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Zimbabwe admits battling to pay civil servants

People sing political slogans and hold placards as they march through the streets of Bulawayo during a protest against police brutality, corruption and state of the economyZimbabwe admitted Thursday it was struggling to pay civil servants, with government salaries eating a whopping 96.8 percent of the annual budget as a worsening economy fuels protests against President Robert Mugabe’s rule. Presenting the mid-term budget to parliament, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa revised the growth rate from the projected 2.7 percent to 1.2 percent, blaming the decline on an ongoing regional drought, investment shortfalls and a perennial cash crunch. “The economy is facing strong headwinds, with major challenges being experienced in the economy and business activity during the first half of the year than what the 2016 national budget anticipated,” Chinamasa said.

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