By AFP

 

 

Zimbabwe’s veteran President Robert Mugabe was booed and heckled by opposition lawmakers over the deteriorating economy as he gave his state of the nation address to parliament Tuesday.Mugabe

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) lawmakers questioned his economic policies, jeering as the 91-year-old delivered a policy speech which lasted less than half an hour.

When Mugabe — who has been in power since Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain in 1980 — outlined his government’s plan to improve the economy, one lawmaker yelled at him to admit that “you can’t do much about it”.

Mugabe presented a 10-point plan which included boosting agricultural growth, encouraging private sector investment and fighting graft.

“What about job creation?” one opposition member shouted while another accused Mugabe’s government of “corruption”.

The economy of the southern African nation has been on a downward spiral for more than a decade with slow growth, low liquidity and high unemployment.

The government has cut its growth forecasts for 2015 to 1.5 percent from 3.2 percent mainly due to slow growth in the agricultural sector.

Many companies have closed, downsized or relocated to neighbouring countries.

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