ZimAsset inhospitable to youths: Mujuru

HARARE - Joice Mujuru, Zimbabwe’s acting President, said her Zanu PF party’s economic blueprint ZimAsset, is “inhospitable” to youths’ aspirations.

Mujuru was addressing a handful of mourners yesterday at the burial of the late retired lieutenant colonel Harold Mtandwa Chirenda at the National Heroes’ Acre in Harare yesterday.

Mujurusaid the economic blueprint did not adequately address issues around information technology as well as banking and the financial services sector.

She said she had been approached by youths who had told her that while they were generally happy that ZimAsset covered good ground in terms of addressing important economic issues, the blueprint had inadequacies  in important sectors.

“Defensively, I retorted: ‘Which two areas? ZimAsset has gone through various stages of the party and government, and was debated thoroughly. Now you tell us it is inadequate’,” Mujuru said.

Mujuru said she had thoughtfully considered the youths’ assertions. She said there was need to take on board such feedback to make the blueprint “elastic enough to accommodate the key enablers”.

“That conversation gave me hope,” she said.

“It suggested a generation that is actively engaging and busy unpacking a national policy and ready to challenge it.”

ZimAsset has been criticised by analysts,who argue that government did not fully engage stakeholders in drafting the document, warning that this may be detrimental to its implementation.

“It is one thing to try to consult in a ritualistic fashion, but it is another to be substantively involved in a programme like ZimAsset,” political analyst and University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure said.

“The test of the policy is in implementation and its funding is also critical. It excludes key strategic shareholders such as the private sector and NGOs.

“It will become difficult to get that buy-in from such stakeholders, making the document defective at birth. It is likely not to achieve its expected results. It should have a national character.”

Turning to Chirenda,

Mujuru said the former army general was a dedicated party cadre who served his country with unrivalled distinction. 

Chirenda, was a commander trained by Mujuru’s late husband, Rex Nhongo and a host of other combatants during the liberation war.

She lamented the fact that many of the liberation war heroes had departed without having the opportunity to share their experiences with the nation.

“We have not written our history, we are great but mute heroes,” Mujuru said.

“We have not narrated our experiences even to this generation that lives.

“Much worse, our experiences are buried away with us, rendered eternally mute, when we die, one at a time until we are all gone one day.

“Unless they spoke when they lived, dead comrades don’t tell stories,” said Mujuru in an emotionally-charged and poetic speech.

Chirenda died on January 1 after battling a long illness.

Comments (12)

you say "only a handful mourners were present" ko vekuMpedzanhamo, Siya so, Matapi, Mbare musika vanositinhwa neChipangano vangavasiko here this time? these are the people who have always filled the place particularly in the last 6, 7 years.

chipangano - 10 January 2014

So what nhai Joyce???

res - 10 January 2014

Atleast something constructive was said at the Heroes Acre for the first time. Kuti haasi Mugabe wavaiviga here? These clowns are capable of doing anything.

Joyce Mujuru - 10 January 2014

Its at least heart rending and refreshing to realise w have someone up there who does not feel threatened by some innovative youths trying to advance the Zim agenda by developing a locally manufactured helicopter. Lets hope you mean what you say Joyce, maybe one day we will have a sleek fighter jet, code named, ''Nehandastealth''.

top heavy - 10 January 2014

This is the first proper graveside speech. Well done mother. However, mother and the whole nation be advised that the true history of Zimbabwe will, maybe, written after Mugabe is gone.

Exiled - 11 January 2014

She is damn confused and why are you are attacking the Blue Print now Joyce...uir hure remakoko is it. Why didn't you tell our Robert Mugavbe matuzvi iwayo instead of going public at a War Veteran burial. Your faction is matuzvi ok. You are in the office and you want to tell the public kuti Zim-Asset is fuck. Nonsense neFaction yako duzvi rako Joyce. Hence my support for Ngwena not a woman who is confused like you. Hence even your supporters vakadzvi vaGumbura......Go to hell....nefaction yako ok Joyce and go and cook matuzvi for the late Solo. We are watching you ok otherwise uri mukadzi and that statement yawaita ...you were supposed kubaya.....Every minute we are watching you....Otherwise waguta nyemba ok

Clemence Tashaya - 11 January 2014

What does she mean inhospitable. You Have been in goverment for ages what have you achieved, ZERO Who takes a ZANU pf document seriously anyway

john moyo - 11 January 2014

Clement Tashaya please show some respect for your seniors.Zvekutuka Vice=President who fought for you is not nice.

Guranyanga - 11 January 2014

I am not sure whether the VP has read the ZIM Asset Document. ICT is adequately covered on section 7.3.2(IV) on pp77 and page 88,89 & 90 are dedicated to ICT from ICT governance, ICT backbone and Infrastructure, E-Government and ICT Research and Development. The Financial services sector has been adequately covered in the budget and the details will be contained in the Monetary Policy soon to be presented by the RBZ. While the government regulates the financial sector, it is generally an area dominated by the private sector but Zim Asset covered areas like capacitating Agribank, IDBZ, SEDCO and creating a wealth fund among other things.

Timothy Thorton - 12 January 2014


thex - 13 April 2015

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