Mnangagwa comes face to face with reality

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa must be scrambling to find answers over the failure to fill up the 40 000-seater Rufaro Stadium for the Workers’ Day celebrations yesterday.

Yesterday’s Workers’ Day, the first organised by an employer since independence in 1980, was supposed to be a show of force for the ruling party. However, this time around there were thousands of empty seats in the main stadium, and the overflow area was empty.

Even headline acts such as Jah Prayzah and Suluman Chimbetu failed to attract the entertainment-starved workers.

The workers made a bold statement to government and Mnangagwa yesterday.

The VP dismally failed to live up to expectations on the day. Despite his melodrama and dramatic prose, he failed to get through to the few who attended.

There could be a number of reasons but two stand out.

Firstly, the keynote speaker was just unappealing to the workers and is a hugely unpopular figure in Zimbabwean politics.

Secondly, workers are thoroughly demoralised by this government and its attempt to usurp their day.

Unionism is about organising, associating and assembly. It is about mass mobilisation. The Zanu PF government dismally failed in this regard.

More critically, in many enterprises in all sectors of the economy country-wide, in both the public and private sectors, working people have gone for long periods without being paid for work already done. In the last month, the spectre of cash shortages has haunted even the few who are still employed, as they fail to access their hard-earned money.

Zanu PF and Mnangagwa must take this as a wake-up call. They are obviously disappointed by the attendance as the Public Service minister had given an assurance that a capacity crowd would attend the gathering.

We agree with the joint statement issued by the opposition political parties yesterday that generally, the people feel hopeless, and they are in despair, dejected and demoralised.

This year’s commemorations take place in an environment characterised by the collapse of the formal economy, high unemployment, near-total collapse of service delivery and a ravaging drought.

Put simply, there is nothing to celebrate. As the opposition parties rightly stated, there is need for all players in the social contract, the employer, the government and the workers to recommit themselves to the implementation of the Social Contract articulated in the Kadoma Declaration. This cardinal national covenant has been rendered inutile by the inept and corrupt Zanu PF government.

And the snub by workers represents a slap on the face of Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF government.

We hope they have taken this lesson to heart.


Comments (2)

I smell jonathan's deon all over this article

Tengenenge - 3 May 2016

Hapana apa if at all Ngwena sabotaged the Pres's filthy lies all the time. Daily news and the Zimbos are so used to fake bumper crowds, people bought by salt , sugar tractors frog marched..If Ngwena wanted to mobilise could have done that with aid of war vets, but why organise fakr crowd to boost RGM... Poor crowd reflects on RGM'S poor governance not the other way round. WVs cld have been ferried to boost the crowd , but why do that for G40 head

reality - 4 May 2016

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