After realising that quiet diplomacy had not taken it anywhere and that it was not being taken seriously, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade unions has decided to become more militant so that it can effectively represent the country’s workers whose standard of living is being eroded every day.
Despite pleas for almost the greater part of 1991 and 1992, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city and the country’s major industrial base, is slowly dying while the government continues to watch, undisturbed from their ivory towers in Harare.
ZANU (Ndonga) leader Ndabaningi, who on his return from self-exile in the United States promised to give every Zimbabwean $600 a month and a 15-acre piece of land, is now beginning to show his true colours.
The recent promotions of army and air force commanders seems to be aimed more at tribally balancing the army than anything else.
With reports that Zimbabwe will need at least three normal average rainy seasons to achieve the standard of living or Gross Domestic Product it had in 1980, questions are being asked about how serious the government really is to revive the country’s declining agricultural production.
The absence of substantive chief executives for Zimbabwe’s key service parastatals, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and Air Zimbabwe, is largely responsible for the present chaos they are in rather than the lack of managerial skills.