Zanu PF must deliver on election promises

HARARE - Zimbabwe is literally hanging by the thread as the ruling party Zanu PF seems to be clueless on how to bring relief to suffering citizens who are crippled by the effects of an acute liquidity crunch.

As if that is not enough, the southern African nation, once referred to as the breadbasket of Africa, is faced with an acute food crisis.

Acting President Emmerson Mnangangwa, who is also leader of government business in Parliament, recently told legislators that Zimbabwe faced an acute drought.

This revelation comes at a time when United Nations agencies say 25 percent of the 13 million Zimbabweans survive on one meal a day.

The IMF on one hand predicts the economy, which only grew by 3,1 percent last year, will regress further.

Analysts say at least 90 percent of our people are unemployed despite tertiary institutions churning out thousands of graduates each year.

Hundreds of companies have since shut down ever since Zanu PF received a fresh mandate to form a government in 2013.

The government has also failed to attract foreign direct investment owing to its rigid policies.

In its 2013 election manifesto aptly titled; Indeginise, Empower, Develop and create Employment, the 52-year-old party promised to create more than two million jobs and grow the economy by at least nine percent. But almost two years after the controversial electoral victory, Zimbabweans are yet to reap the benefits.

The health sector and social service delivery system are almost on their knees. MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says Zimbabwe has now turned into a nation of beggars and vendors.

We tend to agree.

The once “sunshine City” of Zimbabwe — Harare — is now a shadow of its former self as citizens are eking out a living vending on the streets.

In the past, vending was restricted to petty items like sweets and fruit but it is now common to find a second hand clothes vendor selling right at the door steps of big clothing outlets like Edgars and Truworths.

Is this the indigenisation, empowerment and creation of employment Zanu PF promised?

We plead with the president Robert Mugabe-led government to walk the talk and begin to deliver on their election promises.

We appeal to the conscience of the powers that be to spare a thought for the less fortunate families who live on less than $1 a day the next time they decide to throw parties worth $1 million.

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