‘Mugabe holding Zim hostage’

via ‘Mugabe holding Zim hostage’ – DailyNews Live 10 August 2014 by Lloyd Mbiba

HARARE – Opposition Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) leader Simba Makoni says President Robert Mugabe and his cronies are holding the nation hostage, feathering their nest amid a deepening economic decline that has condemned Zimbabweans to extreme poverty.

A year after the 2013 harmonised elections which were controversially won by Zanu PF, economic experts say Zimbabweans are worse off than they were before the elections.

Analysts say the ruling party’s much touted economic blueprint, Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), has failed to deliver and was pie in the sky.

The MKD leader told the Daily News on Sunday this week in a wide ranging interview that Mugabe does not want to address Zimbabwe’s deepening problems because he was benefitting from the crisis.

“The point is that Zanu PF does not want to solve the problems because the leaders are Zanu PF,” Makoni said.

“Jonathan Moyo called this normalising the abnormal, they are quite happy to call the abnormal normal because for them it is profitable and beneficial.

“This is why we believe there is need for a national joint effort, beyond politics, not just cooperation among political leaders, but cooperation among all leaders.”

The former Zanu PF Politburo member said the problem was not the ordinary Zanu PF members as they were also suffering.

“Where Zimbabwe is now, Zanu PF is incapable of taking it out of the doldrums, but even if it had the capability, Zanu PF doesn’t have the will to solve the people’s problems, because leaders in Zanu PF, and I make a very clear distinction, it’s not ordinary members of Zanu PF, are selfish,” Makoni said.

“Mind you, ordinary members of Zanu PF live in Chitungwiza and sewer lines are flowing in the areas inhabited by Zanu PF members, Zanu PF members haven’t got jobs in as much as non Zanu PF members have no jobs. They are selling trinkets, potatoes and tomatoes on the edge of Fourth Street bus station just like non Zanu PF. So the problems we are facing are not distinguished to members of this party or that party, they are covering all of us.”

Makoni said there was increasing need for a broad-based indaba that will not only consist of political leaders, but cultural, spiritual and civic society leaders to hammer a solution to country’s deepening woes.

“Over the years, I have been calling for a broad based national consensus leadership — leadership that brings people in politics, civic society, professions, people in faith, traditional leaders together so that we can chart the way forward and solve the problems of the people,” he said.

Turning to the economy, the former Finance minister  said Mugabe and his administration should be pragmatic and start implementing policies that will increase agricultural produce and revive industries.

“Mugabe knows what he needs to do,” Makoni said. “Chinamasa (Patrick) knows what he needs to do. We need to promulgate and implement, and put emphasis on implementing, correct policies that put Zimbabwe farmers back to farming, that puts manufacturers back to their factories. We need policies that enable Zimbabwe miners to produce minerals and market transparently, above board.

“We need policies that enable Zimbabwe traders to move goods from point of production to the point of consumption, policies that enable Zimbabwe power producers to produce without stoppage.”

The MKD leader said Mugabe should also implement all the policies that government has promulgated if the economy is to be move out of the comatose state that it lies in.

“I would say let’s dust up all the plans we have. The latest is ZimAsset. Before that there was the MTP (Media Term Plan), before that there was the National Economic Development Priority Programme, before that was the Millennium Economic Recovery Programme,  before it was Zimbabwe Programme for Economic and Social Transformation (Zimprest), before it was Esap (Economic Structural Adjustment Programme), before it Growth with Equity and the Transitional National Development Plan,” he said.

“We make an industry of producing plans we have no intention of implementing. What do we do? Let’s implement them and then we will address the liquidity crunch.”


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    you zimbos,i really sympathize with you.mugabe,who is bitter and frustrated is going down the grave with the whole of zim.rise up and defend your nation.

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    Mscynic 7 years ago


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    there is only one way to get rid of zanu oppression and that is to have a lot of zanu funerals in a short time.

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    revenger-avenger 7 years ago

    We don’t care much for makonis suspect past but he is surely better than sellout tsvangi baby or confused biti ? But he won’t allow mob justice or the main criminals looters of zpf to be put to the sword as they deserve for their evil

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    revenger-avenger 7 years ago

    I can’t reconcile makonis view that the ” ordinary zpf cadre ” is also suffering cos it begs the question why they support such a rotten criminal clique

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    John Thomas 7 years ago

    Mugabe is only in power because Simba split the vote in 08. This man is a ZANU snake.

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      Straight Shooter 7 years ago

      John Thomas
      Simba is well within his democratic rights to express his political views in the manner he sees fit – that is forming a political party.

      Why didnt Tswangirayi speak to him to form an alliance if he thought Simba could split the vote? Isn’t it it is because, as usual your Tswangirayi was “drunk with grass-roots support” and thought he could win without the “useless ones”? Now, why cry over spilt milk?

      Tswangirayi’s useless pride has been his downfall – he will never see the inside of State House as long as he continues along this path, thinking that he can go it alone. He has on many ocassions been warned!

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    MUGABE AND ZANUPF ARE ONLY THERE BECAUSE THE ZIMBABWEAN PEOPLE PUT HIM THERE. How hard is it for the most educated african country to understand??? “most educated” to who’s or what standard.

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    But Simba we know this already. What are you opposition guys going to do about it? Diddlysquat unless you all come together and use some mature wisdom and commonsense! Which seems in very short supply in our nation and especially in the opposition movements.

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    Straight Shooter 7 years ago

    The State of the economy is the result of Zimbabwe’s brand of politics. Zim needs to sort out its politics first and then the economy will follow.

    The world owes Zim nothing. Therefore, people should know that, the politics of confrontation, boycots, look east, insults etc, etc cannot work, especially for such a small land-locked economy as that of Zim. China has serious differences with the US, but they collaborate on many fronts for the benefit of both nations, far, far more that Zim and the US – ask yourself why?

    Zimbabweans themselves, need to deal with the fundamental issue of how they relate to one another. They must accept that differences are universal and as such should not mean enmity.

    They must get over the primitive thoughts of “these people came from …”; “these people are indegenous…”; “…tisu baridzi benyika…” etc. This is the source of all Zim’s political and economic problems.

    Once they get over this narrow mindedness; the politics of the country will then normalise and all the labelling will end. The economy will then follow with the simple understanding that we are all citizens in equal measure who are trying to contribute the best way forward towards the country’s economic growth.

    As long as the attitudes remain what they are – people like Eddy Cross can write acres and acres of intelligent economic articles; they will never get far.

    They will just be dismissed as ” lamentations of an old Rhodesian…”; “…in Rhodesia he used to be, this or that…”; “….he was a Salous Scout….”; “… he was a Muzorewa….”; “….they came from KwaZulu Natal…” etc, etc!!

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    C Frizell 7 years ago

    I think that Recolonisation is the only practical answer – but, no one wants the job!

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    phidza phidza 7 years ago

    vakangofanana bob na simba wacho. vose imboko