Zanu PF has no answers

HARARE - On Thursday, it will be exactly a year since Zanu PF claimed controversial victory in elections that ended the coalition government.

During the tenure of the Zanu PF-MDCs consortium, President Robert Mugabe was impatiently eager to end the life of what he sneeringly described as “this creature”.

Zanu PF felt manacled by an arrangement which deprived it sufficient latitude to implement its own policies.

And the policies, as we learnt, were subsequently encapsulated in a document called ZimAsset.

Within it was a claim Zanu PF would create about two million jobs, build 250 0000 low income housing units, 310 public schools and 300 clinics, in the next five years.

As former MDC finance minister Tendai Biti noted, the above figures would have entailed that in year one, 451 200 jobs would have been created, 50 000 low income houses constructed, and 60 public schools and 50 clinics built.

The demise of the “creature” that was the coalition unshackled Zanu PF to effectuate these plans unhindered.

A year on now, none of the promises has eventuated. These were wildly outlandish promises.

One would have been loopy then to believe Zanu PF, and even loopier now, to think that Mugabe’s government would ever fulfil these promises.

Zanu PF also projected a growth rate of 9 percent.

But on 1 July, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa had to write to the IMF revising GDP growth for 2014 of 3,1 percent.

Even Mugabe’s statement that the economy was growing was roundly dismissed for the bald claim it was.

The economy is stuck in the mud.

Chinamasa attempted to buttress his leader’s claim in Parliament by pointing at the burgeoning tobacco sales.

The reality is companies are closing down, unemployment is too high, government cannot pay civil servants fairly and timely; thousands of children are out of school, hospitals have no drugs, regular water and electricity cuts persist… the list is inexhaustible.

Whatever our politicians smoke, it is certainly not the profitable tobacco we export. But the sales of tobacco alone cannot be expected to ameliorate these stark realities.

What has become increasingly clear is that Zanu PF does not have answers to the big questions facing this country.

During the past week, both the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, and Senate President Edna Madzongwe, took turns to admonish and threaten ministers for failing to turn up to       answer questions.

On the face of it, ministerial truancy smacks of indiscipline and utter disrespect for Parliament and indeed the public.

MDC MP for Mabvuku James Maridadi pointed out that the absenteeism had become troublingly worse.

But it could also be that the absconding ministers simply do not have answers to the hard questions confronting this country.

Yet it was reported that the Ministry of Finance is set to purchase luxury Mercedes Benz vehicles after negotiating a $1,4 million loan with the African Banking Corporation of Zimbabwe (BancABC).

That a bankrupt government would approach a bank for a loan to buy luxury vehicles is quite staggering.

And that these cars may be destined for the same people who do not bother turning up at Parliament is infuriating.

It would seem these people have given up on national duty only to enjoy perks of the job.

In the search for answers, both the MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and  Biti, of the rival MDC Renewal Team — both part of the last coalition- have been calling for dialogue.

Zanu PF has dismissed the proposition as an attempt by the MDCs to re-enter government through the back door.

The loathsome “creature” to Zanu PF as it might have been, the coalition did provide some answers to the country’s economic and political troubles.

However, opening the door to dialogue now does not or should not mean a return to coalition.

It should facilitate sharing of ideas.

The problems that this country is facing transcend rigid partisan politics.

Comments (5)

That a bankrupt government would approach a bank for a loan to buy luxury vehicles is quite staggering. And that these cars may be destined for the same people who do not bother turning up at Parliament is infuriating. You summed it all CN, a reward for not doing what they were appointed to do. What a paradox?

Bhora Mberi - 29 July 2014

Does one really have to be a rocket scientist to see the pathetic ZANU PF failure?It is very sickening to see what would've been sensible patriots, profusely defending this failure.The same idiots still want people to believe those stupid, false,empty sanctions cries. But the people of Zimbabwe, can never be fooled anymore.They know the truth.The gvt's glaring failure is there even for the blind to see for themselves.

NJAKENJAKE - 30 July 2014

Massive vending industry created is there for all to see and access - Zim -ASSET results bearing fruits.

Mukanya - 31 July 2014

I agree with the analysis above xcept for one fact. It states that the economy is stuck in mud, implying a standstill. I contend that it is stuck in quicksand sinking deeper into the depths.

Johno - 31 July 2014

Please let's not fool anyone by lying that gvt is working on reviving our industry.We desperately need FDI which is not forthcoming because of gvt's dilly dallying on revising their economic policies.We have no respect for the law&property rights but we want foreigners to bring investment here.That's just crazy...We will remain a nation of illegal vendors & foolishly hope to revive our economy that way.

garosviba - 31 July 2014

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