Mu­gabe gov­ern­ment 'be­hav­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly’

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

HARARE - Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe's gov­ern­ment has be­haved in an "ir­re­spon­si­ble" way in the face of a grow­ing eco­nomic cri­sis, and the fears of Zim­babwe's cit­i­zens are "le­git­i­mate", a lead­ing as­so­ci­a­tion of churches said Wed­nes­day.

In a strongly-worded state­ment, the Zim­babwe Coun­cil of Churches (ZCC) said the gov­ern­ment had lost the trust of cit­i­zens and should ur­gently try to re­gain it.

"Zim­bab­weans have lost trust that the gov­ern­ment is sin­cere in ad­dress­ing na­tional prob­lems when they see the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials choos­ing to send their chil­dren to for­eign schools and be­ing treated in for­eign hos­pi­tals," it said.

The lat­est cri­sis in Zim­babwe emerged over the week­end, when fuel queues resur­faced and panic buy­ing of ba­sic com­modi­ties gripped some stores.

It came as fears abound that the coun­try is fac­ing a re­peat of the 2007-2008 cri­sis that saw empty store shelves and fuel sta­tions on the back of for­eign cur­rency short­ages.

The ZCC, which groups 26 dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions, said the fears of cit­i­zens were le­git­i­mate.

"In a sit­u­a­tion where there are wind­ing queues at the fuel sta­tions, it is ir­re­spon­si­ble for any gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial to in­sin­u­ate that all is well in our na­tion," the state­ment says.

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