Go herd cattle, Mugabe tells youth
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.