Zimbabwe’s government plans to declare a national emergency over food shortages as the United Nations warned the situation is worsening at an “alarming” pace and price-spikes for basic commodities are looming.
“We are going to announce to the world the hunger we’re facing,” Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told lawmakers in the capital, Harare, on Thursday. “We have drought in this country and it is a pending disaster,” he said. President Robert Mugabe will make the announcement in days, he said.
About 1.5 million of Zimbabwe’s 12 million people currently need emergency food assistance, and that number may triple this year, said Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira on Feb. 1.
“The situation is deteriorating at an alarming rate," Eddie Rowe, an official with the UN’s World Food Program, said in Harare on Feb. 2.
When you see the word "shortages," you know there are price controls.
Zimbabwe is a perfect example of a country where central planning is on steroids, There needs to be a Zimbabwean Economic Miracle, similar to the German Economic Miracle that followed after World War 2.