Doom looms as Zanu PF, MDC-T lose focus

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ZIMBABWEANS should brace for tougher times and worsening economic turbulence between now and December as the country’s two main parties — Zanu PF and MDC-T — have shifted focus to succession politics, analysts said yesterday.

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The parties are also preparing for their respective elective congresses between October and December.

Both the ruling Zanu PF and the opposition MDC-T are embroiled in nasty internal power struggles within their structures while the economy continues to glide towards deflation.

The MDC-T is expected to hold its elective congress in October while Zanu PF will have their congress in December.

Zanu PF is deeply divided along factional lines and the race towards the upcoming elective congress has overshadowed its pre-election promises to rejuvenate the economy using its widely discredited economic recovery blueprint, Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset).

Zanu PF requires $27 billion to fund the programme.

The MDC-T, on the other hand, has not yet recovered from the July 31 2013 poll defeat followed by post-election defections, divisions and smear campaigns such that it has abandoned its oversight role as it fights to keep its head above water.

MDC-T Harare provincial spokesperson Obert Gutu yesterday said: “Zanu PF is on virtual autopilot and I don’t see any serious policy articulation and formulation coming from that faction-ridden party between now and their congress in December.”

Gutu added: “As for the MDC-T, the dust is settling and the rebel tsunami has been effectively contained. However, I foresee a situation where serious policy formulation will only start taking shape after the elective congress that has been slated for October.”

But, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said: “There is nothing like that. We are focusing on ZimAsset and how it can be implemented. Who is saying that?”

Political analyst Alexander Rusero said the economy was “between a rock and a hard surface” given the infighting, policy discord and jostling for positions within Zanu PF and MDC-T.

He said the recent discordant policy pronouncements made by Indigenisation minister Francis Nhema and Information minister Jonathan Moyo demonstrated how internal party fights had stalled national programmes.

“From now, it will be continuation in a policy vacuum because of discord caused by open clashes between ministers in government. We have Nhema and  Moyo coming up with differing positions on indigenisation and Vice-President Joice Mujuru saying it needed 40 years for ZimAsset to work,” Rusero said.

“Politicians are prioritising politics ahead of economic issues and solutions. The economy from now until December will be the biggest loser. Jobless youths and rural people are wondering where ZimAsset went to because the promises given are not being fulfilled. Instead of focusing on implementing it, they are saying they are now focusing attention to another election campaign in 2018. How can you talk of Project 2018 only one year after an electoral victory?”

To date, Moyo has had run-ins with several Cabinet ministers and was early this month publicly chastised by President Robert Mugabe for being “divisive” and a “weevil bent on destroying the party from within”.

Another analyst, Ernest Mudzengi, said there would be nothing progressive from government as Zanu PF ministers were fighting for top posts ahead of congress.

“I don’t see anything progressive policywise from both parties as they continue to fight for personal political turf,” Mudzengi said.

“When the politicians continue to tussle over personal political gain, then the country bleeds policywise.”

Analyst Takura Zhangazha added: “The internal fights have compromised government performance, especially within the ruling Zanu PF party which is focusing on factions and their congress.

It diverts attention from national economic programmes.

“Within the opposition, they are fighting also and that has led to the lack of democratic oversight or review of government policy and this  eventually stops focusing on real issues, but focusing on retention of power at the expense of dealing with the economic challenges.”

The opposition MDC-T was recently rocked by turmoil after its “axed” secretary-general Tendai Biti, former deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and a sizeable number of MPs — commonly referred to as the MDC-Renewal Team — pulled out citing irreconcilable policy differences with party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The Biti-fronted MDC-Team accused Tsvangirai of spurning leadership renewal calls and using violence to crush dissent, which Tsvangirai has strongly denied.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Now for a change, our politicians start living in interesting times, the Chinese will say. We cant wait, we are sitting on the edge of our seats for more of the same! If it were not for the fact that the eocmony was in free fall most citizens would be grabbing ringside seats to see the brawling and bruising by the political class..This beats the Sponge Bob cartoon anyday. Presently you have ZANU versus ZANNU and then ZANU vs MDC and MDC vs MDC..Spectators are spoilt for choice which bout they should watch…Spectators pray and hope the contest will be contained at the higher tables and will not spill over to the ringside..some have not finished paying for the dresses and suits they bought to watch the fights. I suppose the underlying truth is now all revealed in this bare knuckle ‘rumble in the jungle.’ The message coming out is loud and clear, the politicians are not in it for anything but the flashy cars and the free ride on the groovy gravy train. Well Isuppose we deserve to be entertained for a while, after all we are footing the bill.

  2. I don’t see how MDC-T policies would help this fast falling economy because they are not in power. All they can do is perfect, or revisit their policies for attracting voters between now and the next election, but that does not solve the current crisis

    • I Agree with you Mike. The economy being in a free fall; between now and December; and the MDC (who are not in government, thus their influence in policy formulation and implementation lies in the much muzzled Parliamentary duties…..unotoshaya kuti reporter uyu ari kutsvagei kuMDC. These are two divorced stories. From now and December the MDC has nothing to do than play the gong (which has been and seems remains, their professional performance par excellence). Not that they should not put their house in order for the other half of heaven/hell to realise the country need sober thoughts. Mr Reporter sir, please do not just mix issues unnecessarily.

  3. kikikiki 40years its not a joke 27billion US dollars z also not a joke soo pamberi nenhamo varume nhamo mugedhi

  4. We, the electorate, should devise ways of living without ZANU PF and MDC. Let’s not and never depend on politicians for our lives, Sadly, their thinking and attitudes affect us big time. But then, why do we give them resounding victories?

  5. Moses Matenga! I do not see where MDC T comes in in this case since it is not in power.Are you afraid of criticising ZanuPf which rigged its way into power without involving MDC T?Which of the ministries is being run by MDC T?

  6. Now
    for a change, our politicians start living in interesting times, the
    Chinese will say. We cant wait, we are sitting on the edge of our seats
    for more of the same! If it were not for the fact that the eocmony was
    in free fall most citizens would be grabbing ringside seats to see the
    brawling and bruising by the political class..This beats the Sponge Bob
    cartoon anyday. Presently you have ZANU versus ZANNU and then ZANU vs
    MDC and MDC vs MDC..Spectators are spoilt for choice which bout they
    should watch…Spectators pray and hope the contest will be contained at
    the higher tables and will not spill over to the ringside..some have
    not finished paying for the dresses and suits they bought to watch the
    fights. I suppose the underlying truth is now all revealed in this bare
    knuckle ‘rumble in the jungle.’ The message coming out is loud and
    clear, the politicians are not in it for anything but the flashy cars
    and the free ride on the groovy gravy train. Well Isuppose we deserve to
    be entertained for a while, after all we are footing the bill.

  7. As far as we know, the country made good progress toward recovery during the time MDC T was part of government & as soon as they left, things went back to the dark ages. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that zanupf is solely responsible for the current mess. Empty talk, arrogance, pride & delusion is all that is left of the ruling party

  8. serious this story is biased Mr reporter i dont see were the MDC fits in since they are not part of the ruling team…,facts still remain the same Zanoid are the cause to an economic downward ask any primary pupil what snacks they are eating Lays where as we know that Spuds were cheap.., tasty..,homemade and healthier

  9. comrades soldier on .The flowing honey will be there .Companies will employ you as we promised.It’s only twelve month we shall reward you for what you did.Tirikuziziva kuti mayouth muri kuda basa .

  10. Hows does a party with less than 1/3 seats and 0 ministers effect govt policy.
    If it were so we would have had the 2000-2008 meltdown.

  11. Why is everyone saying between now and December? What will happen after December? Are we expecting things to drastically improve after December?

  12. Hows does a party with less than 1/3 seats and 0 ministers effect govt policy.
    If it were so we would not have had the 2000-2008 meltdown.

    This’s ZPF’s job dont spread the blame.

    Kudos for Denmark who gave 20m now we only need 26.080billion of none-Zim assets to start our recovery and deliver the 2million jobs.

  13. Let’s be obsessed with the ruling party. Creative juices running dry, eh, Mr Matenga? Writers’ block? Serious bout of writers’ block.

  14. l am really surprised that zanu pf is already making preparations and campaigns for 2018 elections while their manifesto ,zimasset has brougt nothing to da people . Do they expect to win ?

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