Zimbabweans miss unity govt

HARARE - A new survey released by a local think-tank has shown the majority of Zimbabweans miss the inclusive government which they credited with stabilising the economy.

According to the post-elections survey by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (Mpoi), Zimbabweans blamed President Robert Mugabe’s government for taking the country in a wrong direction.

The survey was conducted in September last year but its findings have just been released, coinciding, with the economic troubles which have raised fears of unrest.

“Almost half of adult Zimbabweans felt the country was going in the wrong direction. Zimbabweans had a gloomy assessment of their present personal and country economic conditions,” the report said.

Forty-two percent believed the country was in a much worse economic situation than was being experienced during the inclusive government in which Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai shared power following the signing of the Global Political Agreement.

The inclusive government stabilised the economy as Zimbabwe ditched its worthless currency to adopt a multi currency system, credited with wiping off runaway inflation and returning goods into the supermarkets.

Two years after its expiry, the gains made at its consummation have been reversed — leading to genuine fears that the current meltdown could lead to collapse of government business.

According to the Mpoi report, 47 percent of the people interviewed believed that the country was going in the wrong direction, while 32 percent believed the country was on the right path.

The Mpoi report said some Zimbabweans also reported deprivations in respect of other basic needs such as clean water, medicine, food, and fuel to cook food.

“Matabeleland North and South provinces were the two most affected by food shortages.  Harare and Bulawayo metropolitan provinces faced serious challenges in terms of access to clean water and fuel to cooking food. Farming came first as the main source of food for many Zimbabweans; in second place was the use of a salary; in third place was project income. Remittances from relatives also played a critical role,” the report read.

“Government received worst rating in terms of job creation and most positive rating in terms of addressing educational needs. By far, unemployment ranked as the most important problem that confronts the current Government. A plurality felt the Government had not done anything important to them.”

Government’s much-maligned blueprint — Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) — was not known by 56 percent of people interviewed.

“Of those who had heard about this economic blueprint (i.e. the 43 percent of the survey respondents), a plurality of 42 percent held the view that the plan is not a remedy to Zimbabwe’s development challenges; another 31 percent felt it was a remedy to a ‘moderate’ or ‘large extent’,” the report read.

Comments (10)

In my view knowing Zimbabweans, I think the 32% that is said to have thought the country is going in the right direction are the ones that did not trust the people who were conducting the survey, thinking they were CIO or members of zanu trying to find out who supports who. Anyone in their right senses would not see anything positive coming from Mugabe and his bootlickers. Maybe 5 to 8% who gaining from the whole chaotic situation.

misty - 31 August 2015

Misty you are dead right

jackson - 31 August 2015

I have totally stopped believing these people since they lied that Mugabe was the most liked political leader in our country despite the fact he Mugabe is the most hated person across the land . They must not be taken serious their credibility is now suspicious .

Diibulaanyika - 31 August 2015

I don't understanda Jackson's question to Mist....

tsvimbo - 31 August 2015

Tsvimbo: I am not asking Misty a question, but supporting his comment on the 32% that is said to have thought the country is going in the right direction.

Jackson - 31 August 2015

dont worry jackson some people always came last in school. ndo vana tsvimbo ava.

5star General - 1 September 2015

and then you voted for the wrong party not reading who brought the economic stability. another chance is coming is coming in 2018. squander it and you will be condemned to perpetual misery.

josphat mugadzaweta - 1 September 2015

Hey consider this: 1890 settlers come into Zimbabwe. 1930 The first African standard 6 graduates come into stream 1940 - 1960 Construction of highways, rail, telecoms, electric power, radio TV. Construction of Salisbury, Bulawayo, Umtali, Gwelo, Kariba, All the towns and cities. 1960 - 1979 Modernize infrastructure especially transport systems (remember : Salisbury United : City : Greendale : Kambuzuma : Light Industrial Sites : Heavy Industrial Sites : City! 1980 - 1990 : Corruption Willowgate scandal. Education, Health for all by 2000. Paweni scandal. 1990 - 2000 Boka scandal. War vets scandals; First Lady Scandals chihure, DRC War scandals; 2000 - 2008 : Gono scandals; All hell breaks loose scandals all over! Zim dollar is dead. USDollar yevavengi in circulation. 2009 - 2012 Temporary Economic recovery Tsavangirayi Power, albeit with ZPF sabotage (imagine what he could do without these morons!?) 2013 - 2015 : Just a year and half ZPF has destructed the country again. Back to 2008 except this time, shops have goods. Crooks are marauding everywhere stealing anything they can lay their hands on. Economy can't handle, can't be rigged. ZPF promises more and more...delivering less and less. Massive retrenchments thanks to midnight instructions to Supreme Court to pass a job loss verdict which was there in the laws all along but was ignored under ZPF instructions. The first jobs lost are in govt linked companies. Now we hear the civil service is going down 60%. No bonuses, no retrenchment packages even with the window dresser so called new Labour Act! GORE RINO!?

Kachuta - 1 September 2015

Yes ,why not-what with a GDP economic growth rate that averaged 10% .The nation also crafted its constitution within the GNU years...Actually the country lost an excellent opportunity to progress even further.

Aliphelithemba - 1 September 2015

@Kachuta wachuta zvechokwadi, iqiniso liyababa

Qawe laMaqawe - 2 September 2015

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