A newsman's perspective: Who'll take us to 'nirvana'?

HARARE - In a graph – pieced together with information obtained from a 2013 International Monetary Fund report – the Daily News' print edition has today attempted to interrogate Zimbabwe’s economic stewardship over the past 13 years and its prospects after July 31’s crunch poll.

As seen in the graphics, the white line – depicting economic growth – plunged to a record minus 16 percent between 2001 and 2003 before stuttering to an "upward trend" between 2003, and 2007 due largely to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's unsustainable quasi-fiscal operations.

And as fate would have it, the economy dipped to new and unprecedented lows in 2008 at the back of President Robert Mugabe's controversial election around that time - and as central bank governor Gideon Gono's printing press jammed.

While the sorry state of Zimbabwe's economy was attributed to Zanu PF and the 89 year-old leader’s disastrous policies, including land grabs and other toxic operations, the modest gains were largely attributable to post-coaltion government stability.

With the ‘red zone’ representing Zimbabwe’s toxic past, the “green zone” depicts a semblance of order enjoyed under the government of national unity - an animal, which partly owes its existence to Prime Minister Morgan Tsavngirai's magnanimity.

And as the country decides in 15 days, the issue of who is better suited to take us to 'nirvana' - through workable and sustainable policies - remains key.

This is also key when considering that a lot among the improverished would not want to lose that relative comfort, hope and stability - aptly captured by the arrows showing a journey to Canaan or the threat of Egypt, and Syria today, if not the ultimate abyss!

Full story in today's Daily News.

Comments (18)

The Daily News is lacking objectivity, the elections are going on peacefully even international news channels acknowledge that and if any guy wins, why would Zim go into abyss?

Mweni Tafara - 16 July 2013

The elections have not begun as yet......! 31 July 2013 is 2 weeks away..... then after!!!

Roy Gono - 16 July 2013

A lot can happen between now and 30 July. For example Mugabe can send zvimbwasungata zvake like Jabulani Sibanda and others to terrorise innocent people. He can also refuse to vacate office if defeated; by for example asking ZEC to count the votes for several weeks (basically rigging as he did last time). So it is not a given that the graph will go up after the elections. A lot depend on the geriantric, Mugabe.

tino - 16 July 2013

When I visited Zambia for the first time in the 1990s, I could never have foreseen how that country resembled the future in Zimbabwe. The fact of the matter is that "VANA MATIBIRI VAKADZIDZSWA NEMACHINESE KUPUNZA CHETE. VANOGONA KUURAYA VAMWE, KUDHUURA INFRASTRUCTURE NEKUTUKIRIRA. ASI, CHOKWADI CHAICHO NGECHEKUTI HAVAGONE KUWAKA. MADEGREES AVO ANOVAPA RURIMI RWEKUTAURA CHIRUNGU, ASI ZVINOBUDA MUCHIRUNGU CHAVO I POVERTY CHETE CHETE. SAKA ZVAKAKODZERA KUTI TICHISIYANA NEHUTONGI HWEUMHONDI, NHAMO NE ROPA. TITARISANEWO NEZVIMWE. MACHINESE AYA ARIKUNGOTORA NHAKA YEVANA VEDU, VANA DR MUGABE VACHINGOTAURA CHIRUNGU CHISINGATI ENDESI KU CANAAN. KWETE, POVO YARAMBA. MASOJA NEMAPURISA VAKATADZISWA KUVHOTA NEZURO. TIUDZEI KUTI NDIZVOKA ZVATINOTARISIRA IN 2WEEKS TIME? WHAT WITH 9,000 POLLING STATIONS AND 6MILLION VOTERS OVER ONE DAY? MUGABE NGAAENDE, NYIKA IFAMBE. HARAHWA IYI (ZEPHYR ZODIAC) NGAICHIBVE TIISE Maclren and Lamborghini. Kwete kuvhara fast lane nechigonyeti chekuma 1924, ipo pave ne 2013 models.

G Goreraza - 16 July 2013

All we can do is hope things will get better after the election irregardless of who wins..You see people are neither for nor against, ultimately they are thinking about themselves. I too visited Zambia during the dawn of the Chiluba years..this was the trade fair in a very clean Ndola and impressive mukuba hotel. As an international trader we are trained to look at the country's stats but also keep a keen eye out at activities at street level, like number of cinstruction cranes in the sky, state of national fleet on the roads, dressing of school children and so on. In those heady days everything showed a hungry upward trajectory for the econonmy of Zambia and the price and activity at the copper mines was also north bound..school boys with their lively young voice complimented well dressed young boys and girls coming from school. Fast forward a few days down the line under the tutelage of same Chiluba and the same boys and girls were walking with slumped shoulders and holes in their uniforms exposing their backsides..what went wrong? Please dont ask! Might wholesale corruption have transported these young bodies to this new hell?

gutter poet - 16 July 2013

@Mweni Tafara above, just an advice from me; dont wait for international news to tell you what you see every day. You sure you all the chaos at town house and other centres on Specail vote peacefull.

Tatanga - 16 July 2013

Daily news lacks objectivity! what makes you think that the election is contested by your Tsvangirai and Mugabe only? why are underestimating other political candidates such as Welshman Ncube? You should have written a balanced article with all political candidates rather than giving us your propagandist typical opinion pieces exacerbated by your support of Tsvangirai!

DEVYN BANGO - 16 July 2013

maweni tafara, it can climb the ladder or it can go into the abyss not because the elections have been peaceful but who has one. One who wants heavy investment pouring in and reviving industry or one who will be building more vending sites. So it depends who wins actually, Dailynews has not pointed at violence but at what to expect. And it is in our hands.

wamaromo - 16 July 2013

I am sorry Devyn Bango the battle is between Mugabe and Tsvangirayi like it or not that is a fact. We expect a Presidebt from the 2 and it will need a miracle to have Dumiso or Ncube being frontrunners. They are a good people but just like expecting to see Rufaro Stadium full when Chicken Inn is Playing Harare United, they are good sides but who fills Rufaro, Dynamos and Highlanders.

maita - 16 July 2013

History, like space, always remind us who we are and where we are coming from! From there we anchor our focus for the future. We know exactly what we want, based on our historical experiences, and how it should be. Can you imagine how it is with a folk that is without a past? It is a confused folk, always floating and captured in the stream. We, Africans, are said to be without a past. How it started is a long way back. It is written in the Psalms 83 how the nations came together and consulted on how to cut us off from being a nation, so that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. Confusing us was the strategy. Colonialism and slave trade had all but one thing in common – to robe and deprive us of our glorious past, and causing more confusion. All over around in Africa our ancient fathers built kingdoms, including The Great Zimbabwe. Archeology had to come to our help to defend that those entire ancient edifices in Africa are of black African origin. Didn't they really know the truth? To come to the point – the question is, who are we really and what happened of our past? Answers are given in HIS holy book. First we know that the ancient Egyptians were black like us. Joseph and Moses are referred to on many occasions in the bible as Egyptians. Joseph's brothers didn't recognize him when they come to buy food in Egypt. Moses survived the killings of son of Israelites in Egypt. This means they were black like the Egyptians. Moses and Joseph can be traced back to Jacob, Israel. When Jacob, Israel, died, he was buried in Canaan. Joseph, his people and Egyptians went along to bury him. The Canaanites there took them all for Egyptians (Genesis 50). This means all were black, including the 12 sons of Jacob, Israel. From these 12 sons of Jacob, we have the 12 tribes of Israel, the original Hebrews. These are the so-called God's People. Original they were centered in northern Africa and the whole of Golf region. They built the Babel under Nimrod.

Original Israel - 16 July 2013

God dispersed them according to their languages. Wars in that region also further dispersed them. In Deuteronomy 28 we see what God promised his people both on obedience and disobedience. The biblical Egypt meant here is not the physical land as we know it today; it means the conditions of slavery, a house of bondage. In Psalm 85 again we see salvation coming. The house of Israel will unite, but we have to wake up first. Wake up Israel. Know your history.

Original Israel - 16 July 2013

@maita Just the mere fact that the contest is between 90 year old Gukurahundi Mugabe and 61 year old Tswangirayi should be embarassing if Zimbabwe was a normal society. If truth be told, the contest should actually be between Welshman and Tswangirayi. Mugabe should not even be in the picture, for he is already a fossile - we should all be expectinga 0.01% vote for him. But as you can see, everything about Zim is not normal!!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 16 July 2013

@maita so you are the only normal person? now the fossile is campaining last week they say he was seriosly ill today he is busy rallying rallies i wonder what kind of a person Mugabe is. YOU reporters tells who is Mugabe . kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

hamhenoikoko - 17 July 2013

The worst form of slavery is mental colonisation. We are talking about Field nigger and the house nigger. When the white man(master house) is on fire the Field nigger will shout Master Your House is on Fire yet in the same situation a house nigger cries Master OUR house is on fire.

madhaka - 17 July 2013

Vana Rob what you know is to still, vandalize, kill and talking lies. We want a real change led by those with people at heart not the destroyers. Our Ngodaz are taken by the Chinese and all the benefits are enjoyed by the ZANU killers who are forcing to be loved by the Zimboz. Youth let me tell you that kamare kemupiwa pakuchaya vanhu kanopera asi mukavhotera Chinja T hupenyu hunochinja. You are given Zed this time but after elections if you seen by the same people who gave that hot gin will arrest you.

chinokura Chinokotama - 17 July 2013

Only fools do not understand the sanctions issue. the west is starting to come back now because their are economies are spiraling on a downward slide and we have managed to be resolute on our own and nothing will stop the up-climb. we don't need Europe now, we have endured, and for the puppets it's game over.

reason - 17 July 2013

everyone's vote is a well guarded secret, to me age is just a number, lets be objective and hope for the best for our country and all its people . I agree that this is going to be a very close contest.

cmusere - 17 July 2013

Thank you staff writer. That is the graph I was waiting to see. That is the prediction of doom from the PHAROHS OF THE DAY. If staff writer was asked to produce the actual against prediction graph from the time of the great Mbuya Nehanda to today he would have problems with his co-ordinates. The actual is GOD made and prediction is human made.

DUNGAS - 18 July 2013

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