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Zimbabwe’s Vice President blames whites for dire economic situation

Zimbabwe's vice president, Kembo Mohadi, has blamed white people for the country's poor economic situation. Zimbabwe has been in recession since independence from Britain in 1980 because the former colonial masters had not taught them how to do business, Mohadi told ZBC TV.

Published: July 9, 2020, 6:44 am

    Harare

    The locals only knew how to run shebeens [where alcoholic beverages are sold illegally] and general stores. “The white man gave us no knowledge of how to run the economy,” he complained. The poor economic situation is therefore not the government’s fault.

    The country’s land redistribution programme, which included expropriation of white-owned farms, has resulted in political instability, hyperinflation and the collapse of the currency.

    The Zimbabwean dollar, which was previously set at 1-1 with the American dollar, now has only one percent of its original value, the South African online portal News24 reported. Zimbabwe is currently one of the poorest economies in the world. More than 4,3 million rural residents are affected by food insecurity even though Zimbabwe had an adult literacy rate of 88 percent in 2014.

    According to 2012 Census report, 99,6 percent of the population is of African origin. Of the rest of the population, the great bulk — perhaps 30 000 persons — were white Zimbabweans of European ancestry, a tiny minority which has dwindled since.

    A familiar scene: Zimbabwean taxi transporting used cooking oil known as “fish oil” and other items from South Africa to the Beitbridge border. Photo supplied

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    • Nexusfast123

      No need for any more confirmation that these people beyond help.

    • PHILLIP – ” Remembrance “

      One can only work at failures when you take responsibility for them. To blame this on colonialists and their failure to teach business acumen is a cop out. Zimbabwe has been a failed country for more years that I care to remember and it has nothing to do with white people, it has to do with your governments inability to grow the economy and create job opportunities.

    • Sheila Carrigan

      40 years to learn how to run an economy//// 88% literacy rate READ A BOOK ABOUT IT. The blame game has to stop. You wanted it you GOT IT now work it.

    • dan zaharie

      yes
      chase away the whites and you will starve

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