THE truth is finally dawning on Zanu PF hawks that the promised 2,2 million jobs under the discredited Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) document will not come to fruition hence the recent move to forcibly remove vendors from the streets.
While the five-year economic blueprint, which is in tandem with Zanu PF’s 2013 election manifesto, says government intends to create over two million jobs by 2018 not a single job has been created by the former liberation war movement.
On the contrary, policies propagated by the ruling party have seen massive job cuts, company closures and investor flight resulting in the majority of citizens turning to vending as a way of earning a decent living.
Despite blatant lies by government that unemployment rate in Zimbabwe currently stands at a modest 11,3 percent, the hard truth is that there are far less people in formal employment than there were 10 years ago. There is less industrial activity than there was 40 years ago, during the colonial period.
With over six million vendors plying their trade in Zimbabwe’s main cities and towns, Zanu PF is now on the edge and fears an uprising as a result of its failure to provide the much-needed jobs in a quickly declining economic environment.
However, using the military to forcibly remove vendors from the central business districts without addressing the root problem of a dying economy will not solve anything.
The latest move is likely to anger vendors and other unemployed citizens who have turned to vending as a source of livelihood.
It is a sad truth that the majority of Zimbabweans rely on vending as the only source of income from which they manage to earn money for food, rentals and school fees for their families, and pushing them out of the streets is tantamount to drowning them.
Instead of focusing on creating an enabling economic environment that allows foreign investors to come and inject capital into the economy and thereby creating jobs, the Zanu PF-led government is busy plotting to remove vendors.
This not only shows that Zimbabwe is devoid of sound leadership, but also that the economy is being run by clueless leaders who only think of themselves by plundering the country’s resources at the expense of the nation.
The government must channel its energies in resuscitating the economy thus creating more job opportunities for the jobless and not abdicate its constitutional responsibility to create employment, revive industry, and attract investor confidence and liquidity boom.
It is unacceptable for the powers that be to punish vendors for the failures which squarely rest on the government. Isn’t it ironic that the government seeks to rely on outdated colonial laws to remove its own people from their sources of livelihood?