I crafted 2,2m jobs policy: Zhuwao

HARARE - Youth and Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao has claimed credit for crafting a hollow Zanu PF election promise of delivering 2,2 million jobs which has come to naught.

A document titled the Zimbabwe Agenda for a Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), details plans to create 2,2 million jobs within five years, the sale of bonds, securitisation of remittances, re-engagement with international finance institutions and the creation of special economic zones.

President Robert Mugabe, who won a July 2013 election to extend his three-and-half decades in power, is struggling to create the jobs amid rapid de-industrialisation. The ruling administration has also failed to revive an economy that shrank by 40 percent between 2000 and 2008 after the seizure of white-owned commercial farms slashed exports, inflation surged to a world record and relations with the International Monetary Fund were severed.

In the face of high unemployment and rising poverty, the jobs promise was the backbone of assurances given by Mugabe in the run up to the hugely-disputed 2013 elections .

But Mugabe’s nephew, remains adamant the jobs promise will be fulfilled.

“I come from a political party which is led by a president who went to an election on the back of a promise of creating two million 265 thousand jobs, others may say two million jobs but I know the figure exactly because somewhere along the way I may have been part of writing that particular promise,” Zhuwao said during the launch of Start-up of the year by Total last week.

“That promise will be kept,” Zhuwao said.

Observers say the ruling party’s promise to create 2,2 millions jobs is increasingly looking like a pipe dream if the latest retrenchment statistics are anything to go by. Official figures from government show that close to 4 610 companies have shut down in the past four years, resulting in over 55 000 job losses, forcing the majority of employees into a life of vending.

In the foreword to the 129-page ZimAsset document, which details a five-year plan stretching to 2018 for the economy, Mugabe said: “My government has formulated a new plan. The plan is designed to enable Zimbabwe to achieve economic growth and reposition the country as one of the strongest economies in the region and Africa.”

Meanwhile, Zhuwao threatened to takeover Total — a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the six “supermajor” oil companies. 

Comments (4)

this guy is deluded like his uncle. "2,2 millions jobs is increasingly looking like a pipe dream if the latest retrenchment statistics are anything to go by" its not increasingly looking, it was a pipe dream when he put pen to paper to write such hallucinations about creating jobs. A clueless bunch these misleaders.

Galore 123 - 10 November 2015

I n I was high when I penned those figures. But Ja will make things OK.

Okech - 10 November 2015

Let us all pray for our country Zimbabwe. God is our healer. Let us ask God to forgive our wrongs. Ask God to intervene in the affairs of our nation. Let us come against misrule, corruption and injustices. God is our only answer. Pray for God to guide those who rule over us.

Dzvuke Muchaina - 11 November 2015

Ya this guy must be on drugs, I have never heard him talk any sense at all and these are the kind of cabinet ministers we have in Zim. This is laughable but shameful at the same time.

misty - 11 November 2015

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