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LOCAL government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has declared that government will take-over all closed companies, claiming the shutdowns were part of an orchestrated bid to sabotage the Zanu PF administration.

Thousands of private companies have either largely scaled back operations or completely closed shop citing an inclement operating environment as the country battles an economic crisis that has lasted more than a decade.

The shut downs have left formal employment at less than 15 percent but Kasukuwere, also Zanu PF's national commissar, claimed Tuesday that the closures were for political reasons.

He told ruling party supporters in Harare's Glen View area that government should take over all closed companies and restart operations.

"All factories closed by non-believers should be taken by government now because they are lying idle yet most of our people have no space to work on," he said.

"No Heroes Acre factories in Zimbabwe. We will open those factories like Spring Master and others soon because we feel they are sabotaging us."

President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF colleagues believe western countries have for long been plotting to force them out of power.

The 92-year-old strongman denies charges that his administration's poor polices and incompetent economic management are responsible for Zimbabwe's problems.

Mugabe, instead, blames sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) and has long demanded their removal.

The sanctions were imposed over allegations of human rights abuses and electoral fraud, but Mugabe says the West was punishing Zimbabwe for its land reforms.

Source: New Zimbabwe