We look forward to a better year

HARARE - As we draw the curtain on 2013, it is our prayer that 2014 will be better for Zimbabweans.

The year 2013, has been a very eventful year filled with highs and lows and Zimbabweans have borne the brunt of the harsh realities caused by the liquidity crunch.

The year saw President Robert Mugabe receive a fresh mandate to form a new government after claiming a landslide victory against his arch rival and former partner in the coalition government Morgan Tsvangirai.

2013 will also go down in history as the year which the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange lost $1 billion a week after the announcement of the July 31 poll results which were won by Zanu PF, a party whose policies have failed to attract investors.

This year will also be remembered for the hundreds of companies which closed down owing to the liquidity crunch leaving thousands of families destitute in a country with an unemployment rate of over 80 percent.

Several parastals even failed to pay their employees for long periods.

Some even failed to pay December salaries a move which saw many families fail to celebrate Christmas which is usually filled with festivities.

Very few companies even managed to properly remunerate their employees.

Never has poverty been so rampant as has been witnessed this year.

The United Nations World Food Programme says that 2,2 million people are in dire need of food assistance while 25 percent of the rural population are living on one meal a day.

This year will also go down in the annuls of history as the year the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela an extraordinary man whose life made an impression on even those who had not met him personally.

But as we close the year,  we hope and pray that the ruling party will make good on their word and put in place measurers that will better the lives of the 13 million citizens.

We pray that Zanu PF begins to put into motion all the things they promised in their election manifesto.

They should ensure real economic growth and empowerment which does not start and end with Zanu PF bigwigs but trickles down to the people in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe and Binga and many other areas of this beautiful country.

We implore the ruling party to put people first by ensuring that social services are revived instead of enriching themselves at the expense of suffering citizens.

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