10 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF in Myopic Blame Game

press release

The Zanu PF pundits are blaming MDC and Biti for doing badly in terms of agriculture, but the table below shows that agriculture has contributed more to GDP under the MDC Minister compared to the period when Zanu Pf was in charge.

The Zanu Pf sanction mantra has become the party's major excuse for their non performance and the dinosaur party has perpetually sung the song in a bid to cover up for their inadequacies and corrupt activities in the diamond fields of Chiadzwa.

As is clearly illustrated in the graph above the 2000 to 2008 period when Zanu PF was solely in charge in government there was an unprecedented economic down turn of about -25. Even when Zanu PF still claims there are sanctions, there is evident growth from 2009 to 2010 which is the inclusive government tenure in which the key economic ministries are under the MDC Ministers.

The second graph shows that the financing method for cotton production seems to have remained the same and therefore production and contribution to GDP has also remained more or less the same. The funding remains from international sources and yet the archaic party still mourn and groan about sanctions whilst at the same time refusing to disclose or declare proceeds from the Diamond fields of Chiadzwa.

Instead the Zanu Pf party would want the nation to believe that there is very little coming from the diamond industry in an attempt to shoot down Minister Biti's projection from this sector.

In his recent 2013 budget presentation minister Biti projected $600 million to be remitted to treasury from the diamond sales but in an apparent move to scuttle the Hon minister's well intended projections the Zanu PF activist and Zimbabwe mining Development Corporation Chairperson Godwill Masimirembwa poured water on the $600 million projection and revised the figure downward to a paltry US$ 150 million.

This certainly is a deliberate attempt by Zanu Pf to create a crisis for Minister Biti. We call for Zanu PF to come up clean on the issue of the Chiadzwa diamond proceeds. There is a cover up on the activities in Chiadzwa with sole purpose to continue siphoning proceeds for personal aggrandisement through the corrupt magnet Obert Mpofu and at the same time sponsoring Zanu PF's parallel government structures.

We call on Zimra to carry out an audit of the mining, processing and sale of diamonds from Chiadzwa and establish transparent mechanisms of operation for the benefit of the nation.

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