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Mugabe jolted into action


PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will on Tuesday deliver a state of the nation address in Parliament amid pressure for his government to halt the economic crisis that is spiralling out of control.


Mugabe’s last state of the nation address was delivered at the height of hyper-inflation in 2007 when the Zimbabwe dollar crashed to record lows while inflation figures shot through the roof.

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Harare West MP Jessie Majome (MDC-T) prodded Mugabe to act when she recently told Parliament that Section 140 of the Constitution compelled the President to address a joint sitting of the Houses to give a state of the nation address.

Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda yesterday confirmed Mugabe’s address on Tuesday.

“It’s true, there will be a national address by His Excellency in a joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday 26th. The President is the one who is addressing and I don’t know the context of his speech,” Chokuda said.

Political analyst Ibbo Mandaza said the address should focus on issues like the economy, political situation and the labour issue, among others. He, however, warned that the country should not expect too much from Mugabe’s speech.

Political analyst Takura Zhangazha said focus should be on real issues and Mugabe must avoid turning it into mere routine rhetoric.

“The President should ideally focus on issues to do with the poor state of the national economy in relation to job creation, social service provision, the imminent food shortage due to poor harvests of the last agricultural season and making the Constitution democratically meaningful,” Zhangazha said.

MDC-T chief whip Innocent Gonese said Mugabe’s speech should focus on the failing economy and the ongoing job cuts, among other burning issues.

“It’s a provision of the Constitution that the President should come and give a state of the nation address,” Gonese said.
MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu challenged Mugabe to use the occasion to publicly admit his Zanu PF government’s failure to address the worsening economic crisis.

“As the country’s largest and most popular political party, the MDC expects Robert Mugabe to own up and accept that the wheels of the economy have virtually come off in Zimbabwe,” Gutu said.

“We expect him to take note of the unprecedented dismissal of thousands of employees as a result of the Supreme Court judgment of July 15, 2015.

Zanu PF national spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo could not be reached for comment.

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  1. “Mugabe is still respected as an old man and he still makes very interesting bombastic speeches that are applauded for their entertainment value and which are full of sound and fury but signifying precious little at the level of policy and action” quoting one politician.

  2. A President, two vice presidents, a blotted government and two houses for the legislature with ministries even for chickens and goats brooding over a human population barely 10 million (the size of London) but producing nothing but strife and agony for the citizens. What are these guys doing… I wonder?

  3. mugabe the most educated president iDOFO.Aipasa nekukopa.he killed 20000 people he must be jailed on earth and in heaven

  4. He must just come to resign like what the Greece PM does , he must resign to Parliament . I think that will be a great idea and achievement in his life

  5. The headlines and the content of the article do not collate. This kind of journalism is truely suffocating the profession….

  6. What is there for him to address. The man is just not ashamed of himself. He imposed himself on the people of Zim. As far as l am concerned, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai of MDC T is the legitimate President of Zimbabwe. He has something better to tell the people of Zimbabwe only if this lunatic, Mugabe can give him audience. Please Mugabe we beg you in the name of God to let Mr Tsvangirai address the people of Zimbabwe. Mugabe you do not have anything meaningful to say to the people of Zimbabwe becoz you are not legit. Your stepping down is long overdue. You have tarnished your image all you are doing now is making it worse. Shame on you Mugabe.

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