20 July Zimbabwe is currently in permanent lockdown due to Covid-19 although restrictions have eased in recent weeks. This means that Churches and other groups are allowed to meet in groups of up to 50 people. While there are 1478 covid-19 confirmed cases and 25 deaths to date, there is considerable under reporting. Recent news indicates that the local hospital in Zvishavane has had to close after 25 of the 28 health workers tested positive.
In other news, rising tensions in Zimbabwe with inflation running at 730% further strangling the economy, is giving rise to talk of mass protests on 31 July. The government is responding at present by arresting and incarcerating various activists and opposition politicians.
4 May The news in Zimbabwe as with the rest of the world is around Covid19. Zimbabwe has had only 4 deaths and 31 confirmed infections and while there is possibly some under reporting, the country has followed most of Southern Africa and went into a three week lockdown on 20 April. This has been followed by two extensions of two weeks each. Most countries in the western world can offer various financial support but no so with Zimbabwe. As a result, people are becoming desperate to get out of their homes and find food to eat. This has been met with Police brutality in many cases.
10 March The economy continues it’s free fall path. While the exchange rate is current around Z$30 to US$1, vital institutions such as schools are prevented from increasing their fees to match the deteriorating Zimbabwe dollar. This means that schools are struggling to provide the service that is expected of them. Sadly for Kiwilink, this also means that those churches in Zimbabwe who were paying their own pastors, are no longer able to do so. The financial burden has fallen back onto Kiwilink. The political shenanigans continue and all roads point towards retaining power by any means in the next general elections scheduled for 2024.