Mugabe clueless on reviving economy

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday wasted a golden opportunity to pronounce key economic policies when he presented his State-of-the-Nation Address in Parliament that was long on rhetoric and short on solutions to a plethora of challenges affecting the economy.

To say Zimbabwe is a pale shadow of its former self would be an understatement. The country is literally on its knees with unemployment hovering over 90 percent, massive company closures, hunger and poverty stalking the majority of its citizens and a breakdown in social and health systems.

A myriad of bad economic decisions in the last 35 years have made Zimbabwe a laughing stock not only in the Sadc region, but internationally as well.

Foreign investors are constantly skirting the country in favour of its regional neighbours such as Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia, thanks to Mugabe and his Zanu PF-led government’s chaotic land reform programme and the controversial indigenisation policies.

Mugabe proved beyond doubt that he did not deserve re-election in 2013. And it is now a fact that Zanu PF under Mugabe has also failed to rig the economy.

The aged leader failed to address national pressing issues such as high unemployment rate, power and water shortages, liquidity crisis, lack of medicines, declining education standards and deteriorating agricultural production.

Not even once, did our dear leader address concerns of at least 1,5 million people who are facing hunger and starvation — according to latest World Food Programme statistics — due to his government’s populist policies that decimated Zimbabwe’s famed agriculture sector.

The situation at public schools is appalling to say the least. A huge number of school children have been dropping out due to lack of disposable income and teachers have since stopped taking classes seriously due to low remuneration and poor working conditions.

During his televised and 30-minute speech, Mugabe proved to all and sundry that he is out of touch with reality and the sufferings of Zimbabweans.

We want to urge you Mr President to introspect and think of the legacy you want to leave behind.

After 35 years at the helm, we think it’s time Mugabe passes on the baton to the next leader — with new strategies that will make Zimbabwe an economic giant again.

At the moment, the economic situation is made worse by political uncertainty and in particular, the general vagueness, apparent confusion and intra-party fighting over the future leadership of the country.

Comments (1)

IF I WAS MUGABE NOMATTER THE PEOPLE VOTED ME INTO POWER I WOULD HAVE RESIGNED TAKE A REST FOR THE FEW LAST YEARS LEFT IF NOT DAYS AND HAVE MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY AND HOT BACK GUCCI BECAUSE SURELY IF HE REMAIN ON THE CHAIR HE IS GOING TO FACE THE WORST HUMILIATION EVER WORSE THAN OTHER DICTATORS eg GADDAFFI, HUSSEIN ,AMIN ,MOBUTO etc CALL IT A DAY TATEGURU MAKUDZIRWA NENDOVE NOW NOW.

JIBHA - 27 August 2015

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