'Mat North Zim's poorest province'

MUTARE - Matabeleland North is fast becoming entrenched as Zimbabwe’s  most poverty-stricken province, a World Vision study has found.

World Vision communications officer Tawanda Makawa said the country’s poorest districts were Nkayi and Lupane which have poverty rates of 95,6 percent and 92,9 percent respectively.

“Poverty was found to be most prevalent in Matabeleland North, 85,7 percent, while it was least prevalent in Harare, 36,4 percent, and Bulawayo, 37,2 percent,” Makawa told a Zimbabwe Union of Journalists-convened training session on poverty reporting at a city hotel last week.

The rest of the provinces had poverty prevalence rates ranging between 65 percent and 76 percent, he said.

Marondera at 43,4 percent and Gweru 45,5 percent are considered the most affluent districts, the World Vision official said.

He however, said poverty was prevalent in both urban and rural areas.

Makawa said in total, 72 percent of Zimbabwe’s population lives below the poverty datum line as they live on less than $1,25 a day.

“30 percent of the rural poor are also considered to be either ‘food poor’ or ‘extremely poor’,” Makawa said.

He added that poverty has been worsening over the years as it increased from 63 percent in 2003 to 76 percent in 2014 at the back of recurrent droughts, economic distress and agricultural sector restructuring.

“Rural Zimbabweans are now largely buying their food from the traditional norm of producing their own food,” Makawa said.

He said the worsening poverty levels are also making the country more vulnerable to the impact of recurrent droughts that has left over 4 million Zimbabweans classified as vulnerable.

“The figure is expected to rise to 5,2 million by January 2017,” he said.

Comments (3)

I wonder how the politicians from Mat North will react to this, or they are too occupied with the gravy train to bother. How could this be when Mat North is the bastion of tourism?? Its because almost 90% of employees in tourism services like hotels and safari operators are from other provinces, especially Mashonaland. Look at Hwange Colliery, its a mini Masvingo. Who then employs the locals??? All the money that the workers get is shipped out to enrich their provinces of origin. Yet not even a single Zanu PF politician from Mat North has the guts to raise this issue. What will be the end result?? Hotel chains like Africa Sun and Rainbow have more than 50% of their hotels in Matebeleland, yet staff compliment who originate from those provinces constitute less than 10%. VUKANI MANDEBELE!!! Kumbe owaliloyayo wafa kudala!!!!

MR COOPER - 20 December 2016

Ask thyself: What sins are we guity of? Don't just wail the loudest.

Question Mark - 23 December 2016

Ask thyself: What sins are we guity of? Don't just wail the loudest.

Question Mark - 23 December 2016

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