Cash-strapped Zimbabwe, which owes its envoys posted throughout the world nearly US$30 million in salary arrears, has directed its foreign diplomatic missions to vacate upmarket houses they are currently occupying in host countries and find cheaper accommodation as it can no longer pay rentals.
Prime Minister and Head of Government Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai has been conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Pai Chai University, the 13th such honorary degree conferred to an individual in the 125-year history of this United Methodist Church institution.
In a development that exposes the rampant abuse of control systems in the inclusive government and how the polarity in the coalition is being taken advantage of for selfish gain by high-ranking office bearers, several ministers have been accused of bleeding State coffers by flouting foreign travel restrictions.
Zimbabweâ€™s mining sector faces a growing threat of property seizures, led by President Robert Mugabeâ€™s radical loyalists in government, after a rabble-rousing visit to Harare at the weekend by militant African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema.
Zimbabweâ€™s government is earning only US$100 million per month, 65 percent of which goes to wages, Finance Minister Tendai Biti told reporters on Thursday, painting a grim picture of the state coffers at a time civil servants are on strike for improved salaries.