President warns economic saboteurs

President Robert Mugabe says shortage of cooking oil and fuel in the country was a result of saboteurs who wish to see citizens rising against government.

Moses Matenga

Addressing scores of party supporters upon arrival from the United Nations General Assembly in New York where he castigated United States President Donald Trump for threatening to crush other countries, President Mugabe said he will look into the matter.

“We hear there were shortages of cooking oil. These are issues we don’t understand. We know there are people who want the citizens to protest against government. We are back and we will look into that, we cannot allow that to happen,” he said.

His comments followed the shortages of fuel and cooking oil in the country that has seen long queues in the country service stations and dwindling of the cooking oil  in the country’s supermarkets.

There were reports of panic buying across the country following circulation of social media posts warning people to buy as many groceries as they could as there was an impending shortage.

Government through the Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo issued a stern warning against those circulating messages meant to cause alarm and despondency.

The President reiterated his position while addressing the General Assembly that President Trump should trumpet a message of unity, co-operation and dialogue and stop threatening other countries as everyone was equal under the United Nations.

Trump threatened to crush North Korea for its nuclear tests.