Zhuwao is offside

HARARE - Zanu PF’s penchant for clicking the self-destruct button, which is clearly underlined by senseless internal fights and policy contradictions, remain the biggest obstacle in the country’s re-engagement efforts.

There appears to be a deliberate ploy to sabotage the efforts of well-meaning Zimbabweans who have demonstrated a desire to help extricate the country from the current economic problems.

Surely there is no good reason why ministers, who are appointed by the President, can decide to contradict a government policy pronounced by its chief executive.

But this has been going on without any attempts to rein in these ministers whose reckless utterances, especially on indigenisation, have created confusion and scared off potential investors.

New indigenisaton minister Patrick Zhuwao has created more confusion with his statements which are ill-advised and sadly, they militate against efforts to remove doubts about investing in Zimbabwe.

“I think we just need to educate our ignorant colleagues some of whom actually occupy high-level positions. They need to go beyond accepting what a white man tells them,” Zhuwao said.

“Some of these people are educated to the level of having PhDs; so they need to go beyond what somebody who has come in as a foreigner or somebody who has come in trying to negotiate the best possible deal for themselves is saying and look at the facts.”

These statements are rooted in Zanu PF’s pursuit of predatory politics at the expense of building a developmental State with space for every citizen.

Zhuwao is opposed to decentralisation of the indigenisation mandates which allows other ministries to deal with investors with direct interests in areas that fall under their purview.

The decentralisation makes sense and is one way of improving the ease of doing business in Zimbabwe, an area that the country needs to institute reforms to attract Foreign Direct Investments. (FDIs)

Zimbabwe is ranked 171 and has a lot do in making it easier to start up business in the country.

For a country that desperately needs investment, it is important that government removes all impediments which are scuttling FDI.

A reform of investment laws, visa considerations, labour market regulation, respecting property rights, taxes and protecting minority investors, are some of the things that the Zimbabwean government needs to follow.

There are benchmarks which have been set and if there is political will, Zimbabwe stands to attract FDI and the much-needed capital to rejuvenate its near comatose economy.

And Zhuwao should be playing a positive role in this.

Comments (5)

Zhuwawo is just singing from the same book as other minister on that evil law . This indegnisation law was crafted by thieve who just want to grad and enjoy a piece of cake which they didn't sweat for , that is Mugabe's way of stealing from the investors , so for get about property rights and everything even the rule of law . The law must just be scrapped and abandoned for the good of the investors , or amend it to suit both sides with consultation with the stake holders not only the Zanu PF hearachy . Until and when that law is got rid of you will dream of investors in a million years , you have your government cabins full of investment on paper . The other thing which is also killing and closing away investors is corruption .Mugabe must fire all corrupt ministers and dissolve government and start affresh , ICHO

Mudhara - 28 September 2015

Lol Mudhara you got old ideas. Mugabe must fire himself first so we can all start afresh.

Jah Black - 28 September 2015

lets work together and build our nation avoid kunyombana uku..........................

chimusoro chemusangano - 29 September 2015

REMEMBER THAT U CANNOT DO THE SAME THING MANY TIMES ,CHANGE IS UNAVOIDABLE

CHE - 29 September 2015

People may not like what Zhuwawo is saying but he is saying the honest truth. Reforms will change the status quo that could lead to the inevitable regime change. The Civil service is bloated mainly by ZPF functionaries. If u reduce the Civil service by 50% then u have to retrench these ZPF election rigging experts . This could lead to regime change. The irony though is that with the decline in revenue there is no longer enough money to pay these ZPF Ghost workers in govt. Zhuwawo and other Ministers do not want re-engagement with the Western creditors and FDIs coz they do not want to implement regime change reforms. The dilemma is China will not give them a cash bailout to finance wages and salaries. We wait to see who will win this war between the likes of Zhuwawo and others Ministers vs Chinamasa and other ministers. While they fight it out the Zimbabwe economy and people of Zimbabwe continue to suffer.

Citizen - 1 October 2015

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