Tsvangirai convenes shadow cabinet meeting

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday met with his shadow cabinet and declared they had solutions to turn around the deteriorating Zimbabwean economy.

The shadow cabinet discussed the plight of civil servants, who are failing to reach a pay deal with the Zanu PF government.

Nelson Chamisa, MDC shadow minister of information and publicity told the Daily News the MDC has solutions to problems besetting the nation.

“We have the keys to turn around the economy of Zimbabwe. Our fellow colleagues in Zanu PF have failed for decades,” Chamisa said.

He said the $79 salary increment proposed for civil servants by the Zanu PF government was disrespectful and pathetic.

“We need to restore the decency and dignity of a worker and citizen of Zimbabwe by addressing to so many pressing issues such as the limping industry in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Chamisa said the alternative government (MDC shadow cabinet) stands ready to extricate the country from the deep economic crisis.

“What is paining is that we have all the resources in our country, but we have nothing to show for that because of corruption,” he said.

“How can a government wonder over some unprecedented salaries in some institution while it is supposed to be checking every corridor in the government?”

After meeting his party’s shadow cabinet, the former prime minister proceeded to meet Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) officials to discuss the economic crunch and the plight of ordinary workers.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said the meeting with ZCTU was a reaffirmation by his boss of commitment towards workers.

“The president is concerned with the plight of workers and he regularly meets with ZCTU to map the way forward,” Tamborinyoka said.

Chamisa said the shadow cabinet expressed concern over the liquidity crunch, job losses, closing down of companies and the national budget that he said does not solve the country’s problems.

“MDC is worried over the 1 million students who have been cut off the Beam project due to the failure of the government to provide for the underprivileged,” he said.

Over one million students have failed to go to school this week because the Basic Education Assistance Model (Beam) has no money.

Chamisa criticised Zanu PF over empty promises.

Comments (6)

"How can a government wonder over some unprecedented salaries in some institution while it is supposed to be checking every corridor in the government?” so says Chamisa. Chamisa, don't try and play cheap politics here. You forgeting that the misdemeanor at ZBC and other parastatals were plaid out at a time these institutions were under MDC-T through the Ministry of Parastatals and State Enterprises with Goden Moyo as the responsible Minister. you went to sleep when you joined the GNU and suddenly today you seek to present MDC-T as the messiah of our problems. Rubbish.

Deception - 17 January 2014

Iwe Chamisa don't talk shit. Where areyou to get the money when your Biti failed us the past five years?

Alheit - 17 January 2014

we are not fools tsvangison, what did you do for us when you were in the office?????please stop capitalising on our issues if you had a grain of love for the masses you would work to build Zimbabwe not cause chaos........

zimbo - 17 January 2014

Politics is a game of cards

Tenzi - 18 January 2014

(The shadow cabinet) is what for who ? There is no need for MDC-T to meet and discuss political/national issues now for they need to sit down and discuss how they can remove the sunctions they imposed on the Zimbabwean nation.To HELL with you for we will NEVER forget/forgive for this.

Toridodo - 18 January 2014

$1 a day phrase that I get from BBC Radio upsets. Imagine countries which have a debt burden of large sums of money saying third world people live on a dollar a day. They are rich with a large debt (if divided each citizen would owe millions) but they survive on debt creates money. Some countries have been printing treasury bills for more than a year now. These countries write scripts and even give out as investment capital or money. These countries are owing resources from paper money. There must be a look on property rights as such countries are enriching themselves from paper money that they claim to invest in mining, etc. If they are doing this why are third world countries not doing the same.

John Gwizo - 18 January 2014

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