via ‘Mugabe, Cabinet should resign’ – NewsDay Zimbabwe February 4, 2016
MKOBA MP Amos Chibaya (MDC-T) has called on President Robert Mugabe and his entire Cabinet to resign, saying they have failed to run the economy.
Chibaya said this on Tuesday while contributing to a motion on the Presidential speech, where he also angered Zanu PF legislators by saying it was impossible for any investor to put their money into a country full of “thugs”.
Acting Speaker Reuben Marumahoko ordered Chibaya to withdraw the word “thugs”, saying it was unparliamentary language.
“The ailing economic situation in the country proves that it is now time for President Mugabe to hang his boots and resign together with everyone in his Cabinet,” Chibaya said.
“They have failed to run this economy. The Auditor-General’s report named all corrupt individuals in the country, but Mugabe’s government has failed to bring to book all those fingered, including those named in the Premier Service Medical Aid Society scam.”
Chibaya said Zanu PF claims that sanctions were the main cause of the economic collapse in the country were false.
“Actually, the biggest sanctions in this country are not those that were imposed through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera) of 2001, but the biggest sanction is corruption,” the MDC-T legislator said.
Although Zimbabwe claims sanctions have run down the economy, latest statistics from the United States Census Bureau reveal that trade between Zimbabwe and the United States was growing.
In 2015, Zimbabwe exported goods worth $66,6 million to the US, while the US imported goods worth $32,9 million from Zimbabwe.
In 2014, the exports from Zimbabwe to the US were $64,9 million, while imports from the US totalled $48,7 million.
During 2013, exports from Zimbabwe to the US were low at $13,9 million worth of goods exported, while the US imported goods worth $60,5 million.
In 2012, Zimbabwe exported $52,5 million worth of goods, while the US imports amounted to $53,5 million.
The year 2008 registered a very high amount of goods worth $112 million exported by Zimbabwe to the US, while imports from the US during that year amounted to $92,9 million.