. Of course we could always change it with a little more time and attention. If only we could enlist three white people to raise every black child, just like Obama's white family raised him (once his black dad funked out). Any volunteers?

geschrei said at December 11, 2008 4:00 PM:

Zimbabwe? Isn't that near Rhodesia?

I bet that's why Zimbabwe is in such terrible shape, because those vicious white racists over in Rhodesia refuse to help them out.

Just another case of The Man keepin' us down.

Dr. Franklyn said at February 12, 2015 1:50 AM:

Last time when I visited Zimbabwe to see Victoria falls in fact I surprised by seeing how they are reacting to white people! This is completely unacceptable that racism in Zimbabwe is still considered as a big problem. Come on people. If you think whites are not good then pay at least to black military persons. I am not a resist.

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