Zimbabwe’s president booed in parliament

President Mugabe faces protests during speech in Zimbabwean parliament

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivers his state of the nation address to the country's parliament in Harare.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was booed and interrupted by opposition lawmakers as he delivered his state of the nation address to parliament on Tuesday.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) lawmakers sang protest songs against the 91-year-old veteran president during his less than 30 minute policy speech, in which he explained a solution plan to unfold the country’s economic crisis.

The southern African country has been struggling with slow growth, low liquidity and high unemployment for more than a decade and seeks to get cash from "development agencies and the private sector."

At least 20,000 people have lost their jobs in the past 50 days as many companies have been forced to close, downsize or relocate to neighbouring nations.

Mugabe’s speech cames as the UN reported that about 1.5 million Zimbabweans will face hunger by the end of the year and require food aid.

Robert Mugabe has been in power since Zimbabwe's independence from Britain in 1980, serving as president since 1987. He has been accused of corruption, rigging elections, controlling media and racism against a white minority, while his supporters think of him as a true Pan-Africanist who fights strong against imperialism in Africa.

TRTWorld and agencies