© EDITOR — In the words of Nelson Mandela, “a statesman looks on the welfare of the future generation while a politician looks for the next election”.
The fact that Zimbabwe is being ruled by politicians and not statesmen has changed the country from the status of being the bread-basket of southern Africa into the bin of the poorest countries on the continent.
As economic stakeholders, we have been expecting an “ebola” alert siren, not from the health minister, but from the Finance and Economic Development minister as evidenced by the exhibition of the “ebola” signs and symptoms on the Zimbabwean economy.
The rate of business haemorrhaging from Zimbabwe is abnormal and unbelievable as reflected by the presence of vendors and sadza outlets in every street of the capital’s CBD.
Pavements had been reduced into footpaths, with tents pitched everywhere, a sign that the government has run short of strategies to solve the country’s chronic unemployment, to the extent of using the formula for calculating the area of a rectangle to find the area of a triangle.
Surely, the Zimbabwean economy, which is in the hands of politicians and not statesmen, will see no joy as the rising number of vendors are bulldozing their way through every free space of the city to accommodate temporary if not time-pushing strategies meant to block the people from seeing the need for employment.
We had been left with no reasonable manufacturers other than food outlets, which are haphazardly sprouting across the CBD, leading to the extinction of industries, which have been reduced into ghost structures through poor governance by politicians.
With the large number of graduates being coughed up by the country’s universities and colleges, the issue of economic resuscitation is not a joke and needs to be treated as a matter of urgency since graduates are now being reduced into vendors, if not beggars, across the country, a scenario that was rare in the 1990s.
With the informal sector acting as the cash cow of the country’s fiscus, the Zimbabwean education system is being squeezed into a tasteless academic pulp that is irrelevant on the economic landscape.
If the country was run by statesmen and not politicians, we would have seen tangible and positive changes in the economy such as the opening up of industries, a booming agricultural sector buttressing the country’s financial sector not the negligible and almost useless colonisation of our once prosperous economy by the present “bhero” and “sadza” economy.
This management of the country is of little, if not non-existent benefit to the current woes in the country, chief among them unemployment, industrial closure, financial scarcity as well as poor investment and infrastructure.
It is mind-boggling to discover that the ruling elites are doing nothing to address the problem so as to cater for the next generation but are preparing for the next election.
The primary objective of the politicians, who have run away from being visionaries to being mercenaries, is to fill their bellies at the expense of the majority who have the constitutional right to enjoy a share of the national cake.