Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti Photo: Manuel Toledo, BBC Africa
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Zimbabwe 'had $217 in account'

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti said that the country only had $217 (£138) left in its public account last week. But he later told the BBC that his comments had been taken out of context.

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti has said that the country only had $217 (£138) left in its public account last week after paying civil servants.

That is $217, not $217m or $217bn. However, he said that the following day some $30m of revenue had been paid in.

Mr Biti told BBC Africa's Lewis Machipisa that his comments had been taken out of context.

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  • 30 Jan
  • From the section Africa