(DAILYMAIL) — Zimbabwe’s finance minister has taken a hard look at the cash strapped country’s bank accounts – and discovered it only has £138 and 34 pence left.

Tendai Biti made the announcement at press conference yesterday declaring: ‘Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 in government coffers.’

Mr Biti went on to tell the shocked news reporters that they were individually likely to have healthier bank balances than the state’s.

‘The government finances are in paralysis state at the present moment’, Mr Biti admitted.

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