Politburo panics over economy

Didymus Mutasa urged all Politburo members to attend the extraordinary meeting

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
20 May 2014

Ten months after the ZANU PF government claimed a ‘resounding electoral victory’ over its opponents, President Robert Mugabe appears to be struggling to prop up the struggling economy.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa confirmed the economic woes when he admitted last week before Parliament that the economy was in tatters, but blamed the rot on ‘targeted sanctions’ imposed on Zimbabwe over 10 years ago.

As panic sets in, the politburo has called for another meeting on Wednesday, barely two weeks after convening an extraordinary meeting to discuss the deepening crisis. A statement released by the party secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, urged all members to attend to discuss various issues.

Obert Gutu, the MDC-T spokesman for Harare province, poked fun at ZANU PF’s cluelessness in dealing with the economy when he said ‘rigging elections might not be an entirely impossible task but rigging the economy is a completely different ball game.’

‘The chickens are coming home to roost,’ said Gutu on his social networking Facebook page.

Matthew Nyashanu, a UK based political commentator who has just returned from a three week visit to Zimbabwe, told SW Radio Africa the economic collapse is accelerating, with ordinary citizens barely managing to raise enough money for their upkeep.

‘If you see a government shifting pay dates for its civil servants, you must realize you are dealing with a problem that will soon escalate to a crisis.

‘I have no doubt that the politburo will discuss nothing but the growing decline of the economy and try to find ways to deal with it,’ Nyashanu said. Many analysts have pointed out that the problem with ZANU PF is that most of their policies do nothing to encourage an economic upturn.

Malawian journalist Ayam Maeresa said the problems in Zimbabwe can be traced back to the flawed elections held in July last year. Speaking on our weekly Speak Out Padare program on Tuesday, Maeresa said the way elections were conducted in Zimbabwe does not inspire confidence in investors.

Malawians went to the polls on Tuesday in an election in which current President Joyce Banda is facing three strong challengers. Banda came to power two years ago after the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, but her reputation has been dented by a corruption scandal, known as Cashgate, which has led donors to cut aid.

Maeresa said what might save Malawi from an economic meltdown is the transparency with which the Malawi Electoral Commission has conducted the preparations of the poll so far.

‘The registration of voters has been transparent, all political parties have been given access to state media and the voters roll has been availed to all parties, unlike what transpired in Zimbabwe,’ said Maeresa.

2 Responsesto “Politburo panics over economy”

  1. wilbert says:

    Yes it is true that Mugabe has found rigging economy recovery a “completely different ball game” but the tyrant would have found rigging the elections equally impossible if MDC had implemented the reforms. The party was repeatedly warned about the need to implement the reforms but would not listen. They were warned against taking part in the elections with no reforms implemented but again they paid no heed.

    Mr Gutu together with Mr Mwonzora led the MDC campaign to accept the Copac constitution insisting the weak and feeble constitution would deliver free and fair elections. This was the nation’s last chance to force the implementation of the reforms and by vote yes in the referendum the nation slammed the door shut.

    Zimbabwe would not be in this political and economic mess if MDC had
    implemented the reforms. Mugabe did not just rig the elections; he did so
    blatantly because not even one reform had been implemented. It is rather rich that the breathtakingly incompetent individuals who made it child’s play for the tyrant to rig the election should now be wittering about it not being an
    “entirely impossible task”!

    Someone should shove a whole fool’s watermelon – shamba in Shona – into Gutu’s big mouth; just to shut him up. It is bad enough that the nation is now having to start all over again on how to end the Mugabe dictatorship and will pay dearly before that task is done without having to listen to the nonsense from those whose incompetence landed us in the mess!

  2. Amir says:

    It is quite fascinating rhetoric to be laughing at ZPF and the banal “can’t rig the economy” childish mantra. The economy of the country is no laughing matter. Why on earth would the likes of Gutu trivialise the dire situation Zimbabweans find themselves in? Why do they behave as if it is only ZPF affected by the problems? Grow up! If the opposition has something to offer to resuscitate the economy they should come out and show their patriotism by suggesting solutions rather than laugh. Surely how can sane people rejoice in the demise of the nation?

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