Zimbabwe PM decries 'poisonous politics'

2012-04-25 17:52

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Clinton too junior to criticise Mugabe, says aide
Clinton too junior to criticise Mugabe, says aide

US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is too junior to criticise President Robert Mugabe, who "relates to sitting heads of states and not aspiring candidates", his spokesperson has reportedly said.

Harare - Zimbabwe's prime minister says the nation's "bad and poisonous politics" have held back recovery and investment in the troubled economy.

Morgan Tsvangirai, a critic of a zealous black empowerment program by President Robert Mugabe's party, said on Wednesday the three-year coalition "has bickered more than it has collaborated" to spur economic growth.

Mugabe's party has vowed to seize 51% control for blacks of foreign and white-owned businesses. Tsvangirai, visiting a trade exposition in the second city of Bulawayo, said discord and "toxic" policies over the control of businesses frightened off investors willing to rebuild collapsed industries and power and other utilities.

A decade of economic meltdown followed seizures of thousands of white-owned farms.

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