Zim independence celebrations have become meaningless – opposition

2016-04-18 13:59


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Harare - Zimbabwe's independence celebrations have become meaningless, due to long-time President Robert Mugabe's misrule, opposition parties have said, according to reports on Monday.

The opposition parties claimed that Mugabe, 92, had destroyed the country’s economy, despite inheriting it at an advanced stage in 1980, New Zimbabwe reported.

The southern African country celebrated 36 years of independence on Monday.

Zimbabwe has suffered years of economic collapse and mass emigration during an era marked by intolerance of dissent, vote rigging and accusations of human rights abuses.

Reports indicated that the country’s economy entered a tailspin after the launch of controversial land reforms 16 years ago. By 2008, inflation had officially peaked at 231 million percent, before the government stopped counting.

According to ousted vice president Joice Mujuru, the country’s fight, and triumph, for its liberation had gone to waste due to the misrule of the Zanu-PF party. 

"Thirty-six years after independence, we celebrate a revolution that has lost its glow and direction. The ruthless monster (Zanu-PF) has run out of ideas and is now devouring its own children," Mujuru was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, NewsDay reported that people in most parts of the country had been coerced by Zanu-PF supporters to make cash contributions towards this year’s independence celebrations. 

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  joice mujuru  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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