via Zanu PF has failed: Zapu – DailyNews Live by Jeffrey Muvundusi 9 FEBRUARY 2014
The Dumiso Dabengwa- led Zapu says Zanu PF should admit failure in their governing strategies which has seen the country sliding back to the 2008 era where the economy was totally grounded.
Zapu alternate secretary-general Strike Mkandla told the Daily News on Sunday that the terrain has proved to be tough under President Robert Mugabe led government.
“We all thought our economy had recovered during the inclusive government era, but all we are seeing now are signs of further decay of our economic situation,” Mkandla said.
“I am astounded that the stability that we enjoyed soon after we launched the multi-currency regime does not seem to hold anymore.
“Now we don’t even know where Zanu PF is taking us with this liquidity challenge we are facing,” he said.
With clear reference to the Zanu PF economic blueprint, the ZimAsset, Zapu believes the former
revolutionary party has truly run out of ideas in their bid to turn around the country’s economic fortunes.
“After 33 years, they are yet to convince us that they have something new as they want us to believe.
“In their document, they call ZimAsset, there is nothing remarkable about it that I can remember.
Actually, we still have a plethora of old issues that were just brought back in new words. The document is just recast in a new formal way and they have not made any significant departures from what we know,” Mkandla said.
Mkandla described the economic blueprint as a not-so-practical idea.
“If this document was practical we couldn’t be seeing all these issues about factories closing, thousands of youths unemployed, the liquidity crunch gaining momentum and even this salary craziness. Besides we are not seeing how the Marange diamonds are helping us,” he said.
Political analysts have previously described the blueprint as nothing but a political tool which was largely used in the Zanu PF campaign manifesto in the July 31 2013 harmonised elections.
Going under the theme “Towards an empowered society and a growing economy, from October 2013 to December 2018” nothing on the ground suggest inroads made to address the mentioned issues.
On the current topical issue now dubbed the salary gate, Mkandla feels these are just symptoms of an entire corrupt government.
“This salary issue is quite an alarming thing that speaks volumes of the state of affairs in our government. It shows lack of proper oversight on the parastatals from the powers that be.
“To prove that, we do not hear of any heads rolling which speaks a lot about the nature of people in charge,” he said.
Mkandla said it was unfortunate that some parastatals have gone for months without paying their employees, yet ministers in charge of those institutions were doing nothing to resolve the issue.