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Zimbabwe’s Downgrade Has Turned It Into Its Neighbours Laughing Stock

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Zimbabwe recently got two major downgrades which all paint a gloomy picture for the future of its suffering but resilient masses who contrastingly inhabit a natural resource-rich land which arguably has the most perfect weather for tourism in the world.

A recent publication by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which projected a 0% growth for the Zimbabwe economy and a ban from hosting international matches on the country’s stadiums by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are the two downgrades which are all a slap in the face of the current government and a stress factor for its citizens.

It is very disturbing to note that a country like Zimbabwe, with one of the world’s highest literacy rates and endowed with precious minerals like gold, platinum and diamonds cannot upgrade and service even one of its football stadiums to acceptable regional and global standards.

Such are the failures that have reduced the country into a laughing stock among its neighbours.

Following the ban by CAF, some people from neighbouring countries especially from South Africa ridiculed the once bread basket of Africa which has been brought to its knees by massive corruption, lack of serious political reforms coupled with drought which also affected the country’s ability to produce enough food.

While responding to a 26 February 2020 article published by South Africa’s eNCA titled CAF bars Zimbabwe from hosting international matches, many people from neighbouring countries made jokes about the country’s economy which is in a coma.

Baleke Mwaungulu said “Just mention of the name Zimbabwe- the first thought that comes is problems. When shall these problems end?” while Refiloe Sibi said “Why would Zimbabwe even dream of hosting wen they don’t even have electricity. Do they want matches to be cancelled because even petrol for generator is dololo”.sic

According to an article published on, the Zimbabwe Football Association’s Spokesperson and Competitions Manager, Xolisani Gwesela said that there were talks underway towards using South Africa’s Orlando Stadium in Soweto for Zimbabwe’s match against Algeria in the Afcon qualifiers.

Others commentators made fun of the numbers of Zimbabweans that are in South Africa, with some insinuating that if Zimbabwe’s soccer lovers are to attend matches in South Africa, many of them  may not even go back home.

Sifiso Ngobe said “20 buses will transport fans from Zimbabwe to watch games in SA and only a quantum will be taking them back” while Njabulo Buthelezi said “they might as well play here in SA, they won’t be short of supporters since they are all here.” 

Zimbabweans have been going through a string of socio-economic and political tough times for decades, and yet they are a hopeful, peaceful and hardworking people whose patience for a better life has been overstretched by political uncertainties which have also negatively affected the economy.

“Zimbabwe is experiencing an economic and humanitarian crisis. Macroeconomic stability remains a challenge: the economy contracted sharply in 2019, amplified by climate shocks that have crippled agriculture and electricity generation; the newly introduced ZWL$ has lost most of its value; inflation is very high; and international reserves are very low.” IMF reported.

The Report, posted on its website as Press Release No.20/72 under the title IMF Executive Board Concludes 2020Article IV Consultation with Zimbabwe shows that because of the prevailing socio economic and political reality, growth for the country’s economy is projected at near zero (0%).

Zimbabweans’ expectation of better times never materialised even after November of 2018 when the current government leader President Emerson Mnangagwa took over following the demise of the late Robert Mugabe as evidenced by the economic situation which is visibly worsening.

As such, the pronouncements by the IMF and CAF have given a serious blow that is making it difficult for Zimbabweans to continue holding on to the little hope that they have been clutching unto for a long time.

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Greyhound Bus Company Shuts Operations After 37 Years of Service

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The economic environment is looking bleak especially for many businesses because of the Covid-19 induced difficult operating environment.

The latest notable casualty is South Africa’s luxury bus company Greyhound which announced that it will be shutting down its operations and that for Citiliner after having operated in South Africa for 37 years.

In its announcement, Greyhound did not give the reasons for its complete shutdown but it highlighted that people who were scheduled to travel after the 14th of February will have to get refunded.

Many business across the world have been negatively affected by the lockdowns which are meant to contain the spread of the Corona virus.

Recently, Ster-Kinekor Theatres in South Africa were forced to take the voluntary business rescue option because of the Covid-19 pandemic in order to rehabilitate the once profitable business whose cash generation has been negatively affected by lockdown measures meant to contain the spread of the virus.

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Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Escapes South Africa, Promises To Offer a Global Press Conference in Malawi

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Prophet Shepherd Bushiri who was recently arrested in South Africa together with his wife and other members of his church has escapes the country to Malawi where he has promised to offer a press briefing which shall be aired on all media networks across the world.

In a press statement that has been posted on his Facebook page, he said that his escape to Malawi is not a sign of running away and he has called for a guarantee to fair trial by the South African authorities asked that investigating officers in his case be recused since he once lodged a complaint against them.

The Bushiris’ trip to Malawi is against their bail conditions which limits their travels to Gauteng and North West provinces only.

Thousands of his followers have comment on his Press Statement wishing him well.

Read the full Press Statement below:


I would like to inform the general public that my wife, Mary, and I are temporarily in our home country, Malawi, because of safety and security issues since 2015, matters that got worse when we just got out on bail.

There have been clear and evident attempts to have myself, my wife and my family killed and despite our several attempts to report to authorities, there has never been State protection.

Our coming to Malawi, hence, is a tactical withdrawal from the Republic of South Africa solely meant to preserve our lives. 

These attempts have been heightened with recent spates of arrests and detentions that we felt the only way for us to clear our names before the law is to ensure that our lives are preserved. My wife and I strongly believe in our innocence but this cannot be proved if our lives are not preserved. We have to be alive to testify to our innocence.

As we stand here, we were arrested in 2019 on allegedly money laundering charges and it’s getting to three years now without trial because the State is not ready to give it.

As we keep waiting for that trial to come, we were arrested again, kept in custody for over two weeks and we are not sure if we will face trial. Equally shocking is the fact that as we kept waiting to get the facts of the recent arrest, the State brought up immigration issues that they, not us, owe the public an explanation. But they want us to explain.

Against this background, we have come to a painful conclusion that what my wife and I have faced in the Republic of South Africa, since 2015, is purely persecution NOT prosecution.

What is shocking is that it was me who, in 2018, opened cases of extortion and intimidation against the officers who are, today, investigating, arresting and prosecuting me and my wife of these several allegations.

Obviously, there can never be independence and impartiality. It’s purely acts of open vengeance. This, I must say, clearly violates rules of natural justice which says justice must not just be done but be seen to be done.

As such, I want to make it clear, here, that our coming to Malawi is not an act of running away from being tried. Not at all.

All my wife and I want is to clear our names in a justice system that is fair, impartial and just. In this vein, I am calling for three things to be met by the Republic of South African authorities to ensure our fair, impartial and just trial.  

1. First, I want the South African government to assure us of our safety and security whilst in South Africa.

2. Secondly, I want the South African government to assure us that our bail will not be revoked. Our right to fair trial entails that we have access to our lawyers all the time. Revocation of the bail defeats our right to fair trial and also exposes us to further security and safety challenges.

3. Thirdly, I want the officers involved in investigating, arresting and prosecuting us to recuse themselves. As earlier said, this is the same team that I earlier lodged complaint against and, also, opened cases against. I won’t have a fair trial with their continued involvement.

4. Fourthly, I want the South African State to see to it that all the issues I lodged and opened against these officers must be pursued to their logical conclusion before proceeding with our case.

5. Finally, I want the South African State to appoint independent and professional investigators and prosecutors who should make independent decisions on the cases we are allegedly accused of.

In this regard, I am requesting Malawi government to liaise with the South African government to ensure that the above issues are met.

Once these three issues are met and I am assured of a fair, just and impartial trial, I am willing to avail myself before the South Africa justice system.

I am looking forward to that day because my wife and I have long waited for it to prove our innocence and clear our names.

I will hold a press briefing in Lilongwe, Malawi, and it will be aired on all media networks across the world soon.

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