Govt must heed people's calls

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF-led government must heed growing calls by the citizens to step down and allow fresh blood to govern the country and revive its waning economic conditions.

Events of the past few weeks and more demonstrations planned in the weeks ahead are a clear indication of the frustrations that are mounting in the country due to Zanu PF’s mismanagement of the economy since 1980.

We are equally flabbergasted by the fact that Mugabe and his henchmen continue to hold on to power — through brutal means — when they have clearly failed to deliver the 2013 election mandate they got from the people.

The economy is in the doldrums and Zimbabwe will be lucky to achieve any growth rate this year after the country revised down its economic growth targets it had unrealistically set at a paltry 2,7 percent in the 2016 budget to 1,4 percent.

If anything, the country had a negative growth in 2015 and the government has not crafted any interventions to reverse the slide into the red.

All the major headwinds which were responsible for negative growth last year are still present and actually exacerbating this year.

Unemployment increased dramatically after the July 2015 Supreme Court ruling on termination of jobs by three month-notice. Over 40 000 of the few remaining workers lost their jobs as a result driving unemployment to 90 percent.

De-industrialisation continued with more than 100 companies which were operating closing shop by the end of 2015. The price of our key exports like platinum, gold and chrome fell drastically on the international market while energy supply was very erratic in the last half of 2015.

We have correctly said it before and we will continue to say that the Zanu PF regime is as clueless and indifferent as they are incompetent to address the deep-seated challenges facing the economy.

The social indicators are appalling and a true testimony of Mugabe’s failed leadership. And 83 percent of Zimbabweans now live on less than $1 per day, maternal mortality rate is at 614 deaths per 100 000 births and service delivery in most cities and towns has collapsed.

In addition to all this, Zimbabwe has become a net food importer and requiring to import 1,2 metric tonnes of maize this year alone in order to feed at least 5,5 million people at a cost of $1,5 billion.

This is the sad reality Zimbabwe finds itself in and for the nonagenarian leader and his rogue government ministers to say that the economy is on the rebound betrays how clueless they are on economic matters.

The only way for Zimbabwe to move forward is when the Zanu PF leadership listens to the masses and resigns to preserve the little dignity they still have left.

    Comments (3)

    Mugabe has no Mandate to rule: He rigged with Nikuv, on the limited number of voters whose voters' role never sasw the light of the day till today.. He barred Diasporans from voting yet we have over 5 million adults out there..Full Zimbabweans who have not by any means renounced their citizenship! These people crave and yearn to vote every election! Yet ther re denied..He simply doesn't have no mandate.

    frankly - 26 August 2016

    Indeed this is a serious error by the author of this otherwise factual account. It is not correct to say the 2013 election they got from the people, instead these crooks imposed themselves on the people. They are raping the country everyday but I am afraid some are on the road to gaining favour of the people and may soon recover some dignity by joining the long fighting comrades.

    Yeoman Thomas - 27 August 2016

    Indeed this is a serious error by the author of this otherwise factual account. It is not correct to say the 2013 election they got from the people, instead these crooks imposed themselves on the people. They are raping the country everyday but I am afraid some are on the road to gaining favour of the people and may soon recover some dignity by joining the long fighting comrades.

    Yeoman Thomas - 27 August 2016

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