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Vol 52 No 16

Published 5th August 2011


Zimbabwe

Hard winter in Harare

ZANU-PF outpoint their opponents by taking over the diamond revenue and latching on to a popular national cause

As senior allies of President Robert Gabriel Mugabe concede through gritted teeth that there can be no national elections this year, they have moved the battleground to economic policy. Their main target is outspoken Finance Minister Tendai Biti, who is also Secretary General of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). President Mugabe, his allies say, clashed repeatedly with Biti at recent cabinet meetings over the payment of higher salaries to the country’s 200,000 civil servants.

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