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Old 31-01-2013, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Zimbabwe has just £138 left in the bank

Zimbabwe finance minister reveals country has just £138 left in the bank



Zimbabwe’s finance minister has revealed the extent of the country’s economic plight by announcing it has just £138 remaining in its bank account.

Tendai Biti made the extraordinary revelation at a press conference yesterday, admitting “the government finances are in paralysis state at the present moment”.

Mr Biti went on to tell shocked news reporters that they were likely to have healthier personal bank balances than the state had after it paid civil servant wages last week.

He confessed that the country’s finances had been driven into the ground by 32 years of ruinous economic policy by despotic president Robert Mugabe, adding that Zimbabwe’s finances are so poor that it no longer has enough money to organise a constitutional referendum and election planned for later this year.

A decade ago Mr Mugabe began a policy of expropriating white-owned farmland and handing it over to black farmers.

4,000 white farmers were forcibly removed from their land in a move that destroyed investor confidence in the country.

This in turn left Zimbabwe as one of Africa’s poorest countries, despite previously being known as the continent’s fertile “bread basket”.

Three out of four people in Zimbabwe live on less than £1 a day and over half of the work force is unemployed.

In the late 2000s, Zimbabwe began printing additional money in a desperate move to improve its finances, but this led to hyperinflation of 230 million per cent, rendering its currency worthless. Zimbabwe now uses US dollars.

Mr Mugabe is 88-years-old and is rumoured to have pancreatic cancer.

He has been president of Zimbabwe since it became independent from the UK in 1980, and refuses to accept blame for the country’s dire economic situation, instead blaming it on western economic sanctions imposed in protest at his autocratic rule.
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Old 31-01-2013, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So, is it for sale? I'll offer 139 pounds, but I get to kick out all the blacks who occupy previous white owned farms and replace them with American Negros and an American President named Hillary Clinton. Secretary of State will remain in Mugabe's hands. He's done a great job.
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Zimbabwe’s finance minister has revealed the extent of the country’s economic plight by announcing it has just £138 remaining in its bank account.
Placing them in the Top 20 of richest countries in the World.
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At least they're still solvent...
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So, is it for sale? I'll offer 139 pounds, but I get to kick out all the blacks who occupy previous white owned farms and replace them with American Negros and an American President named Hillary Clinton. Secretary of State will remain in Mugabe's hands. He's done a great job.

I'll better your offer with a generous 140 pounds, and free burger chips and coke to the right man.

Seriously though, how does the economy survive at all?

Or does this prove that money is not real money, just an accounting and paper con job.

What's really keeping things going as Zimbabwe goes broke is in fact the black market entrenched in barter, real value trade and exchange.

Do the poor really benefit at all from accepted monetary currencies?

Apparently not, as estimates soar of how much trade goes on in black market under the counter deals, so called black labour (unregistered labour) all dodging the tax man, resulting in less revenue for increasingly corrupt governments globally.

It maybe time to shift to the recently revived proposals of a Marxist economic model and to abandon the interest loaded bank controlled economic structures that we presently operate.
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^ The answer is simple: Foreign Aid.
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Zimbabwe is richer than I am :'(
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foreign aid - biggest sham of the lot.

saying that, it does suit me rather well , living where I do an'all

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