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>> Zimbabwe's president promising to pay public workers faster. Robert Mugabe's government working to avoid delays handing out salaries to soldiers, police officers, doctors, and nurses. The president making the announcement in a speech to mark National Heroes Day. A ceremony to honor guerillas who did in Zimbabwe's 1970s War of Independence.
tely, the South African country has struggled to pay public workers on time. Facing its worst financial squeeze since it dumped its hyper inflation hit currency in 2009 and adopted the US dollar. In July, the delays led to strikes that closed businesses, government offices, schools and hospitals. It was the most significant popular defiance of the long ruling leader in a decade.
The 92 year old's the only president Zimbabwe has had in its 36 years of independence. Last week the country's war veterans, his long time allies turned on Patron Mugabe, describing him as a dictator. Saying he had devoured the values of the liberation struggle. The government said the veterans statement amounted to treason and they would be punished.
>> Government values the contribution>> High inflation, unemployment, drought, and chronic cash shortages, all fueling public discontent. Mugabe already resisting calls to resign. Those doing the calling unlikely to be easily quelled.