THE MDC-T has accused President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party of stealing ideas from its Jobs, Upliftment, Capital and Ecology (Juice) economic blueprint to formulate a theme for the party’s December conference.
Report by Everson Mushava Chief Reporter
Zanu PF last week announced that its conference — to be held in Gweru between December 4 and 9 — would be organised under the theme Indigenise, Empower, Develop and Create Employment.
The MDC-T said the theme was copied from its blueprint because Zanu PF realised that its policies were not appealing to ordinary Zimbabweans.
“Zanu PF has now finally seen sense in the MDC thrust on job creation and has at the 11th hour slotted ‘Create Employment’ in their conference theme,” the MDC-T wrote on its website.
The party accused Zanu PF of being hypocritical in its calls for job creation.
“Zanu PF, which all along has been viciously denigrating the MDC-T’s ‘jobs and upliftment’ drive through their retinue of surrogates, is now savouring a humble pie to embrace the job creation idea after realising that it has all along been chasing a wild goose by peddling a desperate ‘indigenisation’ asset grab and strip, which, to all intents and purposes, is akin to thieving and personal accumulation of wealth by Zanu PF cronies at the expense of the suffering majority,” the MDC-T added.
It said Zanu PF’s “insincere move” was aimed at “hoodwinking the unsuspecting majority into thinking that the ‘sunset’ party now has an agenda for job creation after years of plunder and looting of national assets under the guise of black empowerment and/or indigenisation”.
But Zanu PF hit back with party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa saying the MDC-T could not claim monopoly to ideas.
“I was Minister of National Affairs and Employment Creation long before the MDC-T was formed,” he said. “It means Zanu PF placed importance on creating jobs since a long time ago.
“They should not talk nonsense. After all, indigenisation creates employment.”