ED walks the eco­nomic talk

The Manica Post - - Comment & Feedback - Ru­faro Gi­jima.

ED­I­TOR. — A good leader is one who knows the way, shows the way and goes all the way.

Judg­ing from Zim­babwe’s eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in the past four months, it is safe to con­clude that un­der Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa’s stew­ard­ship, Zim­babwe is fast be­com­ing an eco­nomic pow­er­house.

While Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa has been crit­i­cised for fail­ing to cam­paign by cer­tain ‘sym­pa­this­ers,’ what bet­ter way of cam­paign­ing sur­passes walk­ing the talk, es­pe­cially when other con­tenders talk about unattain­able promises only.

As the coun­try gears for elec­tions in July, it is only nor­mal for com­peti­tors to pick on each other, in their quest to ap­pease the elec­torate, hence the need for vot­ers to eval­u­ate on the best can­di­date.

While more than 100 con­tenders are in the race, the salient can­di­dates re­main Zanu PF’s Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa and MD Al­liance’s Mr Nel­son Chamisa.

Un­like Mr Mu­gabe who gained no­to­ri­ety for his in­fa­mous rant on pro­vid­ing 2, 2 mil­lion jobs, and Mr Chamisa who has since promised bul­let trains, and turn­ing Vic­to­ria Falls into Las Ve­gas, Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa is more fo­cused on tan­gi­ble re­sults es­pe­cially to­ward eco­nomic re­vival.

While I don’t wish to dis­credit or ques­tion Mr Chamisa’s cred­i­bil­ity to re­vive the econ­omy, the ques­tion is, what is it that he has done for the econ­omy apart from hold­ing ral­lies and promis­ing the elec­torates pies in the sky?

In as much as it is com­mend­able for Mr Chamisa to hop on ev­ery prov­ince, an­nounc­ing his ex­is­tence and le­git­i­macy as MDC-T’s pres­i­dent, clearly he still needs to do a lot to con­vince vot­ers that he is re­sults ori­ented.

Ac­tu­ally elec­tions are the last thing that the coun­try needs right now; for now, all the fo­cus should be on re­build­ing the econ­omy and ad­vanc­ing eco­nomic pros­per­ity.

As Zim­babwe con­tin­ues to ex­pand its net­work of top level busi­ness con­tacts and new fi­nan­cial part­ners, the Pres­i­dent is cur­rently in Côte d’Ivoire at­tend­ing the Africa CEO’s Fo­rum, thus walk­ing the talk.

Merely trac­ing last week’s events, the coun­try re­cov­ered USD $591, 1 mil­lion from ex­ter­nal­ized funds, the $40 mil­lion Wil­low­ton oil re­fin­ery and soap man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Mutare, and the Pres­i­dent com­mis­sioned a US $500 000 Nes­tle Zim­babwe’s Cremora fill­ing and pack­ag­ing plant, and went on to sign the African Free Trade Area at the Ki­gali Con­ven­tion, Rwanda.

What more should one ask for? Zim­babwe has em­barked on a much stronger eco­nomic growth path fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa’s as­cen­dency to power and the change of ad­min­is­tra­tion in the coun­try has gen­er­ally given for­eign­ers op­ti­mism of strength­en­ing and re-es­tab­lish­ing of bi­lat­eral in­vest­ment agree­ments with Zim­babwe, mak­ing it an in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion of choice.

Most eco­nomic an­a­lysts also con­cur that eco­nomic prow­ess in the coun­try is be­ing driven by the en­vis­aged sta­ble po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment fol­low­ing the change in po­lit­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion, im­proved busi­ness con­fi­dence and an­tic­i­pated turn­around from key sec­tors of the eco­nomic sec­tors, but mainly its po­lit­i­cal will from the lead­ers.

So be­fore cast­ing the bal­lot box, there is need to re­mem­ber that eco­nomic re­vival lie in the hands of the leader, and for now Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa has what it takes and what the coun­try and econ­omy needs.

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