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Let’s fix political issues also: Mangudya

By Daniel Chigundu

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya has called on politicians in the country to put the same amount of effort being put on the economy when dealing with political and social issues.

Zimbabwe is currently at a political standstill owing to disputed 2018 general elections which saw President Emmerson Mnangagwa being elected to power ahead of Nelson Chamisa.

However, Chamisa alleges that he is the actual winner of the elections and that Mnangagwa rigged his way to victory and this dispute according to political commentators has weighed down the country’s revival efforts.

Attempts to solve the feud through dialogue have not achieved much as the two political rivals have set conditions which none of them is willing to take.

Asked in Parliament when he was giving oral evidence on whether some of the lack of confidence in the economy is due to politics, Mangudya said from the country faces challenges from three fronts economic, social and political which must all be addressed.

“We are spending more time on the economic side alone and not on the social and political sides, but that’s not our area and when I hear the President speaking about the political dialogue we always believe he is trying to deal with the political equation within this social, economic, political factors affecting this economy.

“So yes those are the three factors (economic, social and political) to me that affect the confidence and therefore they need to be dealt with head-on,” he said.

According to the government, social and political issues need to be dealt with also and that he is happy that there is some political dialogue taking place.

“We are dealing with the deficit on the economic side, on fiscal deficit and not on these twin issues we have to make sure the political and social factors are also dealt with that’s why we are happy that the dialogue is continuous because from where we sit I see these three factors,” he said.

President Mnangagwa is currently having a dialogue with the part of the 23 political parties that contested the 2018 Presidential election but the dialogue has been dealt a major blow as some key parties have distanced themselves.

Seasoned politician Joice Mujuru, Nelson Chamisa, Daniel Shumba, Nkosana Moyo, Joseph Makamba Busha and Noah Manyika among others have all boycotted the talks demanding a neutral mediator.

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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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