By Daniel Chigundu
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa says the government must desist from blaming the private sector for the challenges being experienced in the economy when it is creating those challenges.
Various cabinet ministers have accused the private sector of working with the country’s enemies in a bid to try and incite people to revolt against the government through unjustified price increases.
Addressing delegates at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Program at Chibhero Agricultural College, Honourable Mliswa said the government must stop the blame game and instead address bread and butter issues.
“Government now says everyone is an economic saboteur, they say Tongaat is an economic saboteur, every business has become an economic saboteur and then I said to myself government must be serious we all know why we are in this situation
“You cannot constantly attack business, in the old dispensation, we could allow that to happen, in the new dispensation we shall not allow you to blame the private sector for the ills of the economy.
“They need to take a good look at themselves and address the real bread and butter issues, corruption must be dealt with,” he said.
Mliswa also added that the government cannot continue to blame sanctions when its house is not in order and they are not being honest with the productive sectors such as tobacco farmers.
“We cannot blame sanctions when we ourselves in our houses are in a mess let’s get our house in order then can we talk about others before that they (government) have work to do in the new dispensation.
“The new President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) is very clear, he is a democrat, he is a reformist but equally when you are talking to him about ministers who are corrupt we also need action, for example, tobacco farmers didn’t get what they were supposed to get 50% which is guaranteed to them did not come through.
“How does an economy grow the tobacco farmers will not grow tobacco next year because they never got the money that they were supposed to get so the question is who is the biggest economic saboteur in the country is it government or the private sector.
“Government must put its house in order,” he said.