Saturday, March 15, 2008

Business under fire for Makoni links

from iwpr:

By Nonthando Bhebhe in Harare (AR No. 160, 14-Mar-08)

The Zimbabwean authorities are cracking down on businesses they suspect of backing Simba Makoni, the former finance minister who has emerged as a serious challenger to President Robert Mugabe in this month’s elections.

The crackdown is seen as a sign of how seriously Mugabe and his allies in the ruling ZANU-PF party take the newcomer. Last month, Makoni shocked the party – of which he was a member – by announcing he would stand against the incumbent. He was summarily kicked out of the party and pilloried in speeches by the president.

In the latest example of the regime’s determination to keep itself in power, IWPR has learned that retailers and other top businesspeople who supply basic commodities were summoned to a meeting on February 4 at the offices of Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono....

1 comment:

blackstone said...

Didn't Mugabe call Makoni a witch? So since he was part of Mugabe's party, then i guess ZANU-PF are all witches and he's the wicked witch of the east?

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