via Government revising economic policies: Mujuru – NewsDay May 22, 2014 by Moses Matenga
THE government yesterday admitted that most of its policies were not working and it was revisiting them to ensure that the collapsing national economy could recover.
Addressing hundreds of mourners at the burial of national hero Brigadier-General John Zingoni at the National Heroes’ Acre, Acting President Joice Mujuru said government was “revisiting” policies and “revising” others as steps to revive the economy.
“Government continues to revisit some of its policies, revise its modes of doing work,” Mujuru said.
“Above all, we continue to create space for you and me to pursue opportunities.
“Admittedly, it is too early to have results, but definitive steps are being undertaken.”
Analysts said Mujuru’s statement was an admission that Zanu PF’s economic policies, including the much-touted Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), had failed to work and needed revision.
The government has been pursuing populist policies that were now having a boomerang effect on the economy, which is now in a free-fall.
Of late, the Zanu PF government has softened its once tough and aggressive stance on indigenisation as championed by former Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
The policies have scared away potential investors at a time the country needed them most.
President Robert Mugabe was absent as he is yet to return from his routine medical check-up in Singapore, where he went last week.
Present at the national shrine were Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda and other government officials.
Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba stole the thunder from the Zanu PF Chimurenga Choir when he joined them on the dance floor.
Mujuru, who stuck to her prepared speech throughout the address, described the late Zingoni — whose Chimurenga name was Tichatonga Booker — as a dedicated cadre who devoted his life in defence of the country.
Zingoni succumbed to a heart ailment last week at the age of 60.
The burial was attended by members of the security forces and a handful of Zanu PF supporters.