I crafted 2,2m jobs policy: Zhuwao

via I crafted 2,2m jobs policy: Zhuwao – DailyNews Live 10 November 2015 by Farayi Machamire

HARARE – Youth and Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao has claimed credit for crafting a hollow Zanu PF election promise of delivering 2,2 million jobs which has come to naught.

A document titled the Zimbabwe Agenda for a Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), details plans to create 2,2 million jobs within five years, the sale of bonds, securitisation of remittances, re-engagement with international finance institutions and the creation of special economic zones.

President Robert Mugabe, who won a July 2013 election to extend his three-and-half decades in power, is struggling to create the jobs amid rapid de-industrialisation. The ruling administration has also failed to revive an economy that shrank by 40 percent between 2000 and 2008 after the seizure of white-owned commercial farms slashed exports, inflation surged to a world record and relations with the International Monetary Fund were severed.

In the face of high unemployment and rising poverty, the jobs promise was the backbone of assurances given by Mugabe in the run up to the hugely-disputed 2013 elections .

But Mugabe’s nephew, remains adamant the jobs promise will be fulfilled.

“I come from a political party which is led by a president who went to an election on the back of a promise of creating two million 265 thousand jobs, others may say two million jobs but I know the figure exactly because somewhere along the way I may have been part of writing that particular promise,” Zhuwao said during the launch of Start-up of the year by Total last week.

“That promise will be kept,” Zhuwao said.

Observers say the ruling party’s promise to create 2,2 millions jobs is increasingly looking like a pipe dream if the latest retrenchment statistics are anything to go by. Official figures from government show that close to 4 610 companies have shut down in the past four years, resulting in over 55 000 job losses, forcing the majority of employees into a life of vending.

In the foreword to the 129-page ZimAsset document, which details a five-year plan stretching to 2018 for the economy, Mugabe said: “My government has formulated a new plan. The plan is designed to enable Zimbabwe to achieve economic growth and reposition the country as one of the strongest economies in the region and Africa.”

Meanwhile, Zhuwao threatened to takeover Total — a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the six “supermajor” oil companies.


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    Grabmore 7 years ago

    Just let Zimbabweans know when you want to launch this ZIMASSET thing you thought up, Patrick. Maybe in 2017 ? We will all support you.

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    Grabmore 7 years ago

    Maybe even you could launch it in 2018 or even 2019 ?? Pamberi

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    “…a promise of creating two million 265 thousand jobs, others may say two million jobs but I know the figure exactly …,” Zhuwao said …

    Stupid. What an idiot, this Zhuhwo (or is it Zhin’i-zhong) is!

    Surely, of what benefit does his knowledge of so-called exact FIGURES are to the suffering Zimbabweans?

    Why shouldn’t he tell the Zimbabweans the exact number of jobs they created after rigging/stealing the elections?

    We all know that, the go-for-nothing idiots have not only created ZERO jobs. Rather, have created “MINUS tens (not hundreds)of thousands” of jobs since 2013. Meaning, instead creating even zero jobs or managing the situation under some steady-state conditions they have actually made thousands of men and women jobless. It does not need rocket science to tell that less people are employed now compared to the time of 2013 elections.

    So, this Zhuhwo better tell us how many jobs they have destroyed since then – because that is what they have been busy doing, not creating.

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    Tinomunamataishe 7 years ago

    This Zhuwao guy takes everyone for granted. What he is basically saying is that they will create more than a million jobs a year to reach that target.

    How is that possible when everything else is falling apart – there is no power, there is no rail, the country has no president etc – what will drive this job creation.

    The problem for Zanu PF is that they take everyone to be a fool but in this case they have lost the plot big time.

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    Mukanya 7 years ago

    Is this what they call meditation after smoking ganja/herb/spliff/cannabis sativa?

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    Rumour has it that even his uncle was speechless and embaressed after hearing that. But hey, kids will be kids so keep cool guys.

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    Thus spoke the mini-star of de-industrialisation

    Pamberi ne Zanoooooooooooooooo

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    Kabunga 7 years ago

    Is there an award for the most destructive minister in Zanu PF? If there is, he deserves it.
    There’s been nothing except job losses since elections.

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    I was going to say “Most stupid”. But the competition is fierce!

    Mad Made
    Enos Chikowore
    Etc. etc ad infinitum

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