BY PRIVILEDGE GUMBODETE
THE MDC Alliance has said if voted into power in 2023, it will transform Zimbabwe’s ailing economy into a US$100 billion economy.
This was said on Saturday by the party’s secretary for policy development and research, Last Maengahama during a virtual meeting to discuss the diaspora policy and engagement.
Maengahama said if they won the 2023 plebiscite, the MDC Alliance government will use a bottom-up policy-making approach that regarded local communities, diasporans and bureaucrats as key stakeholders in the policy-making process.
“Our policies are guided by the broader objective of the MDC Alliance to build a US$100 billion economy in 10 years. To achieve this, our focus is to restructure government to make it lean and mean, strengthen and modernise national institutions, including institutions meant to combat corruption and creating a highly-consultative and consensus State-anchored on the Zimbabwe Development Council.
“A consultative forum for government policy formulation will take a lead in engaging the diaspora in all policy contributions,” he said.
Maengahama’s announcement is similar to the one made by the late MDC founder Morgan Tsvangirai, who in 2011 said his vision was to build a US$100 billion economy to make Zimbabwe one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.
Maengahama said if elected into power, the MDC Alliance’s policies would focus on alleviating poverty and creating a human rights-based society, actualising citizen rights and use of e-governance.
He decried the fact that the majority of Zimbabweans were poverty stricken, either earning a living as vendors or artisanal miners or were jobless, or surviving through diaspora remittances.