The proliferation of political which kicked off with a national character but have degenerated into regional, tribal and other small cliques has solidified the fragile unity within the ruling ZANU-PF making it difficult for any existing parties to pose a formidable challenge to unseat it unless they change their present outlook.
Faced with the bitter realisation that gains expected from the economic structural adjustment programme and trade liberalisation like increased investment and employment creation are not forthcoming, the government seems to have been forced to move faster to recognise the informal sector – a sector long advocated by the World Bank, one of the major architects and sponsors of ESAPS.
The immediate image associated with democracy in Africa is of men dressed in tatters, pleading to remain alive.
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.
Platinum prices are expected to increase by almost US$50 (about $250) an ounce within a few months as demand for the metal continues to increase.