By Daniel Chigundu
LABOUR and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Tapiwa Matangaidze told Parliament that Zanu PF has already created the promised 2 million jobs.
Zanu PF in its 2013 election manifesto, promised to create about 2.2 million to help reduce the country’s unemployment rate which is said to be around 89 percent.
Lack of employment opportunities has affected the youths mostly as they constitute about 67 percent of the Zimbabwe population and most of them have ended up taking vending to earn a living.
Speaking in Parliament recently, Deputy Minister Matangaidze said job creation was not exclusive to formal jobs only but also contract jobs.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, when people are talking about job creation, it is very critical that we look at it holistically. When we are talking about job creation, it does not necessarily have to be formal sector. The informal sector is a very valid part of job creation Jobs invariably will be on a permanent basis and jobs invariably will be on a contract basis.
“So, for somebody then to limit that a job can only be a job because it is on a permanent basis, it is really myopic. Currently, you will find that government programs that were put in place; something that clearly comes to mind right now is the Command Agriculture which was a huge success by any measure. Downstream jobs have been created as a result of that.
“We are looking at an excess of two million tonnes of grain that has been produced. That alone has a ripple effect on job creation. The issue about jobs is that some jobs by its very nature are contract jobs. If you look at the production of tobacco, by its very nature it is contract. Some jobs will be permanent jobs; so the country – yes, has indeed created in excess of two million jobs as things stand,” he said
Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa told Parliament a few months ago that it was not the duty of government to create jobs for the people.
Chinamasa said government only creates a conducive environment for job creation and people create their own jobs.–
By Daniel Chigundu