Zimbabwe: Cases of suicide are on the increase in Zimbabwe with police attributing it to among others economic challenges. Zimbabwe is facing severe economic challenges that include a high unemployment rate and acute cash shortages.
It is common knowledge that the Zimbabwean economy continues on a free-fall. What with the ill-timed recent labour ruling. With close to 90% of Zimbabwean adults not working, the turmoil in marriages and people’s lives can only be imagined.
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said more men were killing themselves than women.
She was quoted by the state-run news agency New Ziana on Thursday as saying that at least 489 men committed suicide in 2016 compared to 348 in 2015 while 147 women committed suicide in 2016 compared to 126 in 2015.
She said the high number of suicide among men was a result of stress, which was related to bread winning roles as well as general expectations by society where men are expected to provide for their families.
According to Newsday, Between January and July 2015, Zimbabawe High Court records indicate that a staggering 1 102 couples registered to end their marriages at the High Court in Harare and Bulawayo. This effectively translates to 157 couples divorcing every month and 40 divorcing every week.
The story is the same with suicide records. Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency records indicate a worrisome trend in the increase of suicides over the last few months. A non-governmental organisation, Varume Svinurai/Vukani Madoda, said its research had shown that 55% of suicide cases in Zimbabwe were committed by men.
According to New China, a high profile case of suspected suicide occurred last month when career civil servant and former State Procurement Board chairperson Charles Kuwaza plunged to his death from the 9th floor of a high rise Harare building. He was facing charges of criminal abuse of power and fraud involving 1 million U.S. dollars.
Addressing a panel at the just concluded World Economic Forum on Africa held in Durban, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe denied that the country is in a fragile state.
Mugabe told the panel that despite Zimbabwe having problems, it’s not in a fragile state. He pointed out some of his country’s past achievements, like a literacy rate of 90% which, according to him, is the highest in Africa.
Mugabe has also denied that Zimbabwe is a poor country, highlighting its bumper maize harvest for this season as an example of its riches.After South Africa, Mugabe claims Zimbabwe is the most developed country on the African continent.