Zim leaders must be pragmatic

HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s appeal to Zimbabweans to set aside their differences as part of efforts to attract investors from across the world is commendable and encouraging.

It is unusual to get such a pragmatic approach from the inner circle of  President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF.

In his remarks, in which he said “the context of Zimbabwe’s problems is that the country is not in the global economy”, the Treasury chief was brutally honest.

But it is, sadly, the truth. Zimbabwe is isolated. It has almost become a pariah State.

The Finance minister is simply saying that Zimbabwe needs to reengage with the world. It needs to set aside its differences and find common ground with all countries, regions and continents.

Ever since Mugabe snubbed the West and introduced the look East policy — focusing on dealing with Asian countries like China — Zimbabwe has learnt the hard way.

Like Chinamasa said, we need to set aside our differences. Zimbabwe desperately needs to attract foreign direct investment. What matters most is that the investments are a win-win and benefit Zimbabwe, including generations to come.

For a long time now, Zimbabwe has struggled to attract meaningful investment.

Sadly, Mugabe’s so-called “all-weather” Chinese friends embraced under the Look-East policy have not delivered yet on the promised multi-billion dollar deals.

This goes to show that Zimbabwe cannot rely on China and other Asian countries alone.

We need to engage the rest of the world, irrespective of race or colour. In his re-engagement efforts, Chinamasa said we had reached the stage where the IMF is now supposed to clear the country’s accumulated debt amounting to $1,7 billion.

If all Mugabe’s cronies would have the same approach as Chinamasa, Zimbabwe would solve its problems. It would not be in the mess it is today.

Unfortunately, Chinamasa seems to be one of the few voices of reason in the ruling Zanu PF at least on this reengagement issue.

His efforts will be sabotaged by his colleagues.

Just over the weekend, his principal Mugabe lambasted Western powers.

The 92 year-old leader said Zimbabweans should brace for suffering because we have been denied “assistance by outsiders demanding that they should do what they want in our country. We say no”.

But Mugabe is not the one who will suffer because of such actions and approach.

It is the ordinary Zimbabweans who will suffer.

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Dhewa - 22 July 2016

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