Mugabe slates diaspora breadwinners

HARARE - In a speech full of hardline rhetoric and aggressive anti-Western sentiments, President Mugabe used Heroes Day celebrations to fire a broadside at millions of Zimbabweans fleeing his misrule and taking sanctuary in the North Atlantic bloc.
"Iwe unotendeuka uchitiratidza gotsi z

uva ranhasi, pako ndepapi? Iwe mutema anomhanya, hezvo semumvana wenguruve. Kutiza nyika yako wakananga uko Ngirandi.
Unozivikanwa nani ikoko? Kunova muranda kune nyika yevamwe! Hezvo mava kutinhwa semombe wani kuti dzokerai kwenyu. Munofanira kuyeuka kuti zuva ranhasi rakakupai nyika yamuri kuramba,” Mugabe said in apparent reference to the forced deportation of hundreds of failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers by the British government.
Observers pointed out that the majority of Zimbabweans at home were only surviving because of the resources sent back by relatives abroad.
A spokesman of the main wing of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said Mugabe’s “ignorance and arrogance” about the issues affecting the country was “encyclopaedic.”
“Mugabe is the foremost reason why we have this brain drain,” said MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa. “Mugabe is the author of the exodus. It’s an insult for him to start attacking and denigrating them.”
He said the president’s speech was ample evidence that he had “lost the plot”. For example, Mugabe stated: “Let us give due support to the currency reform measures recently announced by the monetary authorities and shun the compulsive tendency to cheat and engage in despicable underhand dealings which only worsen the agony of our people and further delay our economic policy reforms,” adding that knocking off three zeros from the country’s currency was just the beginning of a revolution that would strengthen the country’s tattered currency.
In pointed remarks targeted at Botswana, Mugabe lashed out at “neighbouring countries” that have spoken out against Zimbabwe’s state-driven economic collapse.
“We hear useless characters condemning us from neighbouring coutries, vamwe vasingagoni kana kurima (some of who can’t even farm),” he said.
But Chamisa said it was typical for dictators to be hostile to divergent views.
“The attack on Botswana defies international logic,” Chamisa said. “It is typical of all dictators to assemble constituencies of praise singers and bootlickers.”
Mugabe admitted failure of his agrarian reform, saying government now wanted to repossess land allocated to new black farmers who had shown that they had little or no aptitude for farming.

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