Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and developments held a presser this morning to give an insight on the Global Week of Action on Inequality which ends today.

Some Zimbabweans are more equal than others

Executive Director of ZIMCODD, Janet Zhou highlighted there is lack of equality in Zimbabwe and that this is the that cannot be denied. “ It is a fact that some Zimbabweans are more equal than others but we cannot just sit back and ignore such inequality in our motherland.” Said Zhou. She added that the level of inequality now needs global attention because this ‘monster is damaging the societies.

The struggle is for the poor

According to Zhou inequality in Zimbabwe was also portrayed during last week’s protests. “Protests loomed in high-density residential areas and none was recorded in leafy suburbs. A Whatsapp joke was circulating with a message that read “Borrowdale is concerned about the ongoing protests in their neighboring country, Zimbabwe.”She went on to explain that this was a clear sign are not affected by the socio-economic woes bedeviling the country.

The wealth  generated last year went to the rich

In addition, poverty is also one of the issues they raised and that about 5 million people are living in poverty. Zhou also alluded to the fact that the elite in Zimbabwe lives large at the expense of the poor because they somehow manage to dodge the tax burden. She added that there is an unfair distribution of tax in Zimbabwe. “In the recent penetrating Oxfam report launched as political and, business elites gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 82% of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population.” Read the statement. ZIMCODD suggests that the government must conduct a lifestyle audit of the rich and this must be done without fear and favor.

To add on, the government has been urged to invest in increasing the participation of women and the youth in politics and governance. The government has also been urged to review the 2% tax and to make policies that cater for the poverty-stricken.