Pressure mounts on #mugabe

via Pressure mounts on Mugabe – DailyNews Live by Fungi Kwaramba  30 MARCH 2014

As the economy continues to slide downwards towards collapse, President Robert Mugabe has come under immense pressure to reshuffle and change his Cabinet especially in key economic ministries.

With government delaying in paying its workers, who include the security forces, political analysts say the 90-year-old leader must swiftly act before the country plunges into further turmoil.

Analysts warned yesterday that if Mugabe keeps his “clueless Cabinet”, the country is unlikely to emerge from its present social and economic quagmire.

After touring former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono’s Donnington Farm on Thursday, Mugabe left observers believing that he could reshuffle the Cabinet when he said there were some within Zanu PF, who feared losing their jobs to the ex-central bank chief.

Crisis Coalition chairperson Dewa Mavhinga, said it is inevitable that Mugabe will reshuffle his Cabinet, as a response to the worsening economic woes that have seen unprecedented company closures, the resultant unemployment and a virtual collapse of key sectors such as health and education.

“Since the formation of the Zanu PF government last year, Mugabe has been under pressure to deliver.

“He is under pressure to have a functional economy. And the situation has just worsened and he can no longer afford to ignore the pressing challenges,” said Mavhinga.

Thus far, the response from Mugabe’s ministers has followed a now familiar and tiring script, praising the much-hyped economic blueprint, ZimAsset, which has failed to kick-start the moribund economy, and the sanctions-being-the-cause mantra.

The government’s policy framework document, covering the period between 2014 and 2018, ambitiously seeks to grow the economy by 6,1 percent this year, 7,3 percent growth next year, create value of $7,3 billion from the indigenisation of 1 138 companies across 14 key sectors of the economy, and unlock as much as $2 trillion in the economy.

Mavhinga, however said a “cut and paste” approach is not the solution to the deepening economic woes.

“The solution is not in a mere Cabinet reshuffle, there is need for government to walk the talk. Pressure is not only coming from the public but from the reality,” he said.

Attempts by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa in seeking internationally the much-needed bailout funds have successively hit a brickwall.

When Chinamasa travelled to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) early this month, he came back empty-handed while the Chinese have also ruled out bailing out the country.

Pedzisai Ruhanya, the director of Zimbabwe Democracy Institute told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that Mugabe, in power since 1980, also needs reshuffling himself.

“The reshuffle will not assist the situation. What is needed is a national political reshuffle of the whole governance system,” said Ruhanya.

According to the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) manufacturing survey, local industries are currently operating at below 40 percent of capacity utilisation, while the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions says more than 9 000 people have lost their jobs since the beginning of the year following the closure of 75 companies, despite Zanu PF promising to create 2,2 million jobs in its manifesto.

Civil servants, who make the bulk of the country’s formally-employed staff, continue to earn meagre salaries and worse still  government recently postponed their pay dates — signalling the biting liquidity crunch.

University of Zimbabwe lecturer Eldred Masunungure said notwithstanding the present challenges, Mugabe is unlikely to buckle to public pressure.

“I don’t see him moving that way. He is a stubborn character and even under difficult times, he has not yielded to public demands. I don’t see a reshuffle of Cabinet happening anytime soon before the elective congress,” said Masunungure.

The respected analyst said unless if some ministers, implicated in shocking corruption scandals currently rocking the country are arrested — as charged by Mugabe — a Cabinet reshuffle is just “idle speculation”.

While the country is endowed with rich natural resources such as diamonds, corruption is flourishing in the landlocked nation and the general discourse is Mugabe should act now.

Reason Wafawarova, an Australia-based political commentator, said Mugabe would not succumb to media speculation.

“He has dealt with media speculation for many years, and it would be simplistic for us to conclude that the speculation in itself could amount to pressure on the part of the president.

“Having said that, we must also consider the possibility that the speculation itself might be based on realistic events happening in the power corridors, and if we were to take that for a fact, then what we would be talking about is leaked information, which would in a sense amount to some form of pressure,” said Wafawarova.



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    John Thomas 9 years ago

    Mugabe should shuffle himself right on out of here. He is not wanted. A bad smell. Yesterday’s news. Bye bye Bob. Please go.

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    roving ambassador. 9 years ago

    There is no will or zeal to do anything,. Corruption is the glue that holds Zanu together.
    As a matter of fact, a reshuffle will not improve anything . It will still be the same old useless ministers with new portfolios.
    Waste of Oxygen.

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    Jono Austin 9 years ago

    The end is near. There is nothing to fall back on, there is no fat left. They are dependant on the diaspora providing some money to the citizens. We will see if those funds are enough to prevent massive civil unrest.

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    Tinomunamataishe 9 years ago

    There is no need to talk about reshuffling the cabinet whilst a rotten head remains. Any change must start from the top because that’s where the problem lies.

    Mugabe has totally failed as a leader, he is busy pursuing inconsequential issues whilst important issues around the economy and the general well being of the nation remain unresolved. He is the one who has go and then after that can we talk about a cabinet that can deliver something.

    I don’t understand why people cannot see this and keep on talking about cabinet ministers who are led by a clueless leader whose use by date expired 20 years ago if ever there was one for him.

    How many times have we heard the mantra that Mugabe is being misled by those around him? He himself doesn’t have the leadership qualities expected of a country like Zimbabwe and as a result has taken the country along the garden path.

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    Jenandebvu 9 years ago

    My uneducated father, Standard 2, always used to say the rot of a fish starts from the heard. Yes, thus true, Mugabe is rotten, I wish him a permanent rest

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    Reshuffle, how many have we seen since 1980. Absolute waste of time. Bit like moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic. Better that he does the two step shuffle into never never land.

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    Mandy 9 years ago

    No amount of reshuffling will change the fortunes of this country. There was no ingenuity during the GNU, none at all to talk about. But people in business held on just on one essential – confidence. Mugabe and Zanupf cannot restore national confidence when he fails inspire it among his own. That is the long and short of the story in Zimbabwe.

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    Mixed Race 9 years ago

    Its human nature to go back to those who bailed you out during a previous crisis hoping that they will do it again.It does not surprise me that the president is attempted to use this principle which could backfire heavily because the situation is now different after the exposure of these deliberate lootings.
    I would love it to have Mr Gono in the finance ministry to try his outdated policies again and see what will happen.The world financing organisations have very little time with Mr Gono ,therefore if he wants to get assistance from these organisations he will have to change his method of printing cheques to international standards.I hope that he learnt vital lessons with his misguided policy of printing bearers cheques so he might do better now to save his masters economically.
    We are dealing with an economic war not simple political war which can be won by using cheap propaganda with total support from all government organisations’ CEOs.These guys are now not happy with their reduced salaries and benefits so they won’t feel good to be used again unless they are double idiots.
    Therefore,I would be happy for him to try his misguided policies again and see how far he can go before everything collapses.

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    ndaizviziva 9 years ago

    the current economic quagimire is a vote of no confidence to e zpf gvt period!

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    Why is no one calling a spade a spade. Mugabe shouldn’t be under immense pressure to reshuffle a useless cabinet. He should be under huge pressure to resign and call for a new free and fair election. He should be under immense pressure to open up all those hidden election materials. SA should be under pressure to release that 2002 and 2008 election report.God is not going to allow for this lie and charade to continue. Why does nearly the whole country talk as of ZPF are the legitimate government. They are NOT! They rule under a lie. I say this under the authority of Jesus Christ himself. No wonder we are hurtling downwards. God will simply NOT bless this lie, arrogance, pride and theft anymore. Can I be any plainer in my words?

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      Tawanda 9 years ago

      @ NBS; ‘God is not going to allow for this lie and charade to continue’? How would a pious bore like you know that?

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        Because God will not tolerate sin. He is perfect justice and truth. Love from a pious bore

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      Zeezee 9 years ago

      God helps those that helps themselves! That is what was drummed into my head by the nuns at my convent school. God has nothing to do with the state of affairs in Zim and he is certainly not going to do anything about it! Zimbabwean PEOPLE are the only one’s who can make the changes. Wake up and smell the roses!

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    Don Cox 9 years ago

    “God is not going to allow for this lie and charade to continue. ”

    I see no evidence that God takes the slightest interest in Zimbabwean politics.

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      He does! They are reaping what they have sown. One has to know the Lord to see and understand. But the whole earth is the Lord’s

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    kowanai 9 years ago

    We reaping what was sown on 31 July. People think manifestos are eaten, far from that. They are mere statements, and for Zimbabweans to think a frog could have a better image after applying some lipstick, that’s being gullible. These guys will never achieve anything. Give them any best economy, they will destroy. With the Zim $ around the economy fasten your belts again

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    Einstein said it best ” trying to fix problems with the same methods that caused them is absolute stupidity and folly” Only when the Zanoids have been arrested and brought to justice you can forget about chnage!!!!