Zimbabweans struggle to survive as Mugabe spends millions travelling

ZIMBABWEANS are struggling to survive as they are being forbidden from taking out large sums of money despite Robert Mugabe bringing £2.7million in cash with him on every overseas trip.

Source: Zimbabweans struggle to survive as Mugabe spends millions travelling | World | News | Daily Express

Queues of hundreds of people are becoming a common sight in Harare, with many lining up for two hours to be told they can only take out a maximum of about £200.

Many believe the banks have had to limit cash withdrawals because loans are being illegally demanded by President Mugabe’s government to force customers to take out all their savings.

At the same time the 92-year-old leader, who has been president for 36 years, takes about £2.7m in cash with him every time he goes on an overseas trip – which are very frequent, Tendai Biti, the former finance minister revealed.

He has been away from the country for nearly three weeks, travelling to Papua New Guina, Singapore and South Africa with a 60-strong delegation.

He is believed to have travelled to Singapore for medical treatment ten times this year, as well as Uganda, India, Equatorial Guinea, Russia and Ethiopia – with an estimated travel bill of £55m since January.

Locals are living in fear the economy will collapse soon following a near shut-down in 2008 when inflation rates rocketed by 5billion per cent.

The Zimbabwean dollar was abandoned after Mr Mugabe ordered 1,000bn Zimbabwean dollar notes to be printed, quickly becoming worthless and black market US dollars taking over before becoming the southern African country’s official currency in 2009.

Much of Zimbabwe’s industrial companies have had to close down due to demands white-owned businesses hand over 51 per cent to black Zimbabweans, high taxes and labour laws which make it almost impossible to sack anybody, all under Mr Mugabe’s rules.

The highly controversial eviction of white farmers has meant nearly every supermarket product is imported unlike 15 years ago when most produce was locally sourced.

Supermarket owner Vincent Hwende told The Times: “I’m struggling to pay my suppliers in South Africa.

“Before, I could order a transfer from the bank and it would be in their account a day or two later.

“Now it’s taking three weeks, or long.

“They won’t accept that. I just can’t operate any more.”

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WORDPRESS: 7
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    DI ONLY BIGGEST DIFFERENZ BTWEEN G MUGABE AND I.D SMITH IS SMITH LOVED ZIMBABWE N HIS OWN WHITE PPLE N DAT WHY MUGABE INHERITED ONE OF DI BEST N POWERFUL ECONOMY ON DIS PLANET EARTH SMITH PROTECTED HIS OWN WHITE PPLE N NEVER PROTECTED DI BLACKS N HE SURVIVED UNDER SANCTIONS , BUT MUGABE IS COMPLETELY DI OPPOSITE, HE NEVER LOVED ZIMBABWE N HIS OWN BLACK PPLE N DIS IS EVIDENCED BY DI WAY HE DESTROYED OUR COUNTRY TO DI GROUND ,RAPANT CORRUPTION, CURRENCELESS NATION, KILLING N BUTTERING IS HIS OWN PPLE ,LOOTING ZIM ‘S NATURAL RESOURCE, CHINESE PPLE VE REPLACED WHITE PPLE IN LOW DENSITY SURBUBS ,NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ZIM EDUCATION IS BEYOND REACH TO DI BLACK MAJORITY .

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    Take the wheels off the aircraft; Give the travellers “bond notes” and wish them bon voyage as they all shift out.
    Under a new government (not including Majuru and ex.ZANU-Pf sycophants)sell properties belonging to the president and his ministers and empty their bank accounts. Add to that an estimated $20billion stolen and the people can start to enjoy.
    Send the Chinese back to China.

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      Ndonga 6 years ago

      The way that Mugabe and his relatives and hangers on have been wasting Zimbabwe’s money on endless travels to China and Singapore over these past years is a monstrous crime against our people.

      What it cost the Zimbabwe nation to have his prostate withered gland nursed, could have paid off our national debt and put food on the tables of all our poor.

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    Shumba 6 years ago

    All men of goodwill the world over should urge labour unions to boycott all aircraft carrying the Zimbabwe dictator. That may help stop the continued looting of the Zimbabwe discus by these parasites

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    Reverend 6 years ago

    Mugabe is the TOP criminal in our country,,,
    He has murdered more people
    Stolen more money,
    Stolen more farms,
    tortured more people
    Cheated more elections
    Than anyone else, and he is hated and despised by more than 80% of the population of Zimbabwe.
    There are not enough years in his life to serve the sentence he deserves, which would be at least ten lifetimes.!

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    Shumba 6 years ago

    All airport workers the world over should be alerted to this brazen robbery of our resources by this thieving, voracious and parasitic cabal. All workers, men and women of goodwill should be prevailed upon to refuse to handle any craft carrying this hoodlum and his band of merry men. By so doing we may save millions of dollars for the benefit of the general populace.
    We should in addition boycott all businesses and products of these criminals masquerading as politicians and nationalists.

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    JussZim 6 years ago

    These lunatics are holding the nation as hostage by hook and crook at whatever cost