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Politicking major economic setback


Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone says politicking is the major setback in the quest to stir the Zimbabwean economy back to its former glory.

She made the remarks during the launch of the Mid-Term Plan in Mutare on Friday.

The Economic Planning and Investment Promotion ministry is going round provinces to launch the document following its national launch in Harare in July this year.

The document is a template to restore the country’s former glory after a decade of accelerated economic meltdown.

Makone said the election mode in which the country is always subjected to is detrimental to development.

“Since the formation of the inclusive government, there has been talks of elections. How can we develop when we are always in election mode? This document is very encouraging in terms of bringing back the former glory, but what’s important is implementation. The level we have gone with politics is such that people are concerned with securing their positions in politics while they neglect citizens of this country,” she said.

“We should take a lesson from Zambia. We only heard about their elections recently and the loser of that election congratulated the winner. After that it will be development until the next elections when campaigns start.”

Her remarks came as Zanu PF called for elections early next year.

Economic Planning and Investment Promotion minister Tapiwa Mashakada said the country was set to transform into the investment-friendly zone.

Mashakada said Manicaland had the potential to be a mega city through the correct utilisation of its resources ranging from diamonds, tourist attractions to agriculture.

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