A change of men­tal­ity is long over­due in Zim

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Zim­bab­weans es­pe­cially those who use so­cial me­dia should change their men­tal­ity to­wards gov­ern­ment poli­cies and sup­port ef­forts for eco­nomic turn­around.

In­stead of show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the soon to be opened Pepsi bot­tling plants, the same peo­ple who were lament­ing the ab­sence of jobs are busy spew­ing vit­riol to­wards the pro­ject. This raises ques­tions on whether they are gen­uine in their con­cerns or they are trou­ble mak­ers who are hiding be­hind the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion to cre­ate con­fu­sion.

Truth is in­vestors are risk averse and they look up on the in­ter­net as part of their re­search for any prospec­tive des­ti­na­tion for their money .These half cooked and ill ad­vised ar­ti­cles some are craft­ing on Zim­babwe are a dis­ser­vice to the men and women who are work­ing flat out to try and at­tract For­eign Di­rect In­vest­ment. Our econ­omy will surely be stuck in the same place if we all be­come pseudo-ex­perts ev­ery time some­one tries to make an effort to in­ject any­thing into the coun­try.

These demon­stra­tions are not help­ing any­one ei­ther, peo­ple are be­ing taken for a ride by lead­ers of these so-called move­ments who would like to use the demon­stra­tions as en­try re­quire­ments to go study over­seas for free. Evan Mawarire should have been an awak­en­ing el­e­ment for the peo­ple; he used them to gain trac­tion with the help of overzeal­ous lo­cal and re­gional jour­nal­ists who pro­pel nonen­ti­ties to promi­nence. Now that he man­aged to gain the at­ten­tion of a gullible few he is on a “tour” across South Africa spread­ing lies about the state of af­fairs in the coun­try. The ‘man of cloth’ is sell­ing his coun­try for a few sheets of Rands.

It seems like some peo­ple vowed to op­pose the Gov­ern­ment in any­thing they try to do. It is con­fus­ing how the big­gest crit­ics of the Statu­tory In­stru­ment 64 of 2016 are also the loud­est ad­vo­cates for job op­por­tu­ni­ties. How does it work that some­one wants jobs to be cre­ated but does not want to sup­port ef­forts put in place to cre­ate them. Ba­sic eco­nomics high­lights that it is dif­fi­cult to main­tain a lo­calised Growth Do­mes­tic Prod­uct when the bal­ance of pay­ment is heav­ily in the neg­a­tive.

We have peo­ple who are go­ing out of their way to fight the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the very same things they are ask­ing for. Ques­tion is are they a con­fused bunch or ma­li­cious trou­ble­mak­ers? Ei­ther way the coun­try needs progress, and all these the­atrics peo­ple are show­ing are coun­ter­pro­duc­tive. Cde Mazarura.

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