Long predicted Zimbabwe collapse now postponed to 2008!
Posted by CM on October 10, 2007
Zimbabwe has been said to be “on the brink of collapse” for so long now that the period must rate as yet another dubious record the country holds.
The predictions, usually from “authoritative” media, analysts and diplomats ( almost always Western, by some strange coincidence) have been made regularly for years now, ever since the country’s inflation rate was in the mere hundreds.
Former U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe Christopher Dell predicted some big crash by the end of this year, so let us see what happens in the next ten weeks.
Now the crystal ball gazers are not quite as confident and willing to be identified, as the following recent (early October, 2007) report by South Africa’s IOL indicates:
Zimbabwe is unlikely to survive another year of the chronic poverty and hyperinflation it has suffered under President Robert Mugabe’s rule, a senior British diplomatic official has said.
Britain has been increasingly severe in its criticisms of Mugabe’s regime. Last week Prime Minister Gordon Brown threatened to boycott a summit of European and African leaders slated for December if Mugabe attends.
Official inflation in Zimbabwe stands at nearly 7 000 percent, the highest in the world. Independent estimates put real inflation closer to 25,000 percent and the International Monetary Fund has forecast it reaching 100 000 percent by the end of the year.
Large swathes of the working population were fleeing every day, and within a year Zimbabwe’s “difficulties will be extreme,” said the British official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly.
Zimbabwean opposition leader “Morgan Tsvangirai said to me there is no food in the country. That is a slight exaggeration but only a slight exaggeration,” he said.
Obviously it was a slow day, both at IOL and at the British embassy, because there is no story here! There is absolutely nothing new to justify an article, nor the alleged diplomat’s claimed wish for anonymity (I am assuming he actually exists, and that this is not one of those made-up stories.)
On second thoughts, there is a new angle here after all: The Zimbabwe collapse, predicted as being “just around the corner” for many years by the likes of the shy/phantom British diplomat, has now been officially postponed to 2008!
There are some amusing aspects of “the Zimbabwe crisis” after all!