PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s first two months in office have been characterised by the message that Zimbabwe is open for business and ready to discard its disastrous investor-hostile tag.
The message is rekindling economic fortunes that can drastically transform the country from being a pariah state into an economically vibrant one. His cunningness, if backed by pragmatism, can realign the current toxic economic environment, burdened by a debilitating liquidity crunch, dwindling investment inflows, company closures and massive job losses, among a plethora of constraints.
However, talk is cheap as the adage goes. There is an urgent need to complement rhetoric with action, especially when it comes to reforms. A number of reforms are still to be carried out to match the positive noises coming out from Munhumutapa Building.
Just this week, at a meeting with Alpha Media Holdings board members and senior management, Mnangagwa said his government was prepared to work with opposition political parties, independent media, people in the diaspora and investors outside the country, to build a nation that prides itself in peace and unity.