Can Zanu PF save Zim?

via Can Zanu PF save Zim? – DailyNews Live  14 NOVEMBER 2013

Since the July 31 elections, it seems the economy has gone from bad to worse.

The little ray of hope created during the coalition government between President Robert Mugabe and long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai has gone.

This is a bad start.

The circumstances on the ground say it all. When Mugabe’s government took over, it had its work cut out.

Clearly, its greatest task was, and remains, to come up with policies and strategies to save Zimbabwe’s investment-starved and broken economy from the abyss.

However, the developments in the three months since Zanu PF’s victory, paint a gloomy picture.

They evidently show that the once “tried and tested” Zanu PF and its veteran leader have no capacity to drive this economy forward.

The economy is back again on the downtrend with more companies shutting down and unemployment rising, contrary to Zanu PF’s promise to create at least two million jobs upon wrestling power from Tsvangirai’s MDC.

Government-owned institutions are at the forefront of laying off workers.

Recently, National Railways of Zimbabwe and Air Zimbabwe announced plans to retrench.

Furthermore, the prevailing liquidity crunch is now biting as investors back off and have become too cautious to invest in the country.

At the moment, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has postponed the 2014 national budget.

The treasury chief — one of Mugabe’s right hand men — says he needs more time to seek budgetary support.

But the timing is wrong. Industry, investors, businesses and other decision makers need the budget now.

It is a key policy in their planning and decision- making. This has put 2014 preparations on hold.

Apart from that, other nations are reluctant to bail out Mugabe and his government with the Chinese, which we have no choice but to turn to, imposing tight lending conditions.

Coupled with the postponement of the budget, government has unveiled its economic blueprint, Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation but it remains withheld from the stakeholders.

Without the budget and the economic blueprint — key policy and strategy documents — industry and business cannot plan.

Also, Chinamasa recently said treasury had not received a single cent from diamond revenues.

He said, out of a targeted $40 million expected to be remitted from diamond sales in the nine months to September 2013, absolutely nothing came through.

This is baffling.

When Chinamasa’s predecessor, Tendai Biti, used to cry foul over non-remittance of diamond proceeds, Zanu PF argued that it was a political statement.

Zimbabweans can as well forget about the festive season. All this indicates tough times ahead.



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    suziq 9 years ago

    no one wants to invest in Zimbabwe while the old man is in power, it is a shame that the rogue ZANU-PF can get away with this, I still pray for all good Zimbabweans.

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    What a frikkin stupid question !!!

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    “we made Rhodesia great, they made Zimbabwe ruins”

    Zanu will save Zimbabwe, just like Gukurahundi saved the Matabele

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    Rudadiso 9 years ago

    Greg, while it is obvious that Mugabe has been a monumental failure, you did not make Rhodesia great. No country that practices racial segregation can remotely be considered great.

    Ian Smith pitted black against white thereby planting the seeds of a culture of violence. Mugabe simply took off from where Ian Smith left, using state security apparatus to violently suppress dissent.

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      Boss MyAss 9 years ago

      I fully agree with you. Rhodesia was great in deed, a paradise on earth BUT not for everyone and you we all know exactly what I mean. BUT, please tell me, 33 years after, is Zimbabwe independent ? Is it better or worse ? Because I think, that’s me only-I cannot express an opinion for 13.000.000 people,that now Zimbabwe is hell for EVERYONE, OK not for everyone,thieves,crooks, selfish racist pigs and murderers are excluded. Anyhow, we like it or not, this is water under the bridge. The question is,NOW, that it is almost 2014, is there a golden section ? Because no matter what color, we are all brothers and we are all the same, so we must stop the shame of racism for ever.We need peace, love and equality. Is that common sense to everyone? I don’t know.

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      Courage 9 years ago

      True,the mugabe regime inherited colonial systems,then strenghten the very system that they claim to have fought against

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      suziq 9 years ago

      do agree that segregation in any form is wrong or in any country around the world, but when Mugabe took over from Smith the inflation rate was 2% .. unemployment was 5% .. and that was after 10 years of sanctions,compare Mugabe to Smith, Mugabe is doing the same as smith only worse.

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        Boss MyAss 9 years ago

        As worse as possible actually. He destroyed the country.

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    mark longhurst 9 years ago


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    Mike Nyathi 9 years ago

    Can HIV prevent AIDS? Only in Thabo Mbeki’s brain dead skull.

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    T plus 9 years ago

    nothing good comes from Zanu Pf! Unless they all begin to think like normal people…not their self enrichment policies

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    Nyoni 9 years ago

    My fellow Zimbabweans. Were Mugabe to die another one would carry on his legacy. For Zimbabwe to move forward another progressive party must replace this defunct Zanu. The entrenched garbage wont barge without a fight. A fight that can not be won by peaceful means at this stage given the status quo. While we do need people like Vince and Strive, we need the populace just as much. Not all can be doctors or lawyers but most must work to provide for their families. Something unachievable under Zanus watch.

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    chilimanzi 9 years ago

    zanu will never save zimbabwe why because they have no plan couple of years ago Robert mugabe told imf to go and hang chinamasa today is running around like a headless chicken with a begging bowl GOD SAVE US FROM ZANU

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    Hello Rudadiso, my friend. I am glad we completely agree. “No country that that practicies racial segregation can remotely be considered great”

    There never was a racial franchise in the Rhodesian Constitution. It was based on the Magna Carta. But it did have a standard. There were thousands of blacks on the voters roll and not all whites met the standard. There were black MP’s, the Rhodesian Afrcan Rifles served with great favor and distinction as far back as the second world war. Blacks and whites served side by side in the Selous Scouts. There were black Law Enforcement officers as well.

    In Rhodesia there was a thriving, growing black middle class and at the end of the Rhodesian era the adult literacy rate of black Rhodesiann was 30% higher than that of white Americans.

    It was not a Rhodesian “Fifth Brigade” that committed genocide and murdered 20,000 unarmed Matabele men women and children, then slaughtered their animals and burned their homes.

    It was not Rhodesian “Green Bombers” that raped black women and chidren as a tool of polical pursuasion.

    And it was not Rhodesian “wovits” that invaded Hwange slaughtering, poisoning and poaching elephants.

    Under the Rhodesian governments both black and white as well as tribal Chiefs and headmen regarded wildlife and national parks as a sacred treasure.

    If a vote were held today between Rhodesian Front and Zanu pf, who do you think Nzoe, Nyati, and Shumba would vote for?

    As you know the “crocodile has eaten the sun” and its curse will not be lifeted until the cancer of Mugabe and Zanu have been removed from Zimbabwe. The land must be given back to those that it was stolen from. Hwange must be given back to Nzoe, the Omay must be returned to Shumba and Nyate, Metake Hills must be returned to the leopard. The Matabele (black and white) must be allowed there freedom. The white farmers must have the land that was stolen from them returned, and the prayer of the Chief from Chimanamani must be answered allowing his “white son” Roy Bennet to return.

    But today I must admit, my belly is full, my wallet is fat, my job pays me well, and I am free to speak my mind (something that even ZANu elite are not free to do.

    Even my dog eats better than 99% of Zimbabweans. Tonight he will feast on a catered grilled beefsteak cooked to his liking complete with jacket-potato stuffed with butter, cheese and sour cream, with half a loaf of fresh baked bread and more butter along with a fresh garden salad. Then with a full stomach and heavy eyelids he will fall into a blissful slumber knowing that he can sleep peacefully without fear of being attacked, beaten, raped, or burned by a “wovit”, “green bomber” or some ZANU thug.

    The fate of Zimbabwe is in the hands of Zimbabeans.

    Sweet dreams Zimbabwe, sweet dreams.

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      Boss MyAss 9 years ago

      It was not exactly like this but anyhow it was 1000 times much better than today’s total mess. Now Zim is a whorehouse.

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      Boss MyAss 9 years ago

      My relationship to power and authority is that I’m all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave.Once you realize that you’re in something that you’ve always wanted and you don’t want to lose it, you behave differently. And that means the integrity, the professionalism, and knowing what’s right from wrong and still making choices that you probably wouldn’t have made.Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives………..

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      suziq 9 years ago

      well said Greg…