Zimbabwe is economically sound and in perfect condition and those calling for change of government are misguided, a Zanu PF official has said.
BY Nqobile Bhebhe
Christopher Dube, a Bulawayo province senior Zanu PF official on Saturday said there was no need for any change of government in Zimbabwe as the country was in a “perfect condition” courtesy of the Zanu PF government.
Dube was addressing mourners at the burial of an MDC official, Simon Moyo in Tsholotsho.
“They (MDC) claim they want to fix the country, but unfortunately, there is currently nothing to fix,” Dube said.
“The country is in a perfect condition. We are not here (at the burial to politic), but that is the truth.”
However, MDC national organising secretary Rita Ndlovu told mourners that the country urgently needed change in governance as it had deteriorated to new lows under the Zanu PF government.
She singled out Tsholotsho which she said was in a state of near decay and not easily accessible due to impassable roads.
“As MDC, we strongly feel there is need for change of governance. It took us close to three hours to reach this place as the roads are in bad shape,” Ndlovu said.
She said devolution was the only way Matabeleland could benefit from its own resources and realise proper development.
“We believe that devolution is the way to go as the resources that are exploited here in Tsholotsho would be used to benefit locals and not elsewhere.
“Same applies to abundant timber in Lupane. But currently that is not the case,” she said.
Devolution is provided for in the Constitution that was adopted in March 2013, but the Zanu PF government has been accused by opposition parties of refusing to implement it.
Zanu PF is on record saying it preferred Zimbabwe remaining a republican as devolution could cause secession.
On Friday, acting President Phelekezela Mphoko said Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) was collecting close to $2 million daily at Beitbridge Border Post but the funds were used to develop other areas.
“In Matabeleland North, there’s drought and people are suffering, while Matabeleland South has since become Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s cash cow. Zimra collects about $2 million per day through Beitbridge border post, but there’s little to show for
the revenue generated,” Mphoko said.