- Zimbwabwe's vice-president has blamed the ailing economy on former colonial ruler
- Kembo Mohadi said the economy was failing because the colonial ruler did not teach native Zimbabweans how to run an economy
- The 70-year old joint-serving vice-president has been in government for decades
Zimbabwe’s vice-president, Kembo Mohadi, has blamed the country's former colonial ruler of not teaching native Zimbabweans to run the economy as the southern African nation battles a prolonged economic downturn.
Speaking at a Zanu PF gathering in Gwanda south east of Bulawayo, the 70-year old leader essentially admitted they do not know how to rescue the economy.
Mohadi’s sentiments, which have stirred debate on various platforms, is a marked shift from ZANU PF’s traditional stance in which sanctions imposed by Western powers are blamed for the economic problems the country is facing, said ZWnews.
"We got our independence but the white man never gave us knowledge on how to run our economy."
Mohadi said in an address broadcast on national television on Saturday. He said the only knowledge the locals had was to run bottle stores and general dealer businesses.
Mohadi, who is a jointly-serving vice-president with Constantino Chiwenga, said the colonisers did not do much to impart knowledge to the locals.
The Zimbabwean economy has been battling for decades and suffered hyperinflation from 2004 to 2009.
Zimbabwe, which was once known as the 'bread basket of Africa', degenerated into economic chaos in the early 2000s under former president Robert Mugabe's administration, said News24.
In 2009, the national unity government, which included the opposition to Robert Mugabe, allowed foreign currency transactions throughout the economy as a measure to stimulate the economy and end inflation.
The Zimbabwean dollar quickly lost all credibility and in April 2009, the Zimbabwean dollar was suspended entirely, to be replaced by the US dollar in government transactions.
Mohadi, who has been in power for decades, was criticised for his comments.
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