Zimbabweans 'obsessed with politics'

2012-07-02 13:51
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Cape Town - Outgoing US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray says Zimbabweans are too preoccupied with politics and artificial cultural divisions, which is "harmful to peaceful co-existence and development", Newsday reported on Monday.

According to the report, Ray said he had discovered that this preoccupation with political discourse came at the expense of development issues.

"I have noticed over the past three years that politics dominates every conversation. It’s as if nothing else matters," Ray said during a public discussion forum in Harare.

"I know that political decisions can affect our lives - bad economic decisions can raise prices, drive away investment and cost jobs, but it’s really the day-to-day personal decisions we all make that truly determine our lives. I’m not saying you should ignore politics, but put it in its proper place, somewhere out there, and use more of your energy in building a better local environment."

He said, however, that he was optimistic the country had a bright future, which "is due in large part to the overwhelmingly energetic, dedicated, and intelligent young people - people who make up the majority of Zimbabwe’s population".

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