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Mugabe Avoids Critical Issues In State of The Nation Address

  • Gibbs Dube

President Robert Mugabe with some state officials.

President Robert Mugabe says the government has unveiled more than 69,000 stands for Zimbabweans under the National Housing Delivery Programme as it seeks to address a housing crisis in urban areas.

In his State of the Nation Address in parliament on Tuesday, Mr. Mugabe said, “In line with ZIMASSET objectives, government this year created 69,648 stands for the National Housing Delivery Programme. It is also working on unveiling land to formally disadvantaged groups including youth and women in support of women and youth empowerment.”

The 92-year-old Zimbabwean leader, who appeared to be struggling to read his prepared speech, further noted that the government would provide agricultural inputs to more than 800,000 local people under the Presidential Agricultural Inputs Scheme.

Mr. Mugabe avoided talking about critical issues like bond notes, which have been widely criticized by local people, introduced recently by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

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