News & Analysis: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa fires health minister over COVID-19 test kits scandal

“Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired his Health minister who was implicated in the irregular procurement of $60 million worth of COVID-19 test kits.”

via The East African

Limited Internet access in Zimbabwe a major hurdle for remote learning during pandemic

“Afrobarometer survey data from 2017 and 2018 show that a majority of Zimbabwean households didn’t have mobile phones with Internet access, computers, or reliable electricity supply. Even among the youngest adults, only one in three regularly went online. While these numbers may have improved in the past two years, they suggest the enormous hurdles that young Zimbabweans would face in participating in online learning.”

via Afrobarometer

Ecocash defies Zimbabwe order to suspend mobile money transactions

“Zimbabwe’s Ecocash has defied a government order to suspend transactions, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration accused mobile-money platforms of a conspiracy to sabotage the collapsing Zimbabwe dollar.”

via Financial Times

Zimbabwe: COVID-19 drugs scandal lays bare the rot in the system

“Over the last few months, Moyo awarded a US$60 million COVID-19 supply contract to a shelf company called Drax without going to public tender.”

via The Africa Report

Zimbabwe health minister charged over COVID-19 kit scandal

“Zimbabwe’s Health minister was on Saturday released on bail, a day after he was arrested over allegations of corruption after the government bought $60 million worth of medical equipment from an unregistered company.”

via The East African

Economic impact of COVID-19: Protecting Africa’s food systems from farm to fork

“Receiving less public attention, and yet also putting at risk lives and livelihoods, is the likelihood that COVID-19 and the associated economic challenges will spill into an African food crisis if the food system cannot cope. Half of Africans already face food insecurity, of which 50 percent are severely food insecure, while the number of people who are hungry is likely to double in 2020.”

via Brookings Institution

Emerging Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The lesson of this current pandemic is that innovations are happening around the world. But the resources to fund and to scale innovations are not spread evenly. This must be addressed.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Africa and creditors wake up to debt dilemma

“In the tough years ahead, heavy debt burdens could push inflation up and pull growth down. Suppliers sink when the government stops paying its bills, and trade slows with uncertainty. Africa’s debt burden suddenly looms larger.”

via African Business Magazine

Zimbabwe Tightens Coronavirus Lockdown in Capital Harare

“Zimbabwean troops and police on Tuesday tightened the coronavirus lockdown in the capital Harare, blocking many cars and buses from entering the central business district as cases of infections increased.”

via New York Times

A post-COVID-19 economic reality can kickstart Africa’s free trade area

“The African Continental Free Trade Area was launched two years ago at an African Union summit in Kigali. It was scheduled to be implemented from 1 July 2020. But this has been pushed out until 2021 because of the impact of COVID-19 and the need for leaders to focus on saving lives.”

via Quartz Africa