10 000 extra government jobs raise stink

GOVERNMENT allegedly recruited at least 10 000 workers within six months in defiance of its directive of freezing recruitment to contain the ballooning civil service wage bill, NewsDay has learnt.

Bernard Mpofu
Acting Business Editor

According to documents in the possession of NewsDay, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has taken government to task over the ballooning civil service wage bill after it emerged over 10 000 civil servants had been employed between March and September 2013 in defiance of a standing policy to freeze new jobs in the public service.

Last year, former Finance minister Tendai Biti accused the ministries of Defence and Home Affairs of unilaterally recruiting soldiers and police officers — effectively pushing the government wage bill to as much as $190 million against monthly income of slightly above $200 million.

Zimbabwe hosted an IMF mission between November 6-20 last year to review progress on the implementation of the Staff-Monitored Programme (SMP) as well as discuss macroeconomic projections in preparation for the 2014 National Budget, which was presented by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa on December 19. The SMP is critical in mapping out a way to tackle the country’s external debt estimated at over $6 billion.

The Bretton Woods institution also hinted on extending the SMP by at least three months to cater for delays caused by the electoral process in the country.
Zimbabwe held harmonised elections on July 31, marking an end to the inclusive government formed in 2009 after a disputed presidential run-off election in June 2008.

“The Fund (IMF) noted that the number of civil servants had increased by 10 000 between March 2013 and September 2013 and questioned the government’s commitment to the policy of a hiring freeze,” read part of the document.

“The government agreed to have the second SMP review mission in March 2014, which will be combined with the routine Article IV Consultation Mission.”
The fund said while government projected the economy to grow by 6,1% this year, preliminary findings by the IMF, however, reflected a lower growth rate of 4,8% in 2014.
Official figures show that the public sector wage bill accounts for 75% of total revenue, crowding out capital projects. At the individual level, the civil service remuneration structure has remained modest, with monthly payments of under $316 at the entry levels. Professionals in education, health and administration were being remunerated at monthly average levels of around $465.

The IMF also noted that revenues for 2013 were boosted by the renewal of operating licences by telecommunication operators, as well as the upward review of excise duty on petrol and diesel during the run-up to the harmonised elections.

“The IMF and (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) agreed that errors and omissions remained sizeable and growing, which was a cause for concern. Initial possible sources of these errors were under-reporting of remittances, FDI (foreign direct investment) and exports. The mission suggested that the size of the private remittances that come through the informal channels can only be estimated through a study or survey,” read the report.

Presenting the 2014 National Budget last month, Chinamasa said Treasury was working on cutting the public sector wage bill by growing the revenue base.

“It is, therefore, critical that we grow the economy, to allow us to do more meaningful review of the public service remuneration structure, while at the same time creating additional budgetary resources for social expenditures and growth enhancing infrastructural expenditures,” Chinamasa said.

“Pursuant to this, as we implement the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation priority programmes, Government will be operating on a gradual Budget wage bill reduction strategy. This should see us reduce the wage bill from the prevailing absorption of 75% of the Budget in 2013 to 55-65% by 2015, further reducing to 30% by 2018.”

42 Responses to 10 000 extra government jobs raise stink

  1. chief JS January 1, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    NHAI CHINAMASA WHAT U SAYING IS IMPOSSIBLE CONSIDERING SHRINKING REVENUE AND INCREASING IMPORTS AND COMPANY CLOSURES,EVEN THE IMF PROJECTIONS ARE OVERLY ON THE HIGH MAYBE 2.6PERCENT WOULD BE IN ORDER.THE ISSUE OF BLOATED EMPLOYMENT SEEM TO BE IN ORDER AT CENTRAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL.THE POLITICALLY INDUCED STAFFING ARE COMPROMISING SERVICE DELIVERY AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE WHICH HAS A BEARING ON ECONOMIC GROWING THROUGH PROVISION OF JOBS IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND ALSO CORPORATE PLUS PAYE

  2. Gorofa January 1, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Futseke chinamasa. Wakuti charger ma transaction ana ecocash apa as if we are generating income in sending, receiving and withdrawing money. This is daylight robbery. Kunyatsotiroya masikati machena chaiwo. Manje wakapusa, number yematransaction will decrease sterek. Kana musina mari haikona kuitsvaga nema means ari inhuman. Nxa

  3. tiktak January 1, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    zanu thought they were fixing Biti by engaging in this massive recruitment drive within the security sector in the face of dwindling revenue now it has cameback to haunt them,lets see how they are going to find the money to pay these workers.

  4. chief January 1, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    let them employ even the whole country,they will realise kuti US$ harinhongwi seharurwa/mazhanje,they ar brewing an ungorvenable state for them,they will start fighting vakuvashaira mari yepay,so hw can civil servants get an increase imimuchivawedzera daily nxaaaaa,maZnpf hamuna brain,yu were brainwashed nemaChina nxaaaa fofo

  5. tiktak January 1, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    zanu pf let them stew in their own fat, they thought they were fixing Biti by recruiting large numbers of people within the security services now lets see how they are going to pay them.

  6. malema January 1, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    kwasara kubhadhariswa tax pakuroora mukadzi.

  7. mutigori January 1, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    @Gorofa……ihurumemdeyi inotsvaga mari,nedemo,kuvanhu vayo kusvikapakusvina munhu sedora’1unotanga nePAYE,…wonotenga chikafu wosangana neVAT…fuel panezvakakandwapo..ecocash…Chinamasa anoda imwepo mogadzira economy nekubvutira ,zvamajaira kuita muchisiya maondonga,mavekupinda kueconet yamairamba kupa rezinesi ikatozobatsirwa naJoshua Nkomo aka saina vaMugabe varipaleave,adii kutoraku MASHAVA /SHABHANI mines uko.mapedza here yamurikutaka moga imi vana vaMwari chaivo,isumuchitinyima ?yemaDaimonds

  8. makaveli January 1, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    poor ecocash yave ku texa. This is the company zanu pf denied a licence, today mave kuda mari pa ecocash. The chickenz will come home to roost one day. The masses are tired

  9. Lazy Boy January 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Very genuine concerns contributed by readers on this platform although some appear to be really emotional. I wonder if the government takes heed by going through these comments with an open mind and not take them as coming from political opponents. People want their lives improved and the economy to promise a better future. Surely the President & Cabinent, ZANU PF party and Chinamasa do not have all the solutions and the povo is there to voice genuine concerns so that they can plan with the people in mind. What is the logic of recruiting 10,000 more civil servants when government wage bill is unacceptably too high? The small steps in the right direction that you take now will determine your destiny come the next general election.

  10. Die Hard. January 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Nyika yenyu yamaichemera, hona yaita mamvemve.

  11. MukarangawekuMberengwa January 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Tinoti mawara aro dzetse kuzadza mazai pagangwa rahwa kutinhira kwemvura risisingazivi kuti svimvuranhando svinhoenda zvachose , inoita kuti mazai achochomwa vana puruvuru vafire mumatope . Hezvi maZANU aya ogombegwa otadza kukakata vana veZimbabwe vabude mumatope . Ko mati maonei vanha vevhu ndiwo vanhu vachapera kuita chikutumeno nenhamo zvokwadi

  12. rrrrrrr January 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    For as long as the Zanu pf does not deal with the rampant corruption in its governance then it is heading to hit a brick wall.

  13. Solomon Zulu January 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    The ruling party has been in government for 33 years. Surely they do not care about the ordinary masses.How can you employ 10000 men at this moment when the economy is collapsing ?

  14. mashotopiyana January 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    shit business todohoposhera mabhurukwa gwendo guno !

  15. Zanu Pf January 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Nhai Bretton woods Instution ndeye kuchina here? Coz tinoda our friends from the east.

  16. Zanu Pf January 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Asi ndirikuona hangu kuti apa pachatiomera musangano unofanira kumira nesimba.
    Coz zvino anhu aya kuchaadzinga basa hazvichaiiti ngekuti ndiwo akavhotere musangano zve.

  17. Musona January 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Our black politicians should ask themselves one question – why it is that just a few thousand whites managed to look after millions of blacks and still have a vibrant economy second only to S Africa on the continent despite the UN trade sanctions imposed from 1965 to 1980. Why employ more people when this regime cannot pay those who are already there who go for months unpaid?
    The firms which made this country a vibrant economy were started by the whites who have been expelled or dispossessed by ZanuPF. Little knowledge is proving very very dangerous for those governing in Zimbabwe. Mugabe and his gang are old-fashioned non-technical nationalists who haven’t got a grasp on what made this country’s economy second best in Africa. They are stuck in time warp. Most of them were primary school teachers who last worked in the late 1950s and are now on sinecures since 1980. They have the mistaken notion that as long as there is an abundance of natural resources the country will prosper but they forget that these natural resources were there before the whites came in 1890 but the locals were poor and unable to exploit these resources. It costs a lot of money, exceptional skills and hardheaded management to exploit these resources something lacking from corrupt and inept ZanuPF.

    • samuel gweshe January 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

      Dear Musona…Your assessment even though too general,and emotional raised more questions our uneducated fellows find difficult to answer.Let me answer some.Rhodesia was not lead by few white people as per your say, but by another power full country by the name Britain under The British South Africa Company,Second, the few whites we always talk about were just left farmers after 1980 cease fire.Most of them returned home in Britain,their police officer soldiers etc.Thirdly..According to the minority rule all unemployed people were not allowed to live in the cities,employed blacks could use light bulb only hence there where no electricity bills and bill readers.Our population doubled since 1980,there were few schools hence few teachers were required,few clinics,few cars few transport operators hence government expenditure was low.the previous economy was for few white minority.Imagine your father used pram a stove and you are using electric stove etc.All these changes attract high cost of living and more employees for the government.Hope you now see the light!!!

      • Musona January 1, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

        @samuel gweshe – what exactly are youtrying to say? I am sorry your remarks don’t make any sense at all.

      • zimbo January 2, 2014 at 5:31 am #

        how did Rhodesia maintain a stable economy during its period of sanctions?Rhodisians ‘beat’ sanctions didn’t they?

    • scotv January 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

      Q. Why it is that just a few thousand whites managed to ‘look after’ millions of blacks and still had a vibrant economy?

      A. EXPLOITATION!

      Rhodies were concerned only for their own interests, the crumbs from their table is what ‘looked after’ the non threatening blacks who looked to baas for sustenance. You use the term ‘look after’ suggesting a parent/child relationship, exposing your view of blacks as children of white masters, I am sure you are familiar with the derogatory ‘garden boy, post boy, house girl’ titles branded on old folks your age by little rhodie girls and boys back in the day.

      Let me just say, I do acknowledge the current government’s governance flaws from 1980 to date as I also appreciate sound government policies from 1980 to date. I can’t understand why anybody can speak so highly of a racist regime that made a minority very wealthy while under-developing the majority. Rhodesia might have been ‘wealthy’ but it was not for everybody; please download a copy of the Rhodesian constitution or read rhodie blogs to see what that system thought of blacks. Your loathing the ZANU PF gov can be justified but your enduring praise of Rhodesia is just so sickening, sir!

      • Eme January 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

        @scotv – how can you argue with someone who lived in Rhodesia? people were not forced to be garden boys or post boys. Are there no garden boys or post boys these days? Even if they are no longer called garden boys or post boys they still do the jobs of posty boys and garden boys. You can call them whatever you like like calling a garden boy a landscape engineer and post boy, delivery agent, it will not make any difference the job description is still the same. What’s in a name? Musona you are spot on.

  18. Musona January 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Even with the added advantage of diamonds, discovered in 2006, Zimbabwe is worse off than Rhodesia without any diamonds.

  19. samuel gweshe January 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Dear Minister Chinamasa………As a concerned Zimbabwean,and a businessman as well as an employer,i think there is a serious need for the Government to assess and evaluate the government labor..worthiness.I think the government is over staffed,If you Analise each employee worthiness, i am sure you will discover that there is serious need for retrenchment than employment.Since we are not at war i think half of our soldiers must perform other duties like prison officers and police officers rather than paying them as watchdogs.Introduce job enlargement and performance based remuneration system where possible…………concerning liquidity crunch faced by the nation,there is urgent need for the ministry to create new Zimdollar with intrinsic value.surely if we depend on the green buck of which is beyond our control, we miss the point.Lets make real or slightly above value $1,$5,$10dimond coins and $20,$50$100 slightly above value gold coins.Of course there are problems to be encountered such as constant printing and externalization of the currency but they can not outweigh the advantages.People all over the world will scramble for Zim dollars.We will be selling our minerals at the sometime.All laws that govern the possession of diamonds and gold must be amended for progress sake.Avoid bookish economics running the country by responding to media speculations, but by applying practical wisdom.

  20. chimwango January 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Employed ten thousand more to beat people during election time.

  21. samuel gweshe January 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Dear Minister Chinamasa………As a concerned Zimbabwean,and a businessman as well as an employer,i think there is a serious need for the Government to assess and evaluate the government labor..worthiness.I think the government is over staffed,If you Analise each employee worthiness, i am sure you will discover that there is serious need for retrenchment than employment.Since we are not at war i think half of our soldiers must perform other duties like prison officers and police officers rather than paying them as watchdogs.Introduce job enlargement and performance based remuneration system where possible…………concerning liquidity crunch faced by the nation,there is urgent need for the ministry to create new Zim dollar with intrinsic value.surely if we depend on the green buck of which is beyond our control, we miss the point.Lets make real or slightly above value $1,$5,$10dimond coins and $20,$50$100 slightly above value gold coins.Of course there are problems to be encountered such as constant printing and externalization of the currency but they can not outweigh the advantages.People all over the world will scramble for Zim dollars.We will be selling our minerals at the sometime.All laws that govern the possession of diamonds and gold must be amended for progress sake.Avoid bookish economics running the country by responding to media speculations, but by applying practical wisdom.

  22. bb January 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Musona wabaya nekukanwa straight.

  23. Musona January 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    @scotv – The whites travelled thousands of kilometres from Europe to this land seeking wealth for themselves. In the olden days powerful nations did not trade with each other as they do today: they attacked or colonised weaker nations or lands with the sole aim of looting and capturing slaves. That was the norm the world over. Even in African lands, various ethnic groups or tribes raided each other solely to loot. The Nd*bele used to raid weaker groups in their northeast. The Kalanga are made up of ZeZ*rus captured in their north-east and the Nd*b*le. Their language is a mixture of ZeZ*ru and Nd*be*e.
    Whites had no contract to indulge blacks. Whites did not come all this far to indulge blacks, they came to make a fortune for themselves and in the process they used our forefathers and us as labour. We were not forced to work for whites. Those who wanted work moved to the towns and ended up in townships as what I did. If you got a job you could also get a house to rent from the white employers. It was as straightforward as that. This is what I mean by “looking after us”. To start with I had no money to build my own house besides the houses given to us to rent by the whites were much better that the mud-round huts I was used to in the rural area. To me this was a step up. This may be unpalatable to the young generation but is typical of the route followed by all blacks at the time. You had to work for the white man first or stay in the rural area. If this was not “looking after us”, what is?
    You people invariably conflate racism with poverty. Whites who came to this land were rich and had unique skills acquired from their countries which were already in the Industrial revolution whereas our forefathers were still in the Stone Age. When the whites came they found blacks in a state of poverty – it was not the whites’ fault – it was what they found. When you say they “under-developed the majority” what exactly do you mean? What were they supposed to do? Hand out bags of money to every black person? At no time was I ever been stopped making myself rich by the whites. Perhaps you know some blacks who were told they have no right to be rich? Who are those? How come some blacks got richer than whites like Ruredzo, Mwamuka, Samuriwo, Mundawarara, Mwayera, Murambiwa (Machipisa), Mutanga, Tavengwa (Mushandira Pamwe), Makomva, Zemura, Chitaukire and thousands others? You people do not want to know the truth – you would rather some unscrupulous politician lied to you.

    • silvanos January 2, 2014 at 10:38 am #

      thanks Musona for the awakening of dim-wits. you know some people hate to face reality in the face. when whites came in, there was no harare or a town like it whatsoever. they just sought what they thouth would be a prefect geographical position to fort a town. there was nothing in Harare (salisbury) or in its geo-position for one to say they envied that area. they made Harare what it is today by merely developing it from a remote area like Binga to a state capital. the the pull factor for harare is industrial infrastructure developed by the same whites. why try to justify that which is unjustifiable. We envy what others have already built, as evidenced by the grab-and-plunder pandemic initiated by the gvt. We cannot develop our own.

  24. Musona January 1, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    During white rule all blacks were exempt from paying income tax and black businesses were exempt from paying corporation tax. Only whites paid income tax and corporation tax. It didn’t mean anything to us at the time but we only realised how bad income tax and corporation tax were when we voted Za*u into power in 1980 – everyone was now compelled to pay income tax and corporation tax. Income tax rate is 45% of one’s wages. That is to say, during white rule if you got paid $2000 a month you took home $2000 with no deductions. But after Z*nu got into power in 1980 one couldn’t take home $2000 a month but subtract 45% of $2000. From 1980 one would only take home $1100 instead of $2000.

  25. aaaaa! January 2, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    so wat r you saying pple? The white regime was better?? I disagree… Idont think the segregation we faced was better than current situation… Of course our current state cud be improved if some pple holding public office wud jus stop being greedy and do their jobs ryt..stop being selfish for once and see what big difference that wud make!!

  26. Wezhira Wezhara January 2, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Problem with blacks in zim is the sense of entitlement and lack of foresight and vision…hanzi whites ‘took care of us’ murume mukuru ane vana anodaro saka if Zanu/Gvt/Mugabe vakasaita borehole muraini medu isu ne n’ombe dzedu tofa pane kuzvicherera toga as if hatigone???? This is why vanhu vachifara kuti mu Zim mutamburwe asi kana nhamo yauya haina kuti MDC/ZANU tose tinofa nezhara…lets build. Zvepolitics siyai vana Tsvangirayi vasina dzidzo vatambudzane ne ZANU yacho..Vana Biti nana Ian Makone vakangoti zii handiti vane fall back ye ma law firm ne ma butcher saka isu tofira kuti Tsvangirayi awane basa adye?? Imba ye $1.5 million wangonanzva kutonga and u think he will do better than ZANU?? Ko vakadzi?? $ 300 000 yekubhadhara Locardia wakaiwanepi ne salary yake??

  27. prisoner6449/64 January 2, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    How much did our liberaters pay to Smith during their stay in prison? for degrees they were allowed to learn ‘economics’)How much do we pay now?+950at our state vars. how much does a civil servant earn? mwana wake achadzidza here?Vana Scottv ukwane wanzwa.Building of infrastructure is gvt responsibility in line with population dynamics.Waida kuti clinic,school,road zvivakwe hondo ichitsa.Our freedom is fast becoming irrelevant

  28. garwe January 2, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    interesting comments from readers, but i am failing to see the difference between Zanu PF and Rhodes, Zanu Pf had leant to rule using the same tactics from Rhodes. A few individuals from ZPF are rich and driving cars (real cars) not japanese scrapes, there are the only controllers of the economy, Tenders are awarded to them, everything. by the time foreign currency was regarded as illegal tenders, they were taking them for their personal use, Anyone with a different ideology of governance is traitor, that is Smith regime, there are land Barons, 1 man 10 Farms, these are errors that will take years to be corrected, none of their sons and daughters are being taught farming, vending, carpentry, welding and are being trained to be leaders, Economists, etc that they will keep you away from the real governance and economy at your expense, given a $5000.00 loan or promised to be fed well by them, check their benefits, we need right attitude and read our government with sober minds, These people were employed towards elections as ghost workers, none of them is qualified to do anything, seriously, are they Nurses, Doctors, Economists and any other professions, NO. how many graduates are romping the streets doing nothing, Praising this ideology is bad and must be condemned.

  29. Jerà January 2, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    The creation of 2,2million jobs was a huge lie.

    Job creation means economic growth and more revenue collection by the state.

    If indeed Zanu PF believed in its own promise of 2,2M jobs, Chinamasa’s economic growth forecast would be many times higher.

    Bhora rakagohwa and Bob took home the matchball. Muchagodini.

    Not so happy 2014.

    My pen is capped

    Jerà

  30. Gorofa January 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Shamwari tsvangirai akaroora nemari yake not yegvt. Plus fut law hairambidzi munhu kuita vakadz vaanoda. Nyangwe thousand aslong as pasina force kana zvana rape. If he’s wrong prove him in the courts.

  31. Musona January 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Whit*s were in this country to make a fortune for themselves. Our forefathers initially resisted working for the whit*s and besides there were not many to provide the labour needed by the whit*s so the whit*s went out to neighbouring states like Moz*mbique, Ny*saland and Nort*ern Rh*desia looking for labour which is why there are so many people living in this country who come from these countries. It was only after the local bla*k people saw how affluent the people from neighbouring countries were getting by working for whit*s that local bla*ks started flocking to towns looking for work having initially resisted. It then became the norm to look for work at the wh*te man’s company or firm or farm. There was no law to say bla*ks could only work for wh*te people. It costs money to build expensive houses, expensive schools, expensive hospitals. Whit*s paid to have these expensive facilities done for themselves and bla*ks didn’t but expected first rate services for free! People must stop conflating poverty and racism. People must regard whit*s as affluent neighbours who had a fleet of cars but were never going to lend the other cars in their fleet to their poor neighbours. How many cars has Phillip Chiyangwa got? Does he lend them to poor relatives or fellow bla*ks? I call this dependency syndrome.

    • scotv January 3, 2014 at 6:38 am #

      @ Musona, here is just one example to prove that you are taking drugs; quoting you on paragraph 2:

      “Whites did not come all this far to indulge blacks, they came to make a fortune for themselves and in the process they used our forefathers and us as labour. We were not forced to work for whites.”

      This is what you wrote on paragraph 1:

      “..they attacked or colonised weaker nations or lands with the sole aim of looting and capturing slaves.”

      So you are saying they made us slaves but did not force us to work, is that it?

      Nazi Germany was super wealthy from enslaving, looting and pillaging; how many Jews have you seen praising Hitler’s government for being efficient, skilled and super awesome?

  32. silvanos January 3, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Scotv, plz use your common sense to comprehend. Musona gives us the norm of those days. he later relates to those whites who came to settle. in the first para he relates to slave traders, yet in the second he relates to settlers. i have a strong belief slave traders were not the same as settlers. where is your history book dude? where in Rhodesia you ever heard people being captured to be slaves? infact, slave trade didnt happen in every african state, there are some that were spared and they later became colonies. your obsession for criticism is blatantly so annoying.

    • scotv January 3, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      The word chibharo rings a bell? If you are annoyed by facts you will find real life a nightmare, my friend! Musona enjoys a fantasy life of dreaming of a Rhodesia fair to all regardless of race and laments majority rule, he is very cozy in his la la land. What is your fantasy?

  33. Falcon January 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    @Scotv- You do have a point on chibharo, hundreds of locals lost their lives during the construction of the Kariba dam. That said, while the racists were defecating on us, they had the decency not to steal everything in sight..I mean they built roads, schools and hospitals. Our current crop of leaders believe it is enough to tell us stories and let the REAL issues like corruption, good governance and other important social and economic issues in the periphery..Granted the whites took care of their own..what is stopping us from doing the same if not naked wanton thievery which is almost primitive in its accumulation thrust!

    • scotv January 4, 2014 at 7:49 am #

      @ Falcon, my position on corruption and bad governance is very clear; I think you and I can agree on that. Where we differ is that I don’t buy the myth that the current opposition has all the answers. Where I differ with Musona is that Rhodesia is the answer. Rhodesia and the current opposition are as much a part of the problem as the current government; how could they be the solution? Another myth, the global corporate greed machine is the answer. My belief is that Zimbabweans must own the rights to their resources through government policy designed to further the interests of all Zimbabweans first, while making a fair profit for whichever partner has capital. It could be a ZANU PF or MDC government, I really couldn’t care less so long as there is accountability and prosperity.

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