People should think of how to attract investment

via People should think of how to attract investment | The Zimbabwean 14.04.14 by Nelson Sibanda

Zimbabweans should think about how best to attract investment to improve the people’s welfare as they celebrate the country’s 34th Independence Anniversary this Friday, says Zanu (PF) spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo.

Gumbo told The Zimbabwean in a recent telephone interview that, while it was important for the nation to reflect on how the independence came about, there was need for everyone to help think of ways the country’s fortunes could be turned.

“Independence is all about transformation of people’s lives, culture, the economy, the future, education, health, provision of water and other needs,” Gumbo said, urging the nation to shun violence.

Gumbo said detractors of Zimbabwe should not abuse the Independence Day by inviting outside forces to destabilise the country.

He urged all political parties including Zanu (PF) and those in opposition to desist from attacking the business community, labour movements and the person of the Head of State ‘as that would scare away investors’.

Gumbo said intra-party violence in the MDC-T would not help lure foreign investment into the country. “Issues of MDC-T violence would not be helpful to our efforts to attract investment since it denigrates people and business,” Gumbo said.

MDC-T acknowledged the importance of the armed liberation struggle that brought about Zimbabwe’s independence but had some reservations.

It described the liberation war as just, ‘but unfortunately its objectives were being soiled by some individuals’. MDC-T Spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, said the liberation struggle and independence were meant to foster equality, democracy, freedom and justice for all.

People would be entitled to equal economic opportunities irrespective of one’s political affiliation. According to Mwonzora, the objectives of the struggle have since been abandoned by Zanu (PF).

“The style of governance was turned totalitarian and dictatorial charactorised with inequality, injustice and bad governance,” Mwonzora said.

Mwonzora called on Zimbabweans to realise that they were their own liberators from Zanu (PF) dictatorship as much as they had liberated themselves from their former colonial masters.

He said gone were the days when some people would hold the country to ransom on the basis of having participated in the liberation struggle. Zimbabweans were urged to unite again and liberate themselves from Zanu (PF) rule.

Political analyst, Greg Lennington, urged people to use the independence celebrations as a vehicle to foster unity, peace and national harmony among Zimbabweans.

“The celebrations should help improve the country’s image in the eyes of the international community and cease to be a pariah state,” Lennington said.

Another respected analyst, Rejoice Ngwenya, said although people should acknowledge the independence, they should focus more on their survival. He said since the country lacked political freedom, justice, economic and social freedoms there was need for people to be obsessed with wealth creation.

“No government in the world would give people wealth so people should fill their stomachs first and later think of how to liberate themselves,” Ngwenya said.

Zimbabweans from all walks of life are expected to converge at designated venues across the country on Friday as they celebrate the independence attained in 1980 after a protracted liberation struggle.

This year’s celebrations come at the height of company closures and crushing liquidity crunch.



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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    You know Zanu for a bunch of clowns you people are I fail to understand your irrational train of thought. Now you are asking the suffering people for ways to invest. What mindless idea was that. It must be from the one sleeping on his throne and spewing mindless banter to his subjects. GET YOU ACT TOGETHER AND LISTEN TO WHAT EVERYONE IS TELLING YOU. Are you all thick? You must be if you cant see the light.

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    Sonofngwazi 8 years ago


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    Nobody cares about Zimbabwe’s Independence Day. It’s a non-event for everyone except ZANU-PF. It’s just another day to the international community. What’s so special about it? The people are still not free.

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    Littledorrit 8 years ago

    Time for Bennett, Kay and Cross to form a party. – common sense and integrity – do, not just say

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    Gumbo should fire himself and the remove the rest of zanupf from government then investment will pour in.

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    OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE DESTABILIZING THE COUNTRY????NO NEED FOR OUTSIDERS TO DO ANYTHING. mug and zanupf achieved this destruction all by themselves and the best part is they do not know how they did it.

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    Insider 8 years ago

    GUMBO continues to pump out his usual drivel, he must start to learn that nobody in their right mind is going to put half a cent into Zimbabwe until his rotton, stinking Government has gone and hopefully his revolting President has done us all a favour and died. Hopefully in great pain so that he can suffer just a little bit of what he has dished out to his people

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    Yes Gumbo, people have been telling you and others how to attract investment for about 30 years, they just do not want to listen as it will expose their corrupt ways, we will have to live with this downfall till zanu is pushed out.Why don’t you write an article suggesting bob stands down!!!!!

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    Saddened 8 years ago

    What a load of drivel from Gumbo. He should read our responses & contributions for inspiration but that would be expecting too much. Only beneficiaries of state corruption and brain dead people will have anything to celebrate come April 18th. The shallowness of ZPF is staggering!

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    Mapingu 8 years ago

    Chhwayi hero zibenzi chairo-chairo re zanu pf zvarava kugwauta richitaura:”Zimbabweans should think about how best to attract investment to improve the people’s welfare as they celebrate the country’s 34th Independence Anniversary this Friday, says Zanu (PF) spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo.”

    Is it every Tom & Dick’s business to attract investment; since when? The world over it is government’s responsibility to do that by creating a conducive environment for investors to bring in their money and invest. Investors are running away from zanu pf robbery. So what can the oppressed common people do about it when corruption, robbery & extortion is more than fashionable with zanu pf people (including Rugare himself); who are running a country like a private family farm? Rugare should spare us the nonsense.

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    Zim Patriot 8 years ago

    Lets see how best not to attract investment. Steal 51% of investors equity before he even starts running his business, steal his property rights, steal his hard earned money through incredibly high taxes then squander that hard earned tax, mismanage the economy like you cant even run a shebeen, approve total destruction of natural resources, wildlife conservancies and national parks, chase skilled and educated labour to neighbouring countries, have NO RULE OF LAW, let a small percentage of Zimbabwean comrades (2%) dictate to 98% of Zimbabweans how to live, how to eat, how to vote or else?????Yes this sounds about right, do all of the above and investors shall FLEEEEEEEEEEE in their droves and we will live happily ever after comrades!!!!!We need to pray for repentance and deliverance my countrymen, pray that The LORD will hear our cries and forgive our greed and selfishness….