PRESIDENT Mugabe has slammed former finance minister, Tendai Biti charging that he suffocated agriculture because his party wanted indigenous farmers to fail.
“Saka ndizvo zvatichange tichiita izvi. Zvanezuro zvekuti dai agriculture yafondoka varungu vagodzoka tigova nekuratidza mhuri yeZimbabwe kuti maonaka musina varungu hapana chamunogona. Izvo ndezva vanhu zvimbwasungata zvisina kurumurwa muzamu revarungu. Vakayamwiswa nanamisisi, vanoda kuramba vachiyamwa zamo ramisisi,” he said.
President Mugabe said Zimbabweans were liberated from colonial mentality and all they required was Government support.
“Aiwa, vanhu vedu takavarumura, takavasunungura tikati masimba ava enyu rubatsiro rwuchange rwuchiuya kwamuri. Ko, ndizvozvatinoda kwete kuti tisevenzere rimwe bhunu rabva zvaro kwatisingazive kuti rakazvarwa sei, kwete,” he said.
The President said his government would focus on agriculture.
Officially opening the 103rd edition of the Harare Agricultural Show yesterday, Mugabe said agriculture would lift Zimbabwe’s economy.
“Mechanisation is critical for increased production and productivity. To this end, the Government will secure funding facilities and continue to pursue appropriate mechanisation programmes that will address the needs of the farming community.
“Tichiva nehurongwa hwekuti tibatsire varimi kuti nesimba ravanaro, nepfungwa dzavanadzo vawane zvavanoda zvokushandisa. Vanenge vachizobudirira kupinda ranhasi vachizoita nyika yedu kuti iwane hupfumi hunobva kumbeswana dzakasiyana siyana.”