Juice better than ZimAsset: Mwonzora

BULAWAYO - The MDC says its economic blueprint Jobs Upliftment Investment Capital and Environment(JUICE) launched in 2012 could have worked better than the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) currently flaunted as a panacea to Zimbabwe’s economic problems.

“We would have done better because JUICE appeals to investors. It is not a populist policy which scares away investors with indigenisation.

“Had it been implemented, there would not be liquidity problems in Zimbabwe. People would get their money from banks,” party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said adding that; “We were better.”

Mwonzora said his party had every intention to implement the policy if they had succeeded in the July 31, 2013 election.

“Unfortunately, because we are not in government, we were unable to implement the panacea for Zimbabwe’s economic and political ills. We continue as a party to advice Zimbabweans on the correct economic policies.

“The current economic problems in the country are a testimony that ZimAsset does not work,” he told the Daily News.

Mwonzora said his party launched JUICE as an alternative economic blueprint meant to remove Zimbabwe from the economic quagmire it is mired in.

“We launched the economic blueprint in response to the un-workability of the so-called indigenisation policy by (Savior) Kasukuwere and Zanu PF,” he said.

Through JUICE, the mainstream MDC targeted creating one million new jobs between 2013 and 2018 with projected average GDP growth of 8 percent per annum.

ZimAsset however, has been heavily criticised as economists say the economy is getting worse.

In an earlier interview with the Daily News, economist Bongani Ngwenya said there was no change in Zimbabwe’s economy and things were set to get even worse.

Another economist, Eric Bloch said the time frame set by the government to achieve its goals showed it was being over optimistic in its economic growth and can only reach such growth through changing policies and increasing foreign investment.

Bloch projected a 3 percent economic growth as compared to 6,3 percent stated by the ZimAsset.

“We are being over optimistic in our economic growth for 2014,” he said.

Comments (8)

Mwonzora is increasingly sounding like a broken record.

godfrey gudo - 28 March 2014

Mr Mwozora, it is my belief that all parties view their economic blueprint as the one thing that could save the zimbabwean situation. Zanu pf believes zim asset is the best and u on the other hand view juice as the most apropriate to our situation. The truth is that there are some good brains in both zanu pf and mdc and if these come together regardless of political affiliation t, then our situation can be saved with minimum outside interference. there is no way zimasset or juice is foolproof, but if we unite the good in both of them miracles can happen

the one - 28 March 2014

ZIMASSET was just electioneering.Elections are gone & the winners are now deeply rooted in corruption while the country is burning economically.

gondo - 28 March 2014

We need a gvt with people at heart Zimbabwe is burning.

zim - 28 March 2014

@the one, what a gem of an idea! But then that would not be gud for either party, and thats not what politicians want, its not like they really really care about our wellbeing , our votes are a special currency to them. see how rich it makes them while we fight!

Don Wezhira - 28 March 2014

Sounding as if you were not in Government before???? Why did you not do something when you were in Government?

taka - 28 March 2014

WHETHER THE MDC-T'S ECONOMIC MANIFESTO JUICE IS BETTER THAN ZANU(PF)' S ZIM ASSET IS COMPLETELY UNIMPORTANT. JUICE WILL REMAIN A DEAD ECONOMIC FOETUS. OF COURSE THE MDC- T ARE FREE TO CONTRIBUTE ANY ECONOMIC IDEAS FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE ONCE-UPON-TIME PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI, HAS FIRST TO STEP DOWN FROM THE HELM OF THE MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 28 March 2014

zimasset is not a sound economic blueprint rather its a political party document which is far from reality

Sandra Ndlovu - 31 August 2015

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