Moyo pleads with exiles to return home

Simon Khaya-Moyo

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
2 June 2014

Simon Khaya Moyo, the ZANU PF senior Minister of State, has urged Zimbabweans in the diaspora to return home and participate in rebuilding the country’s economy.

Speaking last week at a meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Unions at Harare Polytechnic, Moyo said individuals in foreign lands had a role to play in economic development.

‘You go in the SADC region, it’s Zimbabweans who are running the economies of those countries and beyond. In Europe it’s you people who are there and can you imagine if we say come back all of you and let us now address all our challenges.

‘This is going to be something else in this country and we shall be moving also in that direction to make sure that those in the Diaspora come back and make the situation attractive in the sense that they must feel that they have got a duty to contribute to our economic development,’ said Moyo.

He continued: ‘So if you have got any relative outside, please tell them to get ready to come back home because we need them so that Zimbabwe can move ahead.’

However social commentator Matthew Nyashanu told SW Radio Africa on Monday that Moyo’s rallying call is laughable, coming from a man whose party forced millions of Zimbabweans into exile.

‘What has changed in Zimbabwe that can attract the people who left because of dire economic and political problems? Things have gone from bad to worse and in the last eight months alone, thousands more have left the country,’ Nyashanu explained.

He said ZANU PF must return to the rule of law and improve on its democratic record as a signal that they are ready to do things differently.

‘Any country that has sound economic policies and respects human rights will attract skilled workers. You don’t need to call them but they will come on their own volition,’ added Nyashanu.

It is estimated that there are between three and four million Zimbabweans in exile today, with many of them experts in various fields. Analysts point out that Zimbabwe is a country that has a large percentage of its active population in exile, because of the economic insecurity back home.



11 Responsesto “Moyo pleads with exiles to return home”

  1. bingo says:

    Moyo must be drinking kachasu! Return home? What home? As long as ZANU PF rules, to me Zimbabwe is a burial ground, a cemetery and hence I sure will come back home, in a coffin.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      You should be buried wherever you happen to be domiciled. We do not know you and the sooner you die and buried the better. Those who want to make Zimbabwe their home and country are welcome. Ok dofo?

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  3. Tapson Mukaka says:

    Why are they asking people to come back yet they still think they are capable of running the country themselves? They just want more voting heads thats all.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      They are asking Zimbabweans to come back home and develop their own country. If you do not like the idea, just stay where you are. Nobody will force to go home. Ok dofo?

      • Tanya says:

        I love my country, it will always be home BUT the reality
        is that as long as zim is run by a small group of corrupt fat cats it’s hardly
        alluring for those weighing up their options. You sound bitter – calling people
        “dofo” but a true dofo is the uneducated fool who doesn’t understand
        socio-political factors that govern human behaviour and as a result instead of
        acting like an irate child who can’t express yourself why not sit, assess and
        come up with possible solutions and/or ideas. Just saying…name calling hardly
        built a nation did it?

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          If you love your country, then you should say and do the right thing. Moyo does not force you to cast your vote in favour of his political party. And at no time has the ruling political party, ZANU PF indicated to the world that it is capable of governing the country on its own. What I know is that it always wins elections each time they are held in Zimbabwe. And by implication if it wins with a majority, it has the constitutional power to govern the country on its own. Let your political party win with a clear majority in the 2018 elections and nobody will question why your political party will be calling the shots in Zimbabwe. Is that a fair comment, my friend?

  4. Tanya says:

    I love my country, it will always be home BUT the reality
    is that as long as zim is run by a small group of corrupt fat cats it’s hardly
    alluring for those weighing up their options. You sound bitter – calling people
    “dofo” but a true dofo is the uneducated fool who doesn’t understand
    socio-political factors that govern human behaviour and as a result instead of
    acting like an irate child who can’t express yourself why not sit, assess and
    come up with possible solutions and/or ideas. Just saying…name calling hardly
    built a nation did it?

  5. emagumeni abanyabantu says:

    Simon Khaya ndoda !!! ungabodlala ngothuvi ungela manzi okugeza izandla ndoda,If your msg was,Diasporians should work hard and invest back home l will understand you ndoda,Home is always the best place and it is the final destination for some of us amaZimbambweans,Alive or dead, But now the situation forces almost everybody to sneak out of the country so they can put food on the table for themselves and their families, A country with no jobs,industries have shut down,economy is shrinking,And an old man like you go on public lendevu zakhe and say stupid msg like that and yet all your kids are in diaspora,l think there is a better way to attrack most of Zimbabweans outside the country to come back than that one Simon Khaya Moyo ndoda…

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Oh boy, you can be an employer yourself. You do not have to be employed by anybody if you have the brains, mate.

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