Go herd cat­tle, Mu­gabe tells youth

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Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe (93) on Fri­day told un­em­ployed young­sters to “go and herd cat­tle” in the ru­ral ar­eas amid a crit­i­cal short­age of jobs in the south­ern African coun­try.

Dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign of the 2013 polls, Mu­gabe promised Zim­bab­weans that his gov­ern­ment would cre­ate more than 2.2 mil­lion jobs.

How­ever, lat­est statis­tics in­di­cated that Zim­babwe had a for­mal un­em­ploy­ment rate of about 80%.

Ad­dress­ing his sup­port­ers at a rally at Mucheke Sta­dium in Masvingo, Mu­gabe said Zim­bab­wean youths who had no jobs should look for ideas so that they be­came en­trepreneurs.

“We al­ways hear youths from the [op­po­si­tion Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change] MDC say­ing that they do not have jobs. I say to them come to me and I will laugh at them first be­fore telling them to go and herd cat­tle,” said Mu­gabe, speak­ing in the ver­nac­u­lar Shona lan­guage.

Mu­gabe’s re­marks drew crit­i­cism from MDC spokesper­son Obert Gutu.

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