PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF must be made to pay for the sensational 2013 election promises which have turned out to be a monumental dupe, an opposition political party urged voters Wednesday.
“Zanu PF made a sensational promise that they would create 2,2 million jobs if they get a five-year term translating to 440,000 jobs a year,” the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said in a statement.
“On average Zanu PF must have created 1,760,000 jobs as of now. Instead hundreds of thousands of workers lost their jobs with more than 6,000 companies closing between 2013 and 2015.”
The party added: “Four years down the line the People’s Democratic Party is observing that Zanu PF continues to parcel out mining licenses with no plan at all to process minerals locally.
“The biggest beneficiaries of the minerals remain foreigners more than 60,000 polishing jobs were created in India solely from the Marange diamonds.”
Zimbabwe holds fresh elections next year, with President Robert Mugabe, now aged 93, seeking to add another five to the 37 years he has been in charge of the country.
The veteran leader has ruled out retirement but critics say, apart from having ruined what was once one of Africa’s most promising economies, the Zanu PF leader is no longer fit for the job due to old age and claimed poor health.
PDP said apart from failing to create the promised new jobs, government also failed to deliver on ambitious housing programme touted head of the 2013 vote.
“Zanu PF also promised to build houses to deal with the housing backlog pretending to be a saviour for the masses who do not have houses. It is now clear that they just wanted to work on the desperation of home seekers.
“After four years Zanu PF have exposed many people to politically connected land barons who swindle them of their hard earned cash in an economy where money is hardly circulating.
“Some, who were allocated stands, had their houses demolished by the order of the same Zanu PF government whose structures were at the centre of distribution.”
PDP spokesman Jacob Mafume said Zimbabwe “needs a credible government that can lead a process of constructing ourselves out of the crisis”.
“We emphasise on a rural housing scheme, in our rural development plan aimed at uplifting of the Zimbabwean woman who spends much of their lives looking for water and firewood,” he said.