Zimbabwe - could this be the beginning of the end?
It is estimated that the current inflation rate is 9,000 percent or worse and the International Monetary Fund has predicted it could reach 100, 000 percent by the end of the year. Over 80 per cent of the population are trying to live below the poverty line, and Zimbabwe currently has 80 per cent of it's population unemployed. The economy is shrinking by 4.4 per cent a year(this must be conservative estimate!?!) The average man or woman is not expected to live more than 40 years, with 1/5 of all adults infected with HIV/AIDS. The is no press freedom. And the last four months have seen the government embark on another brutal campaign of state-sponsored violence against opposition groups and their supporters.
All the while Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF cronies have, by hook and by crook, managed to retain power of what was once the bread basket of Africa.
But now all that is about to change. Why? Today Reuters is reporting that the country's beer supply is now drying up. The population has been hungry for a long time now, but now with nothing left to drown their sorrows, perhaps this will finally spark sufficient dissent to get the population to revolt against those in power.
We can only hope.