Top economist John Robertson dies aged 85


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Renowned economist John Robertson has died. He was 85.

The Bulawayo born commentator died this Sunday at his home in Harare.

Robertson suffering a stroke some five weeks ago.

Trusted for his forthright and cutting-edge commentary about the Zimbabwean economy, Robertson was born 1937 in Bulawayo.


He trained at the Technical College and later became a technician with the Air Force, specialising in radio communications.

During late former {resident Robert Mugabe’s reign, Robertson once said of the now late for leader, “The destruction of agricultural output and the collapse of many manufacturing companies is going to take many years to fix.

“I think many people in the economy have now realised that the damage done over the years is extremely serious, more than they had realised.”

The late economist also founded and managed an economics consultancy company, Robertson Economics.


He is survived by two sons.

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