The local press seems to have a deliberate tendency to make everything regarding senior government officials sound so noble.
While news of the ban of the planned peaceful demonstration by workers organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, and the expulsion of students at the University of Zimbabwe was making headlines, the Posts and telecommunications was quietly censoring the transmission of information believed to be anti-government.
News that Peugeot and TA Holdings are planning to assemble vehicles here is good news indeed because despite the limitations, cars assembled in Zimbabwe -on a dollar-for-dollar basis- are much cheaper than in Botswana or South Africa.
Conflicting signals about investment in Zimbabwe have been flashed by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), which represents the manufacturing sector of the country, and the International Finance corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, the main architect of the current economic structural adjustment programme.
Illegal gold panners may be causing untold damage to the country’s rivers but illegal buyers are cashing in on these desperate villagers who are now selling the precious metal at ridiculously low prices just to afford a bucket or a packet of mealie meal.
Property values in Harare have increased by between 317 percent and 721 percent in the 15 years from 1975 to 1990 according to the council’s latest valuation roll.