Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe made a strong call for national unity and urged Zimbabweans to help push for the lifting of sanctions imposed by the West.

mugIn an interview with Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster ahead of Saturday’s 29th independence anniversary, Mugabe said Zimbabweans should help the government put pressure on the Western powers and work together, rather than against each other.

“The sanctions are unwarranted and it is important that we sing the same song,” Mugabe was quoted as saying in the interview which was published in the state-owned Herald newspaper. The television interview will be broadcast on Friday night.

Zimbabwe’s economy is in ruins with unemployment at around 90 percent and millions in need of food aid. After years of hyperinflation, prices are falling after the government allowed the use of hard currency and abandoned the Zimbabwe dollar.

The unity government formed by Mugabe and his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is seeking to rebuild the country’s shattered economy after years of hyperinflation and decline blamed on Mugabe’s mismanagement and authoritarian rule.



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