Government revising economic policies: Mujuru

THE government yesterday admitted that most of its policies were not working and it was revisiting them to ensure that the collapsing national economy could recover.

MOSES MATENGA

Addressing hundreds of mourners at the burial of national hero Brigadier-General John Zingoni at the National Heroes’ Acre, Acting President Joice Mujuru said government was “revisiting” policies and “revising” others as steps to revive the economy.

“Government continues to revisit some of its policies, revise its modes of doing work,” Mujuru said.

“Above all, we continue to create space for you and me to pursue opportunities.

“Admittedly, it is too early to have results, but definitive steps are being undertaken.”

Analysts said Mujuru’s statement was an admission that Zanu PF’s economic policies, including the much-touted Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), had failed to work and needed revision.

The government has been pursuing populist policies that were now having a boomerang effect on the economy, which is now in a free-fall.

Of late, the Zanu PF government has softened its once tough and aggressive stance on indigenisation as championed by former Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere.

The policies have scared away potential investors at a time the country needed them most.

President Robert Mugabe was absent as he is yet to return from his routine medical check-up in Singapore, where he went last week.

Present at the national shrine were Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda and other government officials.

Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba stole the thunder from the Zanu PF Chimurenga Choir when he joined them on the dance floor.

Mujuru, who stuck to her prepared speech throughout the address, described the late Zingoni — whose Chimurenga name was Tichatonga Booker — as a dedicated cadre who devoted his life in defence of the country.

Zingoni succumbed to a heart ailment last week at the age of 60.
The burial was attended by members of the security forces and a handful of Zanu PF supporters.

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20 Comments

  1. The problem Zimbabwe’s economic and national policies are announced at funerals that is why they are dead from the word go. Do Mugabe and Mujuru wait for a national hero to die to announce some policies which affect the nation or they should address them daily. Mujuru if you see the luxury homes, oasis in the desert called Zimbabwe then you will know that you guys are not willing to build Zimbabwe but your own luxuries chete else we would not be in this mess. You are going down as the most incompetent people ever to walk the earth.

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    2. @maita – so true. They know they won’t be asked awkward questions in graveyards.
      The inhabitants are obedient and keep silent.

    3. From now until around the same time next year or 2016 there will be no heroes acre funeral. Until then we will let you know what the gvt is up to and how we are sorting the economy.

  2. GONAREZHOU TAMBURAI

    Mai Mujuru,please for once be serious.We love the party but you are letting us down.Surely,your gvt policies do promote investment at all. How can you honestly boast that you won 2013 elections yet your very own supporters are suffering like this? Where is your conscience? There is need for an all stake holders dialogue for this economy to be revived. You should be alarmed by the closure of companies in Zimbabwe. Please don’t overplay politics.We don’t eat politics.

  3. goodchildgonebad

    OTHER THAN TONING DOWN THE RHETORIC NOTHING FUNDAMENTALLY HAS CHANGED,SHE SHOULD HAVESPECIFIED THE LITTLE CHANGE THATS HAPPENED TO DATE.U A SPOT ON WHEN MENTION DEAD POLICIES MENTIONED AT GRAVEYARDS.THIS ECONOMY IS FOR ALL ZIMBABWEANS AS SUCH POLICIES SHOULD BENEFIT ALL THROUGH PROVISION OF JOBS,PROTECTION OF PROPERTY RIGHTS,CERTAINTY OF POLICIES,RESPECT OF HUMAN AND PEOPLES RIGHTS.

  4. Ana Mujuru kungorotomoka for the past 33 years ndeipi policy yezanu yakavaka nyika,only looting and destroying,muchamama chete,

  5. GONAREZHOU TAMBURAI

    ZANU-PF policies benefit only the top men & the well politically connected. That is corruption which appears to be a ZANU-PF preserve.No right thinking person can support that.Frankly,no country will ever come to our economic rescue unless the bad policies are totally removed & there is genuine political behavioral change. Who will trust ZANU-PF in this world? Even China hates corruption. Ironically,the president is a devout catholic who knows that corruption is a sin & he knows who is corrupt but does nothing about it.The president recently admitted that corruption was killing us but what is he doing about it ?? Maybe he is predominantly concerned about his Singapore trips & nothing at all about Zimbabwe.

  6. I think the best thing is to change the people who are making the policies and bring in fresh ideas. Think of the amount of time we have lost in 34 years and we still have same people making and remaking polices. Now the old man instead of travelling few kilometers to hospitals he is having to fly all the way to Singapore losing a lot of money that can be used to nurture our own doctors.

    Pafungei ipapo

    The truth is Zanu Pf you have failed

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  8. We love the party but you are letting us down.Surely,your gvt policies do promote investment at all. There is need for an all stake holders dialogue for this economy to be revived. You should be alarmed by the closure of companies in Zimbabwe

  9. Do not revise economic policies before you exercise free and fair elections like what happened in India.After that Investors will come.

  10. Vana Mujuru tinyararirei apa

  11. ZimA*sset – smoke and mirrors.

  12. zimbabwe needs a complete engine overhaul, changing 1 or 2 spark plugs here & there wil not get us anywhere

  13. Teurai ropa mai wabo Mujuru.I condemn the utterances of this lady, people shouldnt take her serous because she is not serious.They have always been saying that

  14. In Zim we need a younger leader and that leader must form his on gvt , also its time yu start telling us you are doing something about our economy ?Zim

  15. Zvighubhu Ngondo Ngondo

    I am wondering when mai Mujuru realized that their policies are not working.Firstly do Zimbabweans actually expect major policy change to be announced at funerals. Just like Mugabe she is following the same trend. The result of this is that the policies go and get buried with the dead. and we dont hear about them latter. The situation in Zimbabwe requires a real policy shift and i meal real so that things change in the country.Mugabes gvt s going down in history as the most corrupt and populist in terms of policy and and destroyed the country to unprecedented levels. No country has sunk that low economicaly even Germany in the 1930s was better because they quickly changed the scene. What boggles the mind is why people cannot see. Even their own supporters are complaining that things are difficult and there are no jobs in the country. They can see that the policies only benefit the top people and the army. Noone in the world in his five senses will help us because of our policies which border on childish pride, selfishness and real stupidity. Mugabe said we we are turning east yet the east itself is turning west. What does that mean. Even China itself doesent trust us as evidenced by their demand or collateral security in order to give aid.Now the health servises, education, transport virtually all sectors are run down and they dont have money and the little there is being spent on medical bills for the president who has to fly thousands of kilometres to get treatment where all of us cannot get. We are left with hospitals with no doctors nurses and drugs. Can we all fly to Malaysia for treatment. These people made terrible mistakes which are unforgivable.It doesent help to make peace-meal policy changes mai Mujuru. What is required is a whole sale change and new faces. You have done enough damage and Zimbabweans please wake up

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