HARARE – Zanu PF leaders have always been boasting of craft competency yet their 2013 election manifesto exposes startling revelations of incomprehensible confusion.
The following are just but a few observations from the so-called people’s manifesto.
The phrase “Taking Back the Economy” is more threatening than being attractive to the ordinary person in the street. The meaning of this statement is that when Zanu PF wins elections this year, it is going to unleash its supporters to loot resources, and invade companies.
By now, Zanu PF was supposed to be preaching the gospel of consolidating the gains of the indigenisation policies, yet their message remains futuristic meaning that they are yet to indigenise the economy.
In its own election manifesto, Zanu PF deliberately and mistakenly admits that its touted indigenisation policy is yet to realise intended fruits.
They said since independence, Zanu PF only managed to lay a foundation for socio-economic development. The following statement from the ‘‘people’s manifesto’’ attest to this; “Through our deliberate socio-economic policies and achievements since our heroic independence, we have laid a firm foundation for the attainment of this strategic goal.” This is a very dangerous attempt of playing with the minds and emotions of prospective voters.
If they needed 33 years to lay a foundation only, then how long does it take to reach the window level let alone the slab level?
Thus if people vote for Zanu PF, they are voting for endurance.
It is also clear from the Zanu PF 2013 election manifesto that the few if any benefits accrued from the vaunted success of indigenisation and economic policies have been enjoyed by the few.
In this regard, Zanu PF has the following to say; “in response to widespread concerns and expectations that ordinary people should be the primary beneficiaries of the policy of indigenisation and economic empowerment, the next Zanu PF government will put in place robust measures to ensure an even, more transparent, accountable, tangible and measurable implementation matrix in the national interests.”
On its own, this statement reviews a lot of issues and exposes deceitfulness of Zanu PF regarding the much touted economic empowerment policy.
To restore, the confidence of the people, Zanu PF therefore needs to provide answers to some of the following questions. If the gains have not been measurable, so how are they celebrating the success of the policy?
If the process of indigenisation and economic empowerment has not been transparent and its implementers not accountable to anyone, who was then benefitting from the policies? Again, for the past 33 years, empowerment policies were not meant to advance national interest.
Moreso, the national interest is still defined in Zanu PF terms and the party is still guided by the liberation rhetoric and open lies that it was Zanu PF alone that liberated this country.
This is very treacherous and scandalous, to force the people of this nation into thinking that it is Zanu PF that embodies the will and national interest of the people.
Therefore, it is not surprising to see Zanu PF stalwarts emphasising team Zanu PF rather than to think of Team Zimbabwe.
Even looking at the so-called Team Zanu PF, one can be baffled by the age group of the team. The number nine is turning 90 years in the next seven months, yet they claim to seek to respect the elderly in the next government.
What the elderly of Zimbabwe need is to be given time to rest when they reach retirement age which is pegged at 60 years, not to be given new tools and virgin pieces of land to till.
The Zanu PF manifesto is also full of incompatible statements and hogwash explanations. For instance, page seven of the manifesto states that, “Our achievements have been blighted since 1999 by the twin evils of regime change and the illegal economic sanctions.
And the last five years of the awkward GPA government have exerted the greatest toll on the people’s aspirations.”
This is in stark contrast with the information on the same subject matter on page 11 of the same document where Zanu PF states that; “Zanu PF’s empowerment policies have not been diminished by the daunting challenges that have come in the way over the last decade such as the illegal economic sanctions and the illegal regime-change machinations of the British government and its allies in the EU, US and the White Commonwealth.”
What Zanu PF needs to understand is that voters of the 21st century are now different from the 1980 voters for they can read and give a critical analysis to the meanings of each and every statement uttered by aspiring candidates.
Instead of promoting entrepreneurship, Zanu PF is bent on taking over what others have already established. While the taking over of farms can to some extent be justified, a wholesome takeover of everything that belongs to the whites is just but revolutionary nonsense.
The manufacturing industry is full of open businesses that started from zero. For instance, Zimbabwean chicken producers are only occupying 40 percent of the local market meaning that 60 percent of chickens are being imported.
So the question is why is it that people become so incensed with thriving foreign industries?
The government should promote the establishment of industries more easier and flexible than making looting more lucrative as compared to starting own company or enterprise.
On livestock production, in general, Zimbabweans are importing stock feeds from countries such as Zambia without explaining to the public what really had happened to the once vibrant economy.
It is foolhardy to believe that with the white elephants lying idle in Bulawayo’s industrial areas, Harare’s Msasa and Graniteside and all empty warehouses in Rusape and Mutare, a serious government threatens to take over the remaining foreign-owned companies.
Lastly, it is important to note that Zanu PF is good at playing with figures which will remain meaningless and of no value to the electorate.
It is not surprising at this juncture to read a manifesto from Zanu PF that is full of unrealistic figures as this is just a step from Chinamasa’s budget of paper figures that was presented in 2009. In the election manifesto, Zanu PF had set unrealistic targets.
For instance, it seeks to create 2 265 million jobs as well as claiming to have created one million jobs through land reform programme, yet the public know very well that the agricultural sector used to employ around 400 thousand workers.
These were left homeless due to the chaotic land reform and became victims of evictions in 2005 under the operation code-named Murambatsvina. Zanu PF also seeks to create?2 500 shell factories, flea and vendor market stands.
This shows they just want Zimbabweans to be vendors.
How can the economy of this country be run by vendors.
A simple message to Zanu PF is that vending is not an option, but people engage in those activities because they have nothing better to do. The people of Zimbabwe need real employment not vending.
Next time, I will continue to enlighten the people of Zimbabwe on what is being promised to them if any.
So far, the promises from Zanu PF are just but unrealistic words, flanked by flattery language.