Factional fights hold country at ransom

HARARE - Zanu PF’s factional fights have taken their toll on the country’s economy that needs serious and urgent attention.

While Zimbabwe is reeling in poverty the ruling party’s factional fights seem to have diverted all the attention from the economy. Zanu PF’s fights are likely to hog the limelight until after the party’s December elective congress.

The party is currently locked in a nasty factional dispute pitting vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa as the battle to succeed President Robert Mugabe hots up.

But Mujuru and Mnangagwa are on record denying ever leading any faction.

However, it has become an open secret that the ruling party is “burning” and divided along factional lines.

At 90, Mugabe who has been in power for the past 34 years has not nominated his successor to lead the revolutionary party.

Mugabe’s rule has been characterised by contradictory policies from reconciliation after independence, and years later to farm evasions resulting in the country being placed under targeted sanctions.

The ripple effects have brought more suffering to the general populace, as unemployment has hit unprecedented levels.

The unemployment rate is estimated at above 80 percent and most university graduates have been reduced to mere vendors.

While the economy is burning, the ruling party is struggling to put out its internal “fires” largely ignoring the economy.

The factional fights are getting a fair share of attention at the expense of economic issues at stake.

Several issues have been taking place that have been affecting the country’s economy. One of these cancerous issues is corruption, which has almost become a second nature to the powers-that-be. Nothing or little has been done to fight corruption.

The Zimbabwean government came up with the Anti-Corruption Commission which was aimed at fighting graft in all sectors of the economy.

Whether this organisation still exists nobody really knows. Several issues were unearthed by the anti graft body, some of which involved ministers from Mugabe’s government, but little was done to prosecute the perpetrators.

The dragnet was fast approaching to nail some government officials, who were involved in shady deals, but the process was abruptly stopped under unclear circumstances.

Instead of fighting the cancerous scourge, the ruling party is busy at each other’s throats with each faction trying to outdo the other to gain favour with Mugabe.

Several accusations have been thrown around, while others are playing hard to malign their “opponents” in a bid to succeed the nonagenarian leader.

This battle has left nothing short of more poverty for the general populace. It has become a scandalous affair, doing nothing to arrest poverty among the people.

Zanu PF has promised over two million jobs during the build-up to last year’s elections and an improved economy, but since the “landslide” victory, things have moved from bad to worse.

With industries closing down, the country is facing an unabated economic freefall, while poverty is biting hard on the defenceless and suffering people.

Liquid cash has become scarce, with government even struggling to raise enough money to sustain its wage bill.

Given the increasing political infighting in Zanu PF, chances of sparing time to revive the economy are slowly dwindling, if not completely wiped out.

The politicians are now focussing on their future political lives, deliberately ignoring the bread and butter issues.

The ruling party’s economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation, popularly known as ZimAsset, has done nothing to transform people’s lives.

ZimAsset has failed to serve its purpose and possibly save the economy. It has remained a “pie in the sky”.

The blueprint, requiring $27 billion to implement in an environment where international financiers are holding tight to their purses has remained a pipe dream.

Mugabe’s trip to China, now considered the country’s best friend could not yield the much needed results, after the president failed to secure the required funds to boost the nation’s coffers. 


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