Zimbabwe

Mugabe urged to act over economic crisis

2014-02-06 10:04
President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Cape Town - Zimbabwe's ex-finance minister, who defected from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, has reportedly called on the veteran leader to “come out of his closet” and provide direction on the economic crisis gripping the country.

The call comes as Zimbabweans continue to suffer under immense economic hardships, amid reports of massive corruption in the country’s public sector, where directors are reportedly receiving huge salaries amounting to as much as $230 000 a month.

Mugabe’s aide George Charamba has also been reportedly fingered in these scandalous revelations.

According to newzimbabwe.com, Makoni said Mugabe, as the country’s first citizen, had the responsibility to act on these corrupt activities, adding that the 89-year-old leader was “in the loop and probably turned a blind eye”.

The former finance minister said Mugabe should “say something” because the nation was in a state of paralysis, said the report.

Dialogue

Makoni is not the only one who has called for action relating to the country's economic woes. Movement for Democratic Change secretary general Tendai Biti recently called upon Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party to consider dialogue between the two parties to help rescue the economy from total collapse.

Biti told reporters in Harare that his party was open to dialogue over forming another coalition administration. But Zanu-PF quickly rejected the motion, saying the MDC was "welcome to help set the country’s struggling economy, but only from the opposition benches in Parliament”.

Zanu-PF’s spokesperson Rugare Gumbo conceded that the economic situation looked "dire" but said the framework was in place for a turnaround that would necessarily take some time, said the report.

The MDC worked with Zanu-PF in a unity government following the violent 2008 elections. The coalition, which ended after Zanu-PF won the 31 July disputed elections, was credited for easing a collapsing economy.

- News24

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