World’s moved on, Chinamasa

via World’s moved on, Chinamasa – The Zimbabwe Independent January 17, 2014

AN embarrassing feature of the current Zanu PF government is the fixation with denial and a lingering over-sensitivity to criticism.

This was on show this week when Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa blew his top at a business symposium because he had been told things he did not want to hear.

Economist John Robertson, who spoke at the same function on Wednesday, said lack of respect for property rights, the indigenisation policy and flawed execution of the land reform programme had ruined industry leading to birth of the informal sector. A miffed Chinamasa regarded this as provocation and told organisers of the event not to invite him to events where “Robertson is allowed to say such things”.

In other words, he would like to be invited to meetings where delegates praise-sing the land reform programme as a major success in a country that is importing food. He wants to hear that the transfer of land to 350 000 new farmers is a great success even if the land cannot be used as security.

He expects business to talk about the success of indigenisation in a country crying out for investment and wants the nation to celebrate the growth of the informal sector.

More shockingly, the minister saw it fit to lay into banks which he accused of implementing “some exit strategy”. Their crime is that they are not organising lines of credit to lend to customers. He even suggested a sinister motive by banks whose commitment to government he questioned. The minister should be reminded that the bulk of new entrepreneurs in the informal sector are not paying taxes; they are draining the economy of foreign currency through imports of sub-standard products. Their business models cannot support or grow this economy.

In short, they are not the solution to the daunting challenge at hand. Chinamasa should not expect this country to get back on the recovery track when he engages in mortal combat with those reminding him of the herculean task the country faces. The sentiments raised by Robertson are not vexatious inventions crafted to irritate government, but stark reality Chinamasa should be grappling with.

He will hear the same issues when he goes abroad to look for developmental assistance and lines of credit. These are the same questions that the Kumbirai Katsande-led private sector team — set to visit Western capitals in search for investment next week — will have to answer. And investors have major worries about the humongous foreign debt which now stands at US$11 billion including arrears. This is the reality of our situation.

We implore Chinamasa to wake up to the reality that Zimbabwe, despite its much-talked-about natural resources, is a high-risk investment destination where government policies have largely remained anti-capital.

An Ernst &Young report last month captured international sentiment on Zimbabwe. It said Zimbabwe was among a group of countries that are “relatively high-risk environments which do not exhibit particularly exciting growth characteristics”.

The country will start to exhibit “exciting growth characteristics” the day there is a concerted effort to respect private sector input in governance. This calls for astute leadership that is willing to take criticism on the chin, admit to mistakes and carefully consider advice.

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13 comments on “World’s moved on, Chinamasa
  1. Mixed Race says:

    Well done Mr Robertson,if he cannot take the heat he should leave the room himself.They have failed for the past 34 years, what can they offer us new except misguided insults. We are now used to their tactics of trying to intimidate those who show no fear of them.Constructive meetings are full of surprises because the participants tell it as it is not the puppets who give praise where its not due.

  2. Here in lies the problem we have been talking about. These guys are like they are in a choir. Whatever song they sing you have to sing it with them. Murimi once asked me on this forum what my take was on communism and Lennon Marxism. My reply was it works on paper but when the human element comes into play it becomes unworkable. Chinamasa when he makes his speeches he is in communist Marxist mode. If the wealth of a state was shared equally by all it’s citizens then you would not have people challenging the system. We would all be cheering and saying “well said Comrade Minister” That would also be if there were no corrupt people, thieves and so on and so on. It is not possible for this to be. What can happen for a country to be success full is this recognition of the rule of law, Political tolerance, racial and tribal tolerance and no one being above the law. Lions hunt game. Then they lie down and spend the day lazing around. Buffalo on the other hand spend the day grazing on grass and drinking water. T his is what they do. Human beings are all similar looking but each individual was made different and in a special way. Some sing, some play sports, some are good at fighting, some are peaceful. My point is that Chinamassa must let people be who they are. He doe’s not want to be at any function that Robertson is invited to????? Childish.

  3. tsuro magena says:

    ‘The country will start to exhibit “exciting growth characteristics” the day there is a concerted effort to respect private sector input in governance’…Is it? I do not think so. Only after the death of “Our Dear Leader”, I think, give it another 10 years.

  4. ttaps3 says:

    It does not matter whether Robertson’s view are true what matters is that Chinamasa has to listen to all. What is the point of attending a conference where only your ideas are shared? Is it not this here worshipping that landed us in this mess?
    Any ears that only want to hear the voice of its own mouth has a master for a fool.

  5. dayford says:

    The Zanu PF and CHINAmasa doctrine is you are either with them or you are the enemy. They adopted this doctrine from their days of the guerilla war and they will not and cannot move with the times. It is important to understand the nature of the problem we are faced with which is Zanu Pf. Only then can we find a formula of solving the challenges we are faced with in Zimbabwe.

  6. Chinese Puppets says:

    In Mugabe’s Zimbabwe there are only two rules:

    Rule one – the President and Zanu PF is always right.

    Rule two – when we are not right, Rule one applies !

  7. John Thomas says:

    Chinamasa is out of his depth. He is the best economic talent from ZANU and he has no talent. If on the other hand you are looking for a bully or a buffoon, well this man is top grade talent. He fits the bill exactly.

  8. LUCY says:

    Haiwaa Va Chinamasaa
    aa Muera– chakuti chakutii.
    Vagoni vezvese.
    Kuvhura kwenyu murom chete tinoochira
    Tichitenda kana vhudzi renyu chairo risingacheni!
    Tinotenda nerusunungukooo
    bu bu buu maoko!
    comradhi
    musha mukuruuu
    mhurururuuu uko
    madzimai simukai muite twerking!!

    This is what the man wants to hear all the time even when he does is put words together which mean nought.

  9. LUCY says:

    makajaidzwa Va Chinamasa. This isnt a ZPF rally where people compete to cheer your opening and closing mouth just to catch your attention in the hope that one of those buckets of maize or tractors lined up in front of your podium is given to them.

  10. NBS says:

    World’s moved on? So should you, Mr Chinamasa!

  11. Tats says:

    LUCY ndiwe uneyese!kkkkkk! well on a serious note, that, is typical Zanu pf politicians. whatever they say is gospel. if u don’t agree then u are a puppet of the British & an enemy of the state. The bullish behaviour starts from the top to the ordinary village boy who thinks anyone who doesn’t subscribe to his political ideology is a sellout & thus has no place in ‘his’ village & should be condemned to death if possible.

  12. Johnson@yahoo.com says:

    UNDER THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES WE NEED FLEXIBLE AND VISIONARY LEADERS. CHINAMASSER IS OBVIOUSLY NOT ONE OF THEM. WE DO NOT NEED STANCES AND POLICIES THAT WE KNOW ARE OBVIOUSLY UNPRODUCTIVE JUST BECAUSE OF PRIDE. CHINAMASSER KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. HE IS JUST PRETENDING TO BE DEAF AND DUMB. THE FIRE IS BUILDING UNDER HIM AND SOON HE WILL SING THE RIGHT CHORUS. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT BY THEM WE WILL ALL BE IN THE ABYSS!!!! IF ONLY I WAY YOUNGER…………..HOW CAN WE LET THINGS GO THIS FAR. WARNING BELLS ARE TOLLING. HOW FAR CAN PEOPLE’S ENDURANCE LAST AS A FEW GET FAT ON OUR RESOURCES. TIME WILL TELL

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