'Mugabe must take cue from Magufuli'

BULAWAYO - Former Industry minister Nkosana Moyo has challenged President Robert Mugabe to take a cue from Tanzania’s leader, John Magufuli, by cutting on profligate expenditure instead of splurging hefty sums on a lavish birthday party.

He said “under normal circumstances, it’s probably time he (Mugabe) would go and rest and...spend time with his family, children and grandchildren”.

Moyo, who was appointed by Mugabe to his Cabinet in July 2000 but uncharacteristically resigned in May 2001 after publicly speaking out against attacks on businesses and factories by war veterans, said the nonagenarian leader’s administration has a penchant of “eating what they didn’t kill”.

He said the culture has precipitated poverty and misery among long-suffering Zimbabweans.

“What happened in Tanzania when Magufuli became president, he looked at all of the expenditures of government and slashed costs and in fact, when he was supposed to be inaugurated, there was supposed to be a dinner afterwards.

“He cancelled it because he said there was no justification for him to have that expensive dinner to celebrate his becoming president, instead he should be redirecting the resources of State to help the quality of life of the citizens rather than have a big bash,” Moyo told the Daily News in an exclusive interview yesterday.

The former banker — also the executive chairman and founder of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies — was not a member of the ruling Zanu PF party when he was appointed minister, but was hand-picked as a technocrat to give credence to the party’s economic policies.

Moyo slammed Mugabe’s 93rd birthday party slated for Rhodes Estate Preparatory School (REPS) in Matobo district in Matabeleland South on Saturday.

“I would have thought that people around the president (Mugabe) should have advised him that . . . it does not send a good signal to be spending so much money at such a celebration like a birthday. They should at least show compassion towards the suffering masses,” the former World Bank’s International Finance Corporation staffer added.

While Zanu PF did not disclose the total amount to be spent on the lavish bash this time around, Mugabe’s birthday held in Masvingo last year gobbled a total of

$1,1 million.

Commenting on the intensifying factional brawling in Zanu PF, Moyo said the infighting was hitting the economy.

“Are the people who are fighting for succession paying any attention to the economy? . . . I think they are now all consumed with the succession battles. I don’t imagine that there is much time they are spending to look at what they could do to make the plight of citizens improve. I think they are caught up on who is going to take over from the president,” he said.

Quizzed about his presidential ambitions as has been touted in some social media platforms, Moyo said: “I want to be an active citizen and not returning to being a politician, a member of parliament and aspiring to go to the top. That has not come to mind yet.”

“No one has approached me, but maybe if am approached, I will have to think about it. I have been there in Cabinet and I saw that it’s not workable. If anyone is going to approach me, then he has to explain to me what has really changed comparing the time I was in Cabinet,” he added.

Moyo said there is no hope and the economy will never change for the better under Zanu PF’s leadership and administration.

Comments (2)

you cannot teach an oldman to start using the left hand. what mugabe is doing is exactly what he deems right. he should just get shot and die.

josphat mugadzaweta - 24 February 2017

I like the sentments expressed in this article especially as attributed to John Magufuli the President of Tanzania who took office in 2015. He looked at all government expenditure and slashed unnessary expenditure so as to improve the lives of the ordinary citizen. This is unlike our Presdent, Robert Mugabe, who trifes by spending excessively. John Magufuli has a policy of redirecting state resources to help improve the quality of life of his citizens. Imagine in the case of our president who is inviting only his close ?friends? ?around 100 000 to come and have a lavish celebration on the 25th? February 2017 at his 93rd birthday celebration. So much moneys are going to be spent just on an individual?s single event of which this money could have been redirected for a worthwhile course like buying medication for patients or improving power supply. Schools are being closed and children are missing their valuable lessons. The president of Tanzania has established a corruption free reputation unlike ours who is surrounded by corrupt ministers. In our country we have potholed roads while in Tanzania another African leader is busy building roads across his country. John has a reputation of completing any assignment he embarks on - he auctioned off state owned homes to government employees and the public. Here in Zimbabwe we see mansions mushrooming? as they are built by government officials. Magufuli upholds traditional family values and knows what it is to be poor. He promised to save the poor by improving their welfare. In Zimbabwe poor people are remembered when we go for elections where business of the day is voting buying and empty promises are made as they campaign ? where are the 2 million jobs promised in 2013 and where is the missing 15billion dollars. Instead we witiness factories closing down and job looses. Everyone is a vendor now. In Tanzania? people have faced power shortage and the president is working hard to alleviate that and in addition he?s exploiting gas resources for the benefit of the nation. The opposite is true in Zimbabwe. Nothing is being done by the Zimbabwean President except spending. Flying to Malacia for medical check ups and shopping as well as attending meetings in many other countries where he sleeps. ?Since he took office , John Magufuli has managed to change the attitude of government workers who are now willing to do their jobs and shame corruption. We are facing the opposite in Zimbabwe where properties are being destroyed and citizens being punished for voting for other political leaders other than Robert Mugabe and? his ZANU-PF. We envy what?s going on in Tanzania - a typical African country where Tanzanians are enjoying better services in hospitals and schools to mention just a few. We also had Nelson Mandela who spent more than 20 years on Robbin Island as a political prisoner. He had just one term as president of South Africa. Any lesson to learn from him. I would greatly appreciate if each and every individual Zimbabwean is given a share from the President's birthday party celebration.

Pythias Makonese - 24 February 2017

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