Tsvangirai promises 1 million jobs

HARARE - Zimbabweans have had enough of President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF failures, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday as he unveiled an election campaign plan that promises a million jobs in five years.

The MDC leader was officially launching his party’s Jobs, Upliftment, Investment, Capital and the Environment (Juice) economic blue-print where he told cheering supporters that the model seeks to create a million jobs in the first five years from 2013.

“Mugabe and Zanu PF’s failure is now legendary, we cannot continue to bombard our people with what they know. If you ask the people of this country they would not want to be taken back to the pre-2009 era.

“We have all experienced it so there is nothing new to it. The MDC will deliver one million jobs by 2018 and this is anchored on resuscitating our dilapidated infrastructure,” Tsvangirai said.

He said lack of jobs that has seen 80 percent of the country’s labourforce rendered jobless presents a social and political time bomb for an MDC government after next year’s elections.

“When the MDC was formed, children who were five then are now adults and roaming the streets with nothing to do.

“Unfortunately, this group now forms the biggest percentage of our population.

“A job is the best form of empowerment.

The joy of having a secure job guarantees that your family has adequate security; that our children are able to go to school and that food is on the table.

As Africans, a job goes beyond just our immediate family. It guarantees our extended family with a form of family safety out of our belief in communal sharing and solidarity,” the MDC leader said.

Tsvangirai said the MDC’s economic policy will be anchored on infrastructure rehabilitation to generate new jobs.

“We do not believe that while the past was dreadful in its discriminatory and exploitative nature, merely redistributing what we inherited would be sufficient to meet the growing demands and needs of our expanding population. The rehabilitation of our road and rail network to link our towns and cities with the centres of primary producers of economic raw materials and markets has an absorptive upshot to mop up the thousands of young school leavers yearning for gainful employment,” he said.

Tsvangirai called for an environment that allows rich Zimbabweans to stay in the country and expand their businesses.

“Priority shall go to Zimbabweans wishing to expand their business activities and entrepreneurial dreams.
“We do not believe in the pull-him-down syndrome that has forced people like Strive Masiyiwa (Econet proprietor) to emigrate to other countries.

“We have a government that hates and creates a deliberate ideological thrust to put barriers against its own people. That is a narrative we do not subscribe to,” he said.

“Masiyiwa is staying outside Zimbabwe because he refused to give them money,” said Tsvangirai.

The Juice policy was launched at High Glen Shopping Centre, one of numerous white elephants in Harare that typifies the capital flight that has characterised Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown in the past dozen years.

Tsvangirai promised to incentivise industry through tax rebates for businesses that emphasises on local job creation.

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