‘August 1 shootings pushed Zim backwards’ 

Source: ‘August 1 shootings pushed Zim backwards’ – DailyNews Live

Jeffrey Muvundusi      23 January 2019

HARARE – Former War veterans minister Tshinga Dube has revealed that the
much-publicised August 1 shootings drove the country’s economy years

The shooting – which claimed six lives – was, according to the Monthlante
Commission, a development that saw the country returning to international
spotlight amid worldwide condemnation.

“I think there is hope or light at the end of the tunnel that our economy
will recover but with the way things have taken shape, it will take a
little bit too long for us to get things right,” Dube said.

The former Makokoba legislator said President Emmerson Mnangagwa has gone
to a number of countries as part of building new relations with them. But
all came to naught, he said.

“The excitement we had when the new dispensation came to play, we thought
many things will then come right but a lot of things have happened that
were not foreseeable.

“When we were so hopeful that things would go right and we were very
hopeful that sanctions were going to be terminated some very unfortunate
things happened which affected us as well as our economy that is the
August 1 shooting,” Dube said.

He added: “It put us many years back not just months because the world was
beginning to understand us much better.”