Zimbabwe Tip Toeing Toward The Precipice: Opposition Leader Ncube

via Zimbabwe Tip Toeing Toward The Precipice: Opposition Leader Ncube – VOA 27 October 2015

The leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Welshman Ncube, says Zimbabwe’s economy is headed towards the 2008 crisis levels when all economic and political indicators were heading south.

In an exclusive interview with VOA, Ncube said the country is headed in the wrong direction. “We are slowly inching towards the state of affairs as they were in 2008, just about everything is going wrong. Businesses are closing; the mining sector is failing, unemployment this year alone … more people (have) lost their jobs than in the entire history of the country. Income levels are falling, quiet dramatically. Poverty is haunting a great number of families. It is now normal to actually find families even in urban areas who do not have a dollar in their pocket at any given time.”

Zimbawe’s annual inflation reached 500 billion percent in December 2008 at the height of a political and economic crisis, forcing the government to abandon the local currency in favor of multiple foreign currencies – mainly the United States dollar and South Africa’s rand – in 2009.

Professor of Applied Economics the Johns Hopkins University Steve H. Hanke in a paper “R.I.P. Zimbabwe Dollar” wrote then that, “Zimbabwe failed to break Hungary’s 1946 world record for hyperinflation. That said, Zimbabwe did race past Yugoslavia in October 2008. In consequence, Zimbabwe can now lay claim to second place in the world hyperinflation record books.

“Zimbabwe is the first country in the 21st century to hyperinflate. In February 2007, Zimbabwe’s inflation rate topped 50% per month, the minimum rate required to qualify as a hyperinflation (50% per month is equal to a 12,875% per year). Since then, inflation has soared.”


Professor Ncube said the tragedy for Zimbabwe is that the ruling Zanu-PF party has no appetite to address the growing economic crisis as the fight to succeed the aging 91 year-old President Robert Mugabe intensifies.

Said Ncube of Zanu-PF members, “They have no interest actually in governing anymore, they have no interest in addressing any of the political, social and economic issues affecting the country. They are occupied, preoccupied 24/7 about politics, about themselves, and not politics to serve, but politics basically to fall over each other, in the name of who will succeed Mugabe whenever he eventually goes … that is the tragedy.”

Harare is seething with intimations of conspiracy and counter conspiracy. Last year former Vice President Joice Mujuru was linked to a plot to asasasinate Mr. Mugabe, a charge she vigorously denied and has never been proved. Mrs. Mujuru and her allies were expelled from the ruling party.

But the succession race has only intensified and purges are continuing. Relations between Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction and the group that had coalesced around President Mugabe’s wife, Grace, ahead of the party’s acrimonious congress in December last year which led to the ouster of Mrs. Mujuru are fast deteriorating.


Some political analysts argue that Zimbabwe’s opposition parties seem to be clueless on how to wrestle power from M.r Mugabe’s Zanu PF party in the 2018 national elections.

The opposition parties are employing uncoordinated tactics in their bid to win the hearts of ordinary Zimbabweans. Some argue that tiredness and frustration are contributing factors to lack of unity. Mr. Mugabe has been in power since 1980.


But Ncube said people must not blame the opposition for the worsening economic and political crisis arguing that such reasoning is a “misguided, myopic and ignorant view of politics.”

He added that “it’s not the job of the opposition to do unity, nor is it the job of the opposition to govern and fix the economy. It is those that were elected or claim were elected who have the responsibility of fixing the economy. All that we as the opposition are required to do is basically to message ourselves to say if in the next election you elect us, this is the program that we have.”


Ncube was born on the July 7, 1961, and is a politician, lawyer and businessman. He served as the Youth Chairperson of Zapu when he was still a student at the University of Zimbabwe.

Ncube rose to prominence in 1992 when he became one of the youngest professors at the UZ at the age of 31. He emerged from the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Law as a professor, who had much promise and hope for Zimbabwe based on his good grasp of civil rights and the legal implications, as he became one of the founding members of the MDC and became the first secretary general in 1999.

He was instrumental in the Global Political Agreement negotiations that led to the formation of the Zimbabwean Government of National Unity (GNU). In the GNU he became the Minister of Industry and Commerce.


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    Ndonga 7 years ago

    I can only but agree with Mr Ncube.
    For some time now, I have had the feeling that Zimbabwe is like a cruise liner rushing towards a rocky and stormy shore. And worryingly, all the senior crew members of this liner are the senior members of ZANU PF. However, they are too preoccupied in scrambling and wrestling for future high positions in a post Mugabe Government to worry about reaching for the liner’s steering gear. They laugh about urgent warnings from the terrified passengers and junior crew members about the rocky shore and the windswept waves. They believe that they have sufficient ill-gotten gains safely concealed abroad to save them from death or drowning.
    But they had better beware. They are fighting for high positions in a political party that will no longer be relevant by the time Mugabe is dead and gone, no matter how soon that may be. They then will be forced to listen to charges laid against them by a country and a people that they previously misused.
    So, can any of us reading this article believe for one minute that there is anyone left in ZANU PF who gives a penny for the future of Zimbabwe. Or, even for its people?
    All they care about is plotting and brawling to stay close to the seat of power so that they can, like greedy pigs, continue to keep their feet, and snouts, in the food trough. For after all, this is something that they have been doing all of their adult lives.

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    IAN SMITH 7 years ago

    This is the start of the true liberation struggle

    #1 Setup one BILL OF RIGHTS for all citizens.

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    Jono Austin 7 years ago

    There will be 2 million new jobs!
    They’ve destroyed the country.
    Destroy concepts of honesty and hard work.
    Destroy the concept of putting the needs of the country first rather than short term personal enrichment.
    Destroy commercial agriculture.
    Destroy commerce and industry.
    Destroy the currency (huge problem for them) They can no longer print it and rob the citizens blind. So this one may be considered a good thing for the citizenry but very bad for Government-hence mass redundancies as they realise how hard real currency is to acquire.
    The country is/will soon be a banana republic-a very real threat of total chaos and disorder when the old fool passes on, and the idiots that make up Zanu jostle for ‘power’ Though at this stage there is precious little left to rob.

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    Zvakwana 7 years ago

    Since when have the opposition had a truly fair election in which to win?

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    Mazano Rewayi 7 years ago

    If only we could stop clapping when the buffoons open their mouths, if only we could stop singing, if only we could avoid going to their rallies, if only we could run to the hills when they come near, if only we could stop paying taxes and rates, if only we could stop sending money from abroad, if only we could all go home and just stay there, if only we could put our faith in ourselves. Wishful thinking of cause, but what else is left if not dreams?

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    Mr Ncube you were in the same Government you didn’t produce an tangible thing for the people you now starting barking the wilderness/darkness…whats wrong with you Prof????/…..

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    Mr Ncube you were in the same Government you didn’t produce an tangible thing for the people you now starting barking the wilderness/darkness…whats wrong with you Prof????/…..you are bitten by the 91 Years Old Madala….why Prof?????/…….