Zimbabwe's Former Finance Minister Blast Mugabe's Regime, Says Country Won't Make It To 2016

Zimbabwe's former finance minister Tendai Biti has reportedly said that President Robert Mugabe’s regime won’t manage the country’s current economic turmoil beyond the next four months.

Biti’s remarks come as thousands of workers have lost their jobs following a Supreme Court ruling on July 17 that employers did not need to pay redundancy packages and could give employees just three months' notice.

More than 20 000 Zimbabweans from both the private sector and state-owned firms have been fired.

The latest wave of job losses have led to renewed anger against Mugabe's government, which promised at least 2.2 million jobs during its election campaign in 2013.

Mugabe's government on Friday published a bill seeking to amend the labour law to force employers to pay severance packages to workers fired after the court ruling, and set tougher conditions for future dismissals.
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