Mugabe threatens UK, US envoys

via Mugabe threatens UK, US envoys – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 30, 2015 by Tatira Zwinoira

President Robert Mugabe yesterday threatened to expel Western diplomats for allegedly sponsoring vendors to resist their relocation from the Harare city centre.

Mugabe, who was officially opening the Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) International Expo in Harare, said the vendors should vacate the streets immediately.

He said Britain and the United States were behind the refusal by vendors to relocate from the capital’s central business district.
“Misbehave and we will kick you in your bottom,” Mugabe said to the diplomats. “What demons are these people that they come here and cause problems? We do not need the United States and British ambassadors.”

Vendors clashed with municipal police who were forcibly removing them from the streets.

Their leaders were arrested for allegedly obstructing police during the clean-up operation. The informal traders say they have nowhere to go as they are unemployed.

Mugabe also told delegates at the SME expo that due to the economic challenges bedevilling the country, the informal sector was accommodating over 60% of the country’s working class contributing more than 50% to the gross domestic product.

“Having recognised the importance of such a viable and dynamic SME sector essential and pivotal for economic development, we have established the ministry responsible for SMEs and corporates,” he said.

Due to continued company closures, most people have turned to street vending to eke out a living.

Mugabe said he had instructed government to put aside 25% of all State tenders to be given to the Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development ministry for the procurement of goods and services to be reserved for players in the SMEs sector.

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    “Misbehave and we will kick you in your bottom,” Mugabe said to the diplomats. “What demons are these people that they come here and cause problems? We do not need the United States and British ambassadors.”

    condemned by his own mouth

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    amina Brookes 7 years ago

    Mugabe is reacting to the failure to attend the AU meting. The question he should answer is that why did Grace ask the police not to harass the vendors, allow them to trade wheresoever they want. Beside why are there so many vendors compared to those formally employed. There is much company failure now that before the 1980s while the country was under sanctions.

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    OH OH PLEASE PLEASE Britain and U S A Leave the country AND take your MONEY and PROJECTS with you It is very unafrican to insult people (any person)It makes the person insulting you RIGHT AND CORRECT and That you are small and of no consequence… While HE is the big BWANA…PLEASE call his bluff to stop all this misery we are all going through… HE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE!!!!Lets move on???