Ambitious Moyo’s five-year turn­around trance

The Manica Post - - Opinion - Daphine Zulu Post Cor­re­spon­dent

PRES­I­DEN­TIAL as­pi­rant, Nkosana Moyo, like his fore run­ner Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai, seems to be drink­ing from the same delu­sional cup that goes straight to the head. Apart from their zeal to be Zim­babwe’s pres­i­dent, their fan­tasies seem to tally in a quest to res­cue Zim­bab­weans from their malev­o­lent mas­ter to eco­nomic bliss.

This mi­rage to de­ra­ci­nate Zim­bab­weans from its eco­nomic dol­drums in five years is col­lol­lary to Ts­van­gi­rai’s yester year pro­nounce­ment to bring forth a hun­dred bil­lion dol­lar within a quar­ter year of tak­ing power. To quote them ver­ba­tim, “Our eco­nomic vi­sion is the cre­ation of a $ 100 bil­lion econ­omy within the first 100 days on the back of in­vest­ment and re­newal and con­fi­dence that will re­sult in the re­view of the in­di­geni­sa­tion pol­icy,” if en­dorsed into of­fice, come 2018.

While yester year Zim­bab­weans could have been eas­ily fooled by such f lat­tery, Zim­bab­wean pol­i­tics takes more than just words to con­vince the sus­cep­ti­ble elec­torate.

Ill- ad­vised Ts­van­gi­rai got his own wakeup call af­ter hold­ing of­fice for at least five years as prime min­is­ter with his right hand man, Tendai Biti hold­ing the purse strings, yet the sanc­tions rid­den econ­omy did not yield; a les­son yet to be learnt by Moyo.

Moyo ought to real ise that he can­not sell the same dummy to the elec­torate, at least not with one term of of­fice that is if he even has the ca­pac­ity to de­liver any­thing at all.

The Al­liance for Peo­ple’s Agenda (APA) leader’s naivety is dis­pelling to on­look­ers, be­cause the very same Moyo lef t Zim­babwe’s pol it ical scene and went un­der­ground in 2000, be­cause he could not stand the heat in the kitchen now to only resur­face as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

This begs the ques­tion, what in­ner mo­ti­va­tion has led to this resur­gence?

The for­mer In­dus­try and In­ter­na­tional Trade min­is­ter is a mere failed cab­i­net min­is­ter who is now seek­ing rel­e­vance by bounc­ing back us­ing op­po­si­tion pol­i­tics and who seems to think that join­ing the fake prom­ises band­wagon pays off.

While most peo­ple re­mem­ber him as the fugi­tive min­is­ter who de­nied re­spon­si­bil­ity to over­see the in­dus­try min­istry, in­stead prov­ing him­self ‘ spine­less’ and a quit­ter by leav­ing Gov­ern­ment in 2001 hav­ing failed to con­trib­ute any­thing mean­ing­ful to­wards eco­nomic re­vival, he is the same char­la­tan promis­ing voter hot air within one term of of­fice.

To think that hav­ing been associated with a few in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, Moyo would be the first to un­der­stand the rea­sons why Zim­babwe finds it­self in this eco­nomic quag­mire, sur­pris­ingly he seems ea­ger to crit­i­cize all ef­forts made by those who stayed be­hind, to build the coun­try.

Moyo’s his­tory seems to sug­gest that he had ac­tu­ally for­saken this coun­try and wanted noth­ing to do with his fel­low coun­try­men un­til re­cently, driven by an un­known pas­sion, prob­a­bly af­ter ad­vice from fel­low ac­quain­tances from in­ter­na­tional fi­nance or­gan­i­sa­tions of an op­por­tu­nity to make more money hav­ing served as African De­vel­op­ment Bank’s vice pres­i­dent and se­nior ad­vi­sor for the In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion.

The na­tion must lis­ten care­fully to th­ese new kids on the block and not be car­ried away by their pipe dreams and egos they in­tend to sooth.

Zim­babwe needs its peo­ple to give their man­date to lead­ers who have the pas­sion to de­liver to the peo­ple, and not elo­quent char­la­tans driven by self­ish am­bi­tions.

Nkosana Moyo

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