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War erupts over MDC-T election blueprint


A vicious verbal war has erupted between Zanu PF and MDC-T following the launch of the latter’s economic blueprint and election trump card Jobs, Upliftment, Investment, Capital and Environment (Juice) on Thursday.


The MDC-T election plan, seeks to reverse the country’s world-breaking unemployment levels currently estimated at over 80%.

Juice is expected to anchor the MDC-T’s election campaign ahead of harmonised elections expected early next year.

MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has described his party’s policy document as the viable alternative to Zanu PF’s indigenisation policy.

But Zanu PF Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere trashed the document, calling it a “stale plan”.

“The MDC-T has finally put to the public a stale Juice plan, manifesto and critique.  It’s stale,” said Kasukuwere on his Facebook post.

“If you don’t have an ideology and clear plans, no amount of putting lipstick on a pig will change it. This party does not even have a shred of pro-poor policies and how they will implement them.”

Kasukuwere’s attack came after the MDC-T organising secretary Nelson Chamisa accused Zanu PF of “stealing” some of the MDC-T’s economic turn-around ideas to beef up its indigenisation policy.

Added Kasukuwere: “Now Chamisa, this is not a plan. Talking of creating one million jobs, just some thumb suck. Please let’s be more serious. How do you do it without broadening the participation of Zimbabweans, recognising decent and formalisation of the informal sector as strategies?

“MDC, we are clear of what empowerment and indigenisation will yield on behalf of the majority. Don’t dream and start walking. It’s dangerous!”

The MDC-T says it plans to create more than one million jobs between 2013 and 2018.

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