Zimbabweans have in the last four years seen enough of what a dysfunctional government constitutes, President Robert Mugabe has said, urging the electorate to “vote wisely” in the elections scheduled for March next year.

The state-owned Herald online reported on Friday that the 88-year-old veteran leader told scores of people in Hwange to “ensure the country does not form another inclusive government”.

Mugabe said the coalition government he formed in 2008 with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is also leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, had failed to deliver.

He said discord and bickering in the government of national unity (GNU) had reached a level where it was now difficult to implement development programmes.

“We have seen Bulawayo’s [the country’s second largest city] economy going down. We have seen the agriculture sector go unsponsored… If you go to Finance Minister Tendai Biti, he always says there is no money, there is no money. If there is no money what are you doing to get it? You cannot think of other ways of getting it or even borrowing,” Mugabe said.

“Some people come to you and say Zanu-PF is not good. We want development and progress, but some people just want pleasure,” he said.

Freedom fighters

Mugabe said those who wanted to change the situation in the country were interested in other issues like “changing women” – seemingly making reference to Tsvangirai whose reputation has in the last days been tarnished by his alleged love affairs.

“We are going for elections and you have seen what our country should never do again.

“Please do not get us into that trouble again. That is not our way of doing things. Freedom fighters are people who want to move ahead.

“That is why you see me at this age still fighting and I will continue fighting because I cannot let down those heroes who are gone. I have a responsibility for you.”

He said land reform, indigenisation and economic empowerment programmes were at the heart of rebuilding the economy and improving the livelihood of ordinary people.

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