Vote wisely, secure your future

HARARE - In our print edition today, the Daily News has sought to interrogate Zimbabwe’s economic stewardship over the past 13 years and its prospects after July 31’s key election.

As seen in the graphics above, the white line — representing a wretched economic growth rate — plunged to a record minus 16 percent between 2001 and 2003 before stuttering to an upward movement, a few years later, thanks to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s quasi-fiscal operations.

And at the back of President Robert Mugabe’s controversial election in 2008, the economy also touched a dangerous level or territory when even salt, bread and mealie-meal shortages were at their most acute.

How bad could it be that even a commodity so abundant in Nyatsimbamutota’s medieval Mutapa empire was so scarce and, as things stand today, we are even importing maize from Zambia and Malawi? It is pathetic!

While the sorry state of our economy was attributed to Zanu PF and the octogenarian leader’s toxic policies, including land and company grabs, the relative gains post 2008 were largely attributable to policies from the inclusive government and these include dollarisation.

And as the print edition shows today, a “red zone” has been given or allocated to the country’s poisonous past — under Zanu PF's moribund group — while the “green zone” depicts a modicum or sense of order enjoyed under the now-derided government of national unity, and which stability is now under threat.

But as Zimbabwe decides in 15 days, the question of who is likely to take us to the cherished nirvana — through workable policies — looms large.

And as even a kindergarten kid would tell you, one ought to have their head examined to believe the man better placed or suited to keep that growth trajectory is Mugabe and his Zanu PF.

There is simply no malice in it, but a review of the man’s record and policies would tell you that — even for the party’s greatest supporters and zealots — there is no excuse for the point we reached in 2008 and where hungry soldiers rampaged on the streets of Harare.

And in view of the persistence of such toxic policies as company seizures, under the so-called indigenisation programme, it is time for a sober analysis of who is better suited to take you to the Promised Land.

Even, though, we maybe labelled merchants of doom, the IMF data — as captured on our front page today — speaks for itself.

In a nutshell, we are simply saying use your vote wisely for it is nothing but a guarantee to a better future – and Zimbabwe!

Comments (8)

This kaharahwa has run down our country. Everything he has touched has turned to wood. His lack of vision is quite clear. His economics is fake. A 100- year old wants to continue to preside over a 21st century economy and population? Vanhu we-e, kaharahwa aka kakatonga sekuru vangu, kakazotonga zve baba naMai vangu, kakatonga zve ini wacho, kakatonga vana vangu. Iko zvino karikuda kutonga mwana we mwana wangu!? And this is 2013, vamwe vakatomhara paMars. Iko kachingotaura chirungu chepoverty, theft of diamonds and mortgaging the country to China

G Goreraza - 16 July 2013

Why is it that the red zone commenced immediately after imposition of economic sanctions? It looks like their is a cause-effect relationship. Mr editor you may want to read the read the book "how to lie using graphs" and some works by Joseph Stiglitz who also worked for the Bretton woods institutions.

dr nero - 16 July 2013

it is good that we will have strong opposition like ZANU PF after 31st July 2013. I will join ZANU PF as the strongest opposition party in the land.

THE BOSS - 17 July 2013

Stop seeing things, what sanctions. In 2008 pple showed that they were no longer capable of even caring for the populace. And what is it that they can do now which they could not do in 33 yrs. Ushe madzoro, hunoravanwa

Guseni - 17 July 2013

What you forget dr nero is that sanctions continued AFTER the commencement of the GNU, yet when Bob and his cronies no longer controlled the economy it was able to grow despite sanctions on Zanu PF. Blaming sanctions is total nonsense - in any case, the sanctions imposed are not economic sanctions but travel bans targeted at those responsible for human rights abuses. Please can you kindly explain to us how it is that travel bans against Zanu PF elite can plunge our economy into crisis.

Facts - 17 July 2013

Gorerazvo! Bva chiisa Tsvangson asingagoni kana kudana nguva pawatch yake. Ndopauchaona kuti wabvisa nyama pamarasha kuti uigochere pamoto weuswa hunyoro. Kaharahwa zvakakatonga sekuru vako, nabab vako, newe, nevana vako nhasi uno kotonga vazukuru vako karikupiwa upenyu nani uye nemhaka yeyi? Zvibvunze. Chinzwa zvakaitika kuda pamwe pacho wanga usati wabva dzungu rehondo kumeso. 1980 -1990 : the decade of great achievements in Education and Health. Economy yakagomera nekuda kwefree education and free health for all. In spite of it all child mortality rate fell from 540/1000 in 1979 to 120/1000 by mid 1983. 1992 -2002 the decade of economic empowerment. Ndomakore ehondo yeminda, masanctions, hyperinflation etc. Economy yakarwadziwa namanjeso irikurwadziwa, asi munhu mutema avanenzvimbo munezveupfumi. Uyo mumwe wako Facts anorota achiti hakuna masanctions asi matravel bans. Aa urimusaga iwe. Ko madiamonds arikurambidzwa kutengeswa anenge a travella necard reZANU PF here? Ko rubatsiro runopiwa nyika dzose dzichiri kubudirira nana IMF and WB Zimbabwe yakanyimirwei. Zimbabwe iZANU PF leadership here? Iwe ngwara manhi!

G. Gorerazvo - 17 July 2013

Gorerazvo! Bva chiisa Tsvangson asingagoni kana kudana nguva pawatch yake. Ndopauchaona kuti wabvisa nyama pamarasha kuti uigochere pamoto weuswa hunyoro. Kaharahwa zvakakatonga sekuru vako, nabab vako, newe, nevana vako nhasi uno kotonga vazukuru vako karikupiwa upenyu nani uye nemhaka yeyi? Zvibvunze. Chinzwa zvakaitika kuda pamwe pacho wanga usati wabva dzungu rehondo kumeso. 1980 -1990 : the decade of great achievements in Education and Health. Economy yakagomera nekuda kwefree education and free health for all. In spite of it all child mortality rate fell from 540/1000 in 1979 to 120/1000 by mid 1983. 1992 -2002 the decade of economic empowerment. Ndomakore ehondo yeminda, masanctions, hyperinflation etc. Economy yakarwadziwa namanjeso irikurwadziwa, asi munhu mutema avanenzvimbo munezveupfumi. Uyo mumwe wako Facts anorota achiti hakuna masanctions asi matravel bans. Aa urimusaga iwe. Ko madiamonds arikurambidzwa kutengeswa anenge a travella necard reZANU PF here? Ko rubatsiro runopiwa nyika dzose dzichiri kubudirira nana IMF and WB Zimbabwe yakanyimirwei. Zimbabwe iZANU PF leadership here? Iwe ngwara manhi!

G. Gorerazvo - 17 July 2013

I hear the ZEC has media supervisory powers and suspect this less than subtle urge for MDC-T votes would not sit well. The GNU merely lived off a post-election resolution of the polarisation and politicisation that plagued Zimbabwean life. The media must take seriously its role to educate and inform. At the end of its life, GNU was a drag on economic prospects through conflicting positions. I expect post election period to offer another growth opportunity IRRESPECTIVE of the outcome of the election. That is why we have billions on standby to buy & invest in Zimbabwe. Take heed and don't cut your nose to spite your face. The economic prospects must depend less on politics than they do now in Harare.

ken girtz - 17 July 2013

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