Job exports expose Mugabe

HARARE - The Zanu PF-led government this week brimmed with joy that at least 8 000 graduates from the country’s tertiary institutions have applied to be placed on database for job placements abroad when opportunities arise.

For a country that boasts of having an official unemployment rate of 11 percent — one of the lowest in Africa — exporting our children to go and work in war-torn countries such as Sudan and Somalia, makes a sad reading for the future of Zimbabwe.

This latest revelation exposes President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF government’s failure to provide the much promised 2,2 million jobs by 2018 to thousands of graduates churned out by tertiary institutions annually.

On the contrary, unemployment is on the increase as more and more companies succumb to the harsh operating environment characterised by a severe liquidity crunch, with the unemployment rate currently estimated to be above 80 percent.

It is our strong contention that the exportation of our labour to foreign lands is a sharp contrast to an ambitious skills retention programme carried out by government in 2006 aimed at fighting the devastating brain drain prompted by Zanu PF’s mismanagement of the economy, resulting in massive job losses and company closures.

The programme’s target was to offer incentives for Zimbabweans in the Diaspora with critical skills to return to the country. Millions of Zimbabweans are immigrants all over the world, as the country’s economic fortunes appear doomed to worsen before they start to improve.

However, like many other well-intentioned government programmes, there has been very little in the way of results when it comes to arresting the ongoing brain drain.

Among the country’s professionals who have left the country for greener pastures include engineers, doctors, accountants, architects and bankers.

But government now regards labour exportation as part of the solution to reducing rising unemployment wrought by quickening company closures, which has resulted in the informalisation of the economy.

Although labour exportation will temporarily help ease the problems of unemployment, fears abound that the move will only result in the haemorrhaging of skills vital to the recovery of the comatose economy.

What Zimbabwe needs at the moment is a new leader, with new ideas to turn around this economy through investor-friendly policies and this will in no time result in employment creation.

Mugabe must simply solve the succession issue in his dying political outfit and hand over power to the next crop of leaders.

Comments (6)

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chihombori - 10 September 2015

What is so outstanding about exporting labour ?its time we should see it as a gain especially for the state as much as the people as they would get experience of how the world is out of our little Zim.At the same time the state should get some sort of reward surely in the deal as some sort of token of appreciation for its role in education and not just give skilled manpower for free as was the case

carson macate - 11 September 2015

Hey Bob, when are you going to sort out your mess for children of our beloved country to come back home and work for their country ? We did not fight for independence for our sons and daughters to be slaves in foreign lands - without the dignity we were deprived of in our own land before independence. Bvuma wakoniwa mudhara. Nobody will hang you for failing. All what we wish for is you to admit and surrender thereby paving the way for a new beginning. Your circle of empty rhetoric will not do anybody any good. You can salvage a bit of my respect in the eleventh our if only you can only say NDAZVITADZA MHURI YEZIMBABWE chionai kuti matsvaga mumwe angamununurai. We thank you for your part in the liberation struggle. Goodbye. With all my heart I forgive you. May God bless you on your journey out.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 12 September 2015

Baba ndiyambutseyi uru rwizi Jordan !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 12 September 2015

Guys, let's be realistic - do you want more than 8K graduates to roam the streets of Zim or they can be put to use by doing expat jobs. Let's look at the + side of things and what stands to be benefited, from personal to social, extended families, survival etc etc Some facts are true and irreversible - 1st Zim produces quality graduands & known to be high performers on the job front world wide. 2nd, the tertiary institutions in Zim will continue to produce good graduates and if there is excess skillsets, why not export it for both personal and social benefit. Moreso, let the guys go where there are jobs worldwide b4 the jobs are grabbed away by other nationalities in this global environment. I am a Zim expat and believe you mi, i went by choice but the benefits are enormous - grab the opportunity guys, if you don't and stay at home due to your political affiliation, yet there is no food on your table, then you are foolish. We don't eat sovereignty, we work and get enriched - God says, i will bless the works of thy hand - what do you present b4 God to bless. Zim politicians look after themselves from taxpayer's & donors monies, what does a graduate has to show for themselves - VIVA CHATUNGA!! - good strategy! Those who registered for possible placements - i say WELL DID!! Tingakundwa nemaChina anoexporter prisoners (asina kana gr 7 zvayo) and by doing that, they reduce a lot of social ills in their country & even th load on the government expenditure etc – haa mukai machinda!! God gave us authority to rule the WHOLE EARTH (no boundaries) and being educated is a weapon towds that, saka wakagarirei muZim uchitambura! – lets grab the opportunities/make hay while sunshines!!!.

chakari - 9 February 2016

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