Zimbabwe’s Inflation Reaches 31% As Government Continues To Ignore The Currency Crisis

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Despite all the hollow assurances from both the Minister of Finance and his counterpart the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s governor, there is an economic crisis in Zimbabwe. Their ineffectual policies are not working and we have veritable proof: the inflation rate increased to 31% in the month of November.

Most Zimbabweans are very familiar with the monster called inflation. They are intimate with its painful effects which we all had to endure during the 2008 crisis. If you are for some reason not familiar with it ,inflation measures the general rise in prices. Considering the continued increase in prices that we experience in shops on a daily basis the increase in the inflation rate should not come as a surprise.

According to ZIMSTAT the Consumer Price Index rate of 31% represents a 10.16% rise in annual inflation which stood at 20.85 percent in October having risen by 16.44 % when compared to September rate. The surge was brought about by panic buying, shortages and rushed polices that drove mainly food prices up. The good news is that month on month inflation only decreased by 7.24% compared to the previous month’s rate.

When contacted for comment the Finance Minister had this to say:

“We are confident of growth indicators and it is just a matter of time before all can be restored to glory days,” he said.

It is not clear what glory days the minister is referring to here. I tend to view 2009-2013 as years of reprieve rather than glory days. The 90s were ESAP years and my parents curse their memory too. Maybe the 80s then.

Jokes aside: let me unequivocally state that unless the current currency crisis is resolved and the government of Zimbabwe stops overspending we are headed for a full meltdown no matter what those at the rudder continue to say. We can all see the iceberg and the Titanic is about to sink.



  1. Douglas Shoko

    What else should be done Mr Writer?

    1. Garikai Dzoma

      Resolve the currency crisis and arrest government spending

      1. MWALIMU

        How should this currency crisis be resolved? You have 9 billion dollars domestic debt, the moment the exchange rate is liberalized this debt will assume a 10 fold figure and inflation will be back at million percentage points. Present the solutions. The country is in a mess because of Zanu and a guy comes in to try and salvage the situation, everybody turns on him and forgets that the mess was created by Zanu

        1. Garikai Dzoma

          Float the bond note for starters. Pegging it is like trying to create a damn by cupping your hands. It is delaying the inevitable. All this would never have happened had they lived within their means. They are plundering people’s balances to “allocate” Forex but it’s not working

          1. Imi Vanhu Musadaro

            Everytime someone says, “float the bond note”, they must be reminded that bond notes and coins account for less than a billion dollars. It’ll do almost nothing to solve the problem at hand. That is after we ignore the legislation putting it at 1:1, and the Afreximbank backing facility (if it actually exists). Legally, at the end of the life of a bond note, the holder should be able to redeem it for USD at face value.

            Bank balances aren’t a currency, they are a record of how much the bank owes you, it is not RTGS money. Not everyone got money into their account via transfers. Technically these can’t be “devalued”, again for legal issues.

            The problem is the money that government “took” from nostro accounts. It must be returned, otherwise even if you re-dollarise, it’ll be taken again and again and again.

            1. Garikai Dzoma

              I know floating the bond note against the USD will not solve everything but it will do something. It will force this vile government from spending what it does not have otherwise the current scenario will see them take us deeper as they continue to dish RTGS and bonds

  2. Ruramai

    Izvi zvavekuda Mwari munhu haangazvikwanise

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