Harare -- CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Spokesperson, Mfundo Mlilo has dismissed the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation (ZimAsset) economic blueprint by the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu Pf) government as a mere slogan stating that corruption and lack of funds hamper its success.
Mlilo was speaking at an interface forum organized by Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition where he engaged the media at Quill Club at the Ambassador Hotel in Harare on July 16, 2014.
“Regarding the economy, I cannot lecture you on something that you already know.
“Our position is that ZimAsset is a slogan,” he said.
The spokesperson further said the ZimAsset policy would fail as government would not be able to infuse any life into it as it had no money and corruption had become the order of the day in Zimbabwe.
“ZimAsset requires a US$ 27 billion funding,” he said.
“We know that the cancer of corruption has permeated every facet of life in Zimbabwe.
“How will government give life to ZimAsset when there is virtually no money because without money government cannot do anything?”
Mlilo also expressed regret over the rising level of unemployment in the country.
“It is worrying. ZCTU [Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions] pointed out that there are over ten companies that are closing per week.
“It means that thousands of employees are being chased out of work and that’s more unemployment,” he said.
The spokesperson also warned that as Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, they were going to take up their demands with the government and SADC to prove that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.
“We are raising a red flag not only to the government of Zimbabwe but also to SADC to say there is indeed an emerging crisis in this country,” he said.
Mlilo further contended that apart from an economic crisis, Zimbabwe was also experiencing a crippling service delivery manifested for example, by water shortage woes which government had since failed to address.
“In Mabvuku today there are about 4000 cases of diarrhea and the city of Harare does not have any mechanism to combat that outbreak.
“Water shortages remain a huge problem and that on it’s on is a crisis that government is failing to address,” Mlilo said.