Angus Shaw, Washington Examiner, September 1, 2011
A top research group on Thursday rated Zimbabwe’s capital as the worst of 140 world cities in which to live.
The British-based Economist Intelligence Unit said its researchers excluded cities in Libya, Iraq and other war zones.
Harare, where power and water outages occur daily, scored a 38 percent “livability rating,” the group said.
The group said the threat of civil unrest and the availability of public health care and public transport in Harare were intolerable. Energy and water supplies were undesirable, it said, calling phones and Internet services uncomfortable.
Zimbabwe formed a shaky coalition government in 2009 after years of political violence and economic meltdown.
The research group is a respected economic and risk consultancy linked to the Economist magazine.
Cities across sub-Saharan Africa had an average livability rating of 50 percent, compared to 92 percent in Western Europe and 91 percent in North America.