Command economics is insane …and is anchored on wrong foundation: Mafume

By Daniel Chigundu
PEOPLE’S Democratic Party (PDP) national spokesperson Jacob Mafume says command economics being preached by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is not only insane but also an old failed economic development model.
VP Mnangagwa who is currently on cloud nine following the seemingly success of his Command Agriculture model is reportedly working on the possibility of Command Economy as a new economic salvation.
However in a statement Mafume said command economics was implemented in Eastern Europe during the cold war era, but gravely failed.
“For anyone to try and preach the command gospel in the 21st century era is insanity of the highest order. The claim by Mnangagwa that the command system is the miracle the crisis needs only displays his obsolete thinking coupled with idiocy.
“The PDP is however aware of the fact that the world over shocking political pronouncements will always been made. Just like Mnangagwa, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party in the United Kingdom recently made a promise to re-nationalise the energy sector, the royal mail and the rail.
“We restate that Mnangagwa has never been and is not known for ideas; he is undisputedly known for violence and his excessive use of hardware in politics. His basis for command economics is anchored on a wrong foundation, a view that the bumper harvest in the country is a result of command agriculture.
“We argued before as we do now that the bumper harvest in Zimbabwe is a combination of a good rain season coupled with the hard work of the Zimbabwean farmer, many of whom are not beneficiaries of the highly politicised scheme,” Mafume said.
Tsholotsho North legislator Jonathan Moyo is also on record arguing that the success in agricultural season is not because of Command Agriculture but a result of many initiatives including the Presidential Input Scheme and good rains among many others.
According to the PDP spokesperson, the people who are in support of Mnangagwa command tactics are the same people who are pushing for his presidency, adding that his insatiable thirst for the crown is self-evident and that it’s a destructive compulsive attraction to power that will sadly have a tragic end.
The Tendai Biti led party said there are no short cuts that the state can take in addressing the economic decay, arguing that there is need to address the structural challenges arresting the economy as well as deal with basic economic fundamentals.
“As we stated before the solution to the Zimbabwean economic crisis includes the following.

  1. Attend to macroeconomic stability; in this regard we contend that fiscal discipline must be maintained and that the government must immediately resort to the principle of cash budgeting.
  2. Financial Sector Stability and Liquidity by scraping the bond note, paying back the stolen RTGS balances, promotion of plastic money and in the long term facilitating a regional monetary union.
  3. Industrialization through a shift from an extraction model to beneficiation, repealing the indigenisation law and investing in infrastructure which makes it easy to do business.
  4. Rationalization of the 2017 Budget,reduce the Budget to an achievable target of USD3 Billion which can fully be covered by domestic revenues and also develop external partnerships that can take care of social sector obligation in areas like BEAM, flood victims support and drug procurement.
  5. Retrenchment of Expenditure, rationalizing the wage bill by dealing with the issue of ghost works
  6. State Owned Enterprises at least 30 percent of GDP is being drained through state owned enterprises that have become a vehicle of patronage. The state enterprises are increasing domestic debt making reform of the institutions urgent.
  7. Restoration Of Land Value ,the revival of the agricultural sector is predicated upon the restoration of the land value through the issuance of land title i.e. title deeds to all the beneficiaries of the land reform program.
  8. Mining, Zimbabwe is endowed with world class reserves of commodities which however are regulated by imperial regulation that promotes primitive accumulation and self-aggrandizement. There is need to create a framework for value addition, transparent allocation of mining rights and spatial linkages in the sector.

International Re-Engagement, end isolation of the nation, dealing with the debt question and negotiate a martial plan aimed at reconstruction.-

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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