Tsvangirai slates Zim anniversary theme

Morgan Tsvangirai op AP Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Picture: AP Photo/Christian Lutz

Harare - Zimbabwe's prime minister describes a black empowerment theme chosen by President Robert Mugabe for the nation's 32nd birthday as “repugnant”, but says he won't boycott the anniversary parades.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday said Mugabe's party dedicated the anniversary to black empowerment and its programme to seize 51 percent of foreign and white-owned businesses.

Tsvangirai told reporters Tuesday that fighters who died to end colonial rule in 1980 “will only be proud of us if we bring back the noise in our silent factories”, attract investment and create jobs and economic growth.

He said Mugabe's party, in a shaky three-year coalition after violent and disputed elections in 2008, has diminished the meaning of the nation's symbolic freedom day on Wednesday. - Sapa-AP


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