Zimbabweans Stagger Into 2011

The country’s bloated civil service workforce last year received a bonus – their first time in United States dollars since Independence in 1980.

Their paltry salaries of about US$150 were doubled to US$300 each for juniors.

Zimbabwe adopted a multi currency system and abandoned its worthless dollar which had seen inflation rising to world unprecedented levels in 2008.

In separate interviews at various watering holes in Harare revellers said they were very happy that 2010 was past but felt 2011 could be worse because of planned elections.

“I am worried about the forthcoming elections,” said Dimbo Josiah a media consultant in an exclusive interview. “However we need one leader and this inclusive government thing has failed us. May be we should go for the elections and finish the job once and for all.”

At The Balcony Night Club in down town Harare, DJ Tommy Dutch said: “2010 was good and I believe 2011 could be better for us here. We had a full house on Xmas Day and Eve and on New Year’s Eve. We had Tich Mataz and other DJs to spice up our line up with music – mainly Old School.”

He said their night club had been filled to capacity and they had to close their doors early.

At Chez Ntemba International Night Club doors were closed as early as 10 pm on both Christmas and New Years Eve. Chez has become Zimbabwe’s leading night club with two dancing floors for rhumba and R&B customers. The place is rather expensive but one gets their money’s worth, according to customers who frequent the joint.

At Sports Diner Night Club the “DJ Ironic” said in an interview that he had enjoyed 2010 but that 2011 would provide much better entertainment for his home place.

“I think we are heading for good times,” he said in an interview. “While I enjoyed 2010, I think 2011 will be better.”

At Celebration Church, Chief Pastor, Tom Deuschle told his full gathering that 2011 would be more challenging and that they would need to help the church with various projects.

The managing director of Sports Diner, Kudakwashe Matutu said he hoped 2011 would bring more business for his partners.

“I think this will be a better tear,” he said in an interview. “The past is past and the New Year should be great.”

So while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted the economy to grow by only 7 percent this year, Zimbabweans did not worry but danced the night away.

Biti, brushed aside the statistics released by the Washington-based IMF saying the economy could grow by as much as 9 percent this year.

“It will be difficult but we will try,” Biti said. “We cannot lose hope. We will have to work very hard in order to bring back the glory of the past.”