Pindula:Today in the Past/1 February

From Pindula
  • 1 February 2002: "The British have decided to take us on through the MDC", President Robert Mugabe says at a rally ahead of the 2002 parliamentary elections slated for 9 - 12 March.
  • 1 February 2003: A crowded passenger train and a freight train collided head on and burst into flames in northwestern Zimbabwe, killing 40 people and injuring about 60. The wreckage was still burning 14 hours after the collision.
ZW $50,000 Bearer Cheque
  • 1 February 2005: 3 collapsed banks, Royal , Barbican and Trust banks, reopened on 31 January under the aegis of Zimbabwe Allied Banking Group (ZABG), a new umbrella banking group. ZABG was disbanded into 4 banks in September 2010.
  • 1 February 2006: Zimbabwe introduces a new 50,000-dollar equivalent bank note, after it conceding that runaway inflation would soon shoot up to a record 800%. The new bearer cheque is valid until December 2006.
  • 1 February 2008: 20 Air Zimbabwe engineers tender their resignations, and all leave immediately and the majority of them join Dubai Airlines. At the time, Air Zimbabwe engineers were earning between US$800 to US$ 1500, which the engineers felt was far too little as compared to their counterparts in the region.