A picture that went viral on social media in Zimbabwe at the end of last week reminded many of an equally famous picture from 2007 of a young ... boy smiling as he carried wads of notes at the height of the country’s hyperinflation.
“As tall as he is, if he continues to do that I will kick him out of the country,” thundered Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe ... in 2008, his anger aimed at the then United States ambassador James McGee after the diplomat questioned the results of Zimbabwe’s 2008 general elections.
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Of all the legacies of colonialism, one of those which has most hampered economic growth and the alleviation of poverty is fragmentation – ... neighbours with different currencies, regulations enabling trade with Europe but not with other Africans, and a neglect of intra-African transport and infrastructure links to facilitate this trade.