At a time when cars, like wine, are maturing with age instead of depreciating in value, the Harare City Council was ordered to sell a Mazda 1600 for only $6 500 when it had received an offer three times that amount but did not consider it because it had withdrawn the van from sale.
Some Gweru residents and council officials are baffled with the way their council donated beer and a band towards the wedding of Defence Minister, Richard Hove, towards the end of last year.
Despite the criticism levelled here against Zambian President Frederick Chiluba’s statement that his country will now open trade with South Africa, Zimbabwe is, in fact, South Africa’s biggest trading partner outside the Southern African Customs Union which covers Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa itself.
Agriculture minister, Witness Mangwende, is reported to be under pressure from the World Bank which is said to have openly indicated to him that he is being “leaned on” to implement agricultural liberalisation.
The recent increase in the price of a Peugeot 504 station wagon from $39 642 to $77 046 has left many people wondering whether the government is now trying to phase emergency taxis as this is the only car now suitable for this since the 404 version is no longer being assembled locally.
With the country running out of its own maize stocks this month and now relying on imports from South Africa, questions are being raised as to what happened to the Drought Relief levy collected in 1984-85 to ensure the country had enough reserves in case of drought.