Zim faces total collapse

With Robert Mugabe on a month’s holiday, Zimbabwe was showing increasing signs of total collapse.There was...

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With Robert Mugabe on a month’s holiday, <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> was showing increasing signs of total collapse.

There was no trading on the Harare Stock Exchange, schools would not open as planned next week because last year’s papers had not been marked and cholera was killing more than a score of people daily.

They wanted to arrange that parents pay school fees in foreign currency because <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> dollars had become worthless and they were not sure that teachers would arrive for classes.

Their stock exchange was not trading because brokers had not complied with new regulations, which required them to get bank guarantees for all shares traded.

The World Health Organisation said 21 people died of cholera in <place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> on Tuesday, bringing the number of those killed to 1 700 from the disease since August.