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Vol 55 No 4

Published 21st February 2014


Zimbabwe

Wasting assets

Recent forays in search of investment have failed but there is a lack of urgency in government efforts to revive the economy

January has been more depressing than usual for the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). President Robert Mugabe had to cut short his annual leave and return from the Far East when his sister Brigid Zvenhamo Mugabe died; she had been in a coma for three years. A news blackout on his arrival inevitably sparked rumours of the President's own demise, which he belied by giving a sprightly hour-long eulogy, unaided, at the funeral. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s return from Beijing with an empty begging bowl made even bleaker news for the ailing economy.

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