New Zimbabwe (London)

25 March 2014

Zimbabwe: You'll Burn, Tsvangirai Warns Zanu-PF

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Civil servants protesting poor wages outside parliament (file photo).

OPPOSITION leader Morgan Tsvangirai has warned President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF government that they are playing with fire by not paying soldiers and "you will burn".

Tsvangirai told journalists at a press briefing in Harare after his party's extra-ordinary national executive meeting that the country is facing a crisis of major proportions and needed solutions.

"They made promises to the people before the elections and now they cannot even pay teachers and soldiers. Now, with that in mind if you continue to bury your head in the sand, it is you who is going to burn. If they continue to be arrogant we will watch them," said Tsvangirai.

At the height of the high-per-inflationary era Zimbabwe's military rank and file ran amok in central Harare demanding money from black-market foreign currency dealers who were at the time holding huge sums of cash.

Media Reports early this week also claimed the military had not been paid although there has not been official comment from central government.

Government last week moved the pay-date for civil servants after reportedly failing to raise enough money to pay them their salaries for the first time since the elections last year.

The former Prime Minister said it was up to Mugabe to approach other leaders like him to find lasting solutions to the country's problems.

"Zanu PF are the authors of the current crisis. We have an economic, social and a crisis of expectations from the people.

"It is not up to me to go to Mugabe and say let us talk but I expect him as a national leader to come forward and say Tsvangirai and the others come let us rebuild the country," Tsvangirai said.

Zimbabwe has remained in the throes of debilitating economic crisis, exacerbated by a deepening liquidity crunch while industry continues to haemorrhage jobs.

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