Which of the following is not a reason or factor given by Tarisayi 2009 (cited in the study guide)
for Zimbabwe’s economic crisis starting in the 1990s?
1. The government authorised the unconstitutional occupation of white-owned commercial
2. The war veterans were given unbudgeted payments in compensation for their role in the
Zimbabwean liberation struggle.
3. The government spent money on sending Zimbabwean troops to the DRC to help the
Congolese government fight the rebels.
4. The economy was suffering from the effects of Western sanctions on Zimbabwe because
Western governments opposed the land reform programme.
The war veterans in Zimbabwe demanded compensation which was given to them. H.E Robert Mugabe agreed to give them Z$25,000 each. The compensation amounted to 20,000 US dollars which never led to the significant economic crisis. Therefore, according to Tarisayi, the compensation to the veterans never led to the economic crisis in Zimbabwe. Therefore, choice 2 is correct.