Explain austerity measures to people: Matemadanda

Source: Explain austerity measures to people: Matemadanda – NewsDay Zimbabwe November 2, 2019

THE government is failing to properly explain its on-going austerity measures, resulting in most people looking at the current establishment as a failure, Defence and War Veterans deputy minister Victor Matemadanda has said.

By Rex Mphisa

Matemadanda, who is the ruling Zanu PF party commissar, said to achieve economic stability, the new dispensation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, embarked on financial discipline and other measures to boost government coffers.

This, he said, was bound to cause suffering, but had long-term positive effects.

“The last dispensation did not have financial discipline that resulted in printing of unsupported bond notes. President Mnangagwa embarked on austerity measures to re-rail the economy, but these have not been properly communicated to the people,” he said.

Matemadanda said Mnangagwa was clear that the recovery path would be an uphill task.

“These (austerity measures) have to be packaged well such that everyone knows where we are going and what we are going through,” he said.

Matemadanda was addressing war veterans, war collaborators and widows of liberation war heroes in Beitbridge on Thursday.

“(The late former President Robert) Mugabe’s dispensation bled the economy. Zimbabwe is like a person being treated of extreme blood loss whose recovery is painful,” he said.

Zimbabwe has of late been witnessing a wave of fuel price hikes and other commodities which has left people believing Mugabe was better that his successor who assumed power following a coup.
Matemadanda said war veterans had a role to explain the austerity measures to people in their areas.

He urged war veterans to resist regional politics and elect party officials on merit rather than connections.

“We are holding our district co-ordination committee elections countrywide and you must elect people according to performance, not who they know,” he said.

Matemadanda said his visit to Beitbridge brought him face-to-face with the drought and he would advise the President on the urgent need to bring food relief for both humans and livestock in the district.

More than 1 000 cattle have succumbed to effects of the drought in Beitbridge.



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    Mapingu 3 years ago

    Very interesting words from Matemadanda. This is clear confirmation of what many normal people have been saying for years: “The country is on auto-pilot. The President & his zanu pf ministers are totally out of touch with reality of what ordinary citizens are going through.” If these sentiments were not true why would Matemadanda be so surprised to see that Beit Bridge people are in such a dire need of food suppliers & other basic things? Matemadanda is also very sure his president does not know it. Hence is now taking it upon himself to alert the un-informed president. This also says, the minister of Agric, who ordinarily should know food situation across the country does not know anything, hence he did not inform the president and fellow cabinet ministers. Or, worse still, he could even have told them “All is well across the country; our people had a bumper harvest. Thanks to Command Agriculture!” We all know how these guy can say anything to praise themselves, even in the midst of unparalleled failure. nxaaaa!!!

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    Mukanya 3 years ago

    Auto-piloting by clueless clowns as Matemadanda owns up!!