SADC diplomats fear Zimbabwe may abuse its new positions to settle old scores with Europe, at the expense of the continent.
A recent World Bank report says almost half of Zimbabweans run small businesses on the side.
Even the finance minister does not know where to find the cash to pay the state's pressing obligations.
A Zanu-PF politician is demanding millions for introducing controversial businessman Billy Rautenbach to key state officials.
With no stimulus or currency measures at hand, the Zimbabwean government can do little but watch the downward spiral.
Bitter reality defies all talk of a new leader or movement to break the political stalemate in Zimbabwe.
Flooding in Zimbabwe has stranded thousands of families, and the government cannot cope with sheltering them.
Details of a deal for an upmarket estate outside Harare for well-off state officials are secret.
There seems to be no rush to use the new currencies as retailers struggle with small change.
The MDC leader is intent on rebuilding his credibility — and quashing internal dissent.