Political will vital for Zim progress

HARARE - There is need for politicians to have the courage to implement policies that will move the country forward, or to adjust them when they have made mistakes.

For too long, government has been long on promises and intentions to uplift the lives of ordinary people to new levels through policies spelling out the intended course of action.

If Zimbabweans were to take a tally of all the documentation — the economic blueprints which government has not seen through — they would be surprised at how little  has come out of the mountains of paper.

As the Doing Business Committee (DBC) rightly points out, lack of political will has been government’s undoing in all its noble intentions.

It is time for the nation to stop forming committees and roll up sleeves to get the job done.

With some justification, ordinary people quip that committees have become useless assemblies where much time is wasted discussing issues over and over again as government fails to take action on recommended resolutions.

This is a waste of time as the same advice is proffered over and over again.

Various policies have been pronounced, which have raised hopes of a brighter future for Zimbabweans but the crunch comes in implementation.

Crisis-weary citizens are prepared to see drastic action taken to deal with issues that hinder the country economic development and they are prepared to support the efforts.

They want to see politicians walk the talk.

But more often than not, they have been disappointed when nothing happens.

Unfortunately, citizens have no means to make politicians  accountable for their ineptitude as they have been unwilling to be brought to book by parliamentary committees where they are supposed to explain what they are doing in their ministries.

Many ministers have played truant and ignored summons to appear before committees to explain their sins of omissions and commission

As long as this arrogant attitude  is allowed to prevail, there is no hope that Zimbabwe’s fortunes will change.

The country’s Achille’s heel has been its failure to implement its policies.

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