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Chamisa blames Aug 23 poll dispute for current hardships

By Staff Writer

OPPOSITION leader Nelson Chamisa says the dispute emerging from the August 23 polls is to blame for the current economic hardships bedevilling the country.

The popular politician recently quit a political party he founded Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) citing undue interference at the instigation of the ruling Zanu-PF party’s proxy Sengezo Tshabangu who emerged from the middle of nowhere to accrue the Secretary General’s position.

Since then , the imposter SG has initiated a number of recalls which have scuttled the opposition party and effectively enabled the ruling Zanu-PF party to snap up a two thirds majority in parly.

The developments have made it difficult for both monetary and fiscal authorities to restore economic confidence prompting many to despair in the midst of rising hardships.

Posting on X this week , Chamisa said the economic challenges afflicting the country were a result of the disputed August 2023 polls.

“The consequences of broken politics… Within a space of just a month, the economy has registered the following disturbing developments: 1. The budget for a family of five has doubled from around ZWL$3 million in December 2023 to ZWL$6,2 million per month in January 2024.

“2. The value of the national budget has been halved within a month after the official exchange depreciated by more than 100% — incapacitating the Government of Zimbabwe from meeting critical payments.
“3. Annual inflation rose by about 323 percentage points to hit 1 347% in the first week of February 2024. All these are symptoms of fraudulent elections, disputed national processes and broken politics,” he said.

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