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24 comments on “TEXT ONLY
  1. Trevor Royston says:

    Many thanks keping us well informed over the years.

  2. Ann Fairs says:

    Thank you both , so much, for bringing us the news for all those years

  3. Zvikaramba says:

    Thanx for updating us for so long. I am comfortable with the new format since I can now choose my main story first rather than scrolling, though I am being kept online as alluded by one writter

  4. Bongani says:

    Thank you Barbara for keeping us updated with news for so long.your sterling job will be appreciated for ever

  5. 0773011909 says:

    job weldone keep on

  6. Yvon Dube says:

    This is a wonderful website. Keep up the excellent work. Your services are highly appreciated.

  7. Tom Topping says:

    Thankyou Barbara and Karen for all your hard work over the many years

  8. Ray Houghton says:

    From me as well – have enjoyed your excellent work and sterling coverage for many years. After my daily Google News, I would immediately look forward to my ration of Zimbabwe Situation. Thank you very much!

  9. Zimbali says:

    I have been an avid reader of your website for many years. Thank you Barbara and Karen and may you both enjoy your well deserved retirement. To the new editors, the best of luck and keep up the good work.

    • kingston dutiro says:

      Its been a long drawn battle and you lost. I am astounded by your spiritted racist endeavours to derail our efforts at asserting our sovereignty. Retire in misery just as your successors too will follow suit.

      • Rhodey says:

        Dutiro
        – the ladies did not lose a battle, they retired. Your being astounded is because you are unable to grasp the fact that the articles were factual, gathered from around the world.Being unable to grasp the truth or make an enlightened
        conclusion points to your short comings.The stupidity of your comment is easily discerned by all except you, who wrote the drivel. Do try and engage your brain prior to letting your finger hit the keyboard

  10. maidmarion says:

    Thank you so much for your faithfulness and diligence to keep us informed

  11. Tjingababili says:

    What could we do without you! Invaluable service to Zimbabwe!

  12. Dorothy Vahey says:

    Thank you for bringing back muckraker. My favourite!

  13. Victor Mukandatsama says:

    i appreciate you continuing with the site but two things

    1.please bring back the text version on website.
    2. secondly please send the email edition before 7am.

    regards

  14. washie says:

    How much there were going to have if the job was done

  15. Trustee says:

    I do not think this is the original Zimbabwe Situation. I have a tgheory – after shutting down after the July elections, Zimpapers continued. Can’t help to speculate as all headlines are from the Herald.

    • ZimSitRep_J says:

      With respect, untrue.

      Barbara Goss did a monumental task on ZimSit and the good lady has passed on a hefty baton.

      Three quick points:
      1) Barbara hasn’t yet been fully recognised for her effort. So thank you for taking the time to drop a fair criticism on the recent effort.
      2) State media has a place – especially when we’re able to amplify positive moves (on which our children might benefit) or really bad moves (on which current custodians can offer either countervailing argument or real action). On both accounts we try for balance with a deep distrust for the current political leadership of Zimbabwe and a genuine hope that this history is rewritten in time.
      3) The new editorial “team” has been very much involved with this effort since early 2000 – the task isn’t finished.

      It might pay to skim the full set of headlines and comments each day.

      Many thanks again for your note.

  16. DL says:

    This is a test to see if my comment shows up.

  17. Mixed Race says:

    I liked the way the headlines were shown last year NOT the new system since you went to your new premises.I find it hard to trace issues and previous comments.

  18. Ghostwriter SRJ says:

    Hi guys thank you for keeping us updated on the Zim situation lets not loose hope

  19. Ghostwriter SRJ says:

    Enough is enough
    Im a 29yr old woman who has finally managed to break free from the political bondage that Zimbabwe is facing. I hope to be a voice for my voiceless people because we have suffered for long and in silence and I believe we deserve to be freed.
    Zimbabweans are a very docile nation, very obedient and non violent and in as much as this is a good characteristic its working to our disadvantage in that the government has corrupted our economy they do what they want and they know we will not raise our heads or question we just want peace and to be alive that’s what drives us. We are dead inside lost all hope and we feel neglected.
    I believe this docile behavior was brought upon the fear they instilled in us if you raise your head to question you disappear. They did it publicly to the whole world when they took the MDC opposition leader and only because of the international intervention they later released him tortured and wounded That was the breaking point for us we saw how hopeless and weak we were. What more of a mere civilian who tries to raise their head they just disappear and we know but we move on with our lives and ignore because we fear.
    The old man’s policies to some extent had democratic intentions but were abused and left us exposed to the world eg the famous land reform which put Zimbabwe in the spotlight. We thought it was a reform where we were saying let’s share the land in a win-win situation that would benefit both the white farmers who were good at what they do and trained and also benefit the Zimbabwean nation. Greed took over and this reform was used as a political incentive, all what happened in the end was the political leaders who did not know a thing about farming, replaced the whites and we as the nation stood to gain nothing if anything we were left worse off. Government officials took over 90% of the good farms some having more than five each and a small portion was redistributed to the people. To the world we appeared as ruthless greedy people who reaped were we did not saw, the land takeover was done in a violent manner with some white farmers being killed and those who were lucky fleeing off. They did it and we did not and if anything we are now suffering the consequences of that operation. Our agriculture sector is dead thousands of people were left jobless i.e. the farm workers and those who worked in the agriculture and manufacturing industry , a lot of resources are idle most farms aren’t being used to full capacity.
    The indigenization policy another greed policy that they also used as a political incentive yes let’s get 51% stake holding in all foreign owned companies do we have the money to buy into the shareholding and who is buying the stake Zimbabwe or them for their personal investment. This policy just poisoned our foreign policy relations more as foreign investors find no incentive to invest if anything they do not trust us what if tomorrow we change and want more shareholding. We are shunned investors avoid us at all costs because of our greedy policies. How many people get employed when these companies operate the development they bring infrastructure attention they attract from other investors who will also want to invest. Are we better off without them or worse off?
    Of late they adopted the foreign policy relations by going East to the Chinese for help. This was a desperate measure to partner with a foreign ally and indirectly sell us off in the hope of finding solace since they are under sanctions with the Western powers. This policy is killing our already dead economy the Chinese are taking over be it in manufacturing, construction and mining they are being contracted to do shoddy jobs e.g. in construction poor quality roads and buildings and then in mining they are given first preference to contracts and they are benefiting. There is no future in this relationship once they have exploited our resources they will dump us. They do not have our development at heart they are just exploiting us.
    Tsvangirai seemed to be our only hope backed by the international power that’s how he managed to oppose and last for a while but you gave up on us elections were rigged through and through for the two running’s we had and no one came to our rescue. On the outside to a third party looking on just because we don’t demonstrate against the results it didn’t mean we were happy but to us it was just more proof to us on how powerful the regime was. They were powerful enough to manipulate the elections and convince the international society that the elections were free and fair.
    Now where is Tsvangirai, was he the best solution, we applaud him for trying, he went through a lot especially on the first running death was supposed to be his penalty for standing up against them but they finished him and reduced him to nothing and now we are back to square one hopeless again. We have just given up and we wait on fate maybe when the old man dies but who knows it might be worse whoever is going to replace him will be from his corrupted pool. They have made sure there is no other party in opposition waiting in line.
    Where has our spirit gone?
    We are a dead hopeless and now a self centered nation just as long as I have food on my table and a roof over my head I’m content. To those who want more join the Zanu Pf and get riches ie indigenization loans, farms, jobs at the expense of the entire nation. No cares anymore the gap between the rich and the poor widens by the day as corruption and greed continue to kill our economy. If you want to survive join the Zanu pf party or else mind your own business and suffer in silence. To those of us who manage to escape and go to greener pastures we turn our backs and ignore.

    Time for a change
    I was born raised and now surviving under this leadership of one man who can’t be challenged and who has made us suffer with no remorse we pick ourselves up we compromise and find alternatives to survive and we don’t fight back what do we get in return our perseverance and tolerance is slapped back on our faces.
    Is this what we were born to be is that what we went to school for all that money we spent our hard earned little funds that we invested in education and if you are lucky enough to get a job you get paid eg as a teacher $350 and you are content. I am working as part time, general dinning services assistant, at my college 20/hrs a week but earning more than I ever earned in my 6yrs as a degreed accountant, is that life.
    Enough is enough we need help we need intervention someone needs to stand up against Zanu PF they have had their run benefited and they need to let go. We are a peaceful, educated nation and we deserve to be respected please do not mistake our silence for contentment or happiness we are just tolerating and we are in fear. We are suffering from emotional political abuse we are survivors we have been through the worst and we endured that’s what drives us.
    I am advocating for redemption from humanitarian overseers do not overlook us just because we do not demonstrate and be violent. We have been stripped off all power to do that they instilled fear in us I would have not been able to write this article in Zimbabwe their intelligence are everywhere there is no right to speak if you raise your head you disappear. I am trying to be the voice for my people it’s been 33yrs and we deserve to be free from this bondage it’s not a crime to be obedient.
    Zimbabwe is a little piece of haven I believe most that have fled miss home but we did what we did to survive to be free and most just look on from afar for they have lost hope. The country is gifted from our weather to the peaceful people to our resources. The small country is loaded with resources ie rich farming land, minerals (of late diamonds have been discovered and are being mined) and tourist attractions. The potential is next to non with the right leadership the economy can be resuscitated. There are a lot of untapped markets with the few operational markets being monopolized by the government officials who own the companies.
    The whole government system, with foreign intervention needs to be replaced and a new one put in place and we amend our foreign relations. Yes it’s our land, yes they are our resources but let’s admit we do not know it all, where are we now, still developing in 33yrs! We need help and we need advice lets work with and learn from those who did it. Coming to America has been an eye opener for me I chose not to be selfish and rather inspire my people in giving them hope in what we could be. There is more to that life of misery that we have adopted and accepted. They are blinding us from reality and in the process abusing us they are the enemy and not the West.
    Look at South Africa we gained independence way before them but look at the mileage they gained on us .We might despise them and say the whites are manipulating them but how many Zimbabweans are seeking refuge from them, how many Zimbabweans are working there and how many of us are applying for jobs at this moment in South Africa. Are the South Africans suffering? Pride with an empty stomach will not take us anywhere surely we can’t have our grand children be ruled by the same man who ruled us from when we were born and suffer the same pain we went through.
    We might have lost hope but for our generations to come there is still hope and it’s not too late.

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