The year which has just barely gone was another annus horribillis for Zimbabwe and its people. The trend is emerging every year end things are getting worser and worser than the preceding years its no doubt that 2007 was one of the worst year since independence. 2007 saw the worst human rights abuses ever witnessed in Zimbabwe, on the 11th of March 2007 police intercepted a planned peaceful prayer meeting, killed three MDC activists, arrested more than 150 opposition party leaders including MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai who along with other national leaders were severely beaten and tortured in police custody as Mugabe's murderous police acted with impunity and disregard for the rule of law. This triggered worldwide condemnation and also led to SADC appointing Thabo Mbeki of South Africa as the mediator between MDC and Zanu PF.
In economic terms 2007 will again go down as the worst year in the memory of Zimbabweans it was a year of empty shelves and bank queues . Inflation reached 8000% officially but the correct figure is about 150000%. Shortages of basics like bread, milk and meat worsened following a controversial 50-per-cent price slash in July, which saw gleeful shoppers, some of them policeman, army officials, and Zanu PF kleptocrasy empty shops, wholesalers and fuel stations. More than 23 000 businessmen, informal traders and shop owners were arrested for defying price controls which had led to a run on the retail businesses that then failed to restock. An easing of the pricing crackdown may have led to a gradual restocking of shelves, but there then followed a severe shortage of cash with limits on withdrawals resulting in big queues at banks and dispensing machines.
600 people were left homeless as result of some freak floods last year, 61 people also killed by road accidents during the past festive season.2007 will surely be year that we want to to see the back of. On the other hand this year will be a year that Zimbabwe will banish the Zanu PF to political history as the African ruling party that bankrupted a nation.