SW Radio Africa (London)

11 June 2014

Zimbabwe: Mujuru Slammed for 40 Year Zimasset Plan

Vice President Joice Mujuru has found herself facing a barrage of criticism, after stating that ZANU PF's economic recovery plan will take 40 years to implement.

Originally touted as five year fix for Zimbabwe's ailing economy, the ZimAsset economic blueprint was a major part of ZANU PF's pre-election campaign, with promises of job creation and economic growth.

But with no signs yet of improvement and with the economy continuing to spiral downwards, ZANU PF appears to have changed its recovery projections.

Mujuru told the state run ZBC on Monday that in reality, the process could take a "lifetime."

"Five years is too soon to achieve the objectives of ZimAsset. It is the beginning of a lifetime and can take up to 30 or even 40 years," Mujuru said.

But this 40 year schedule has now been slammed as an "insult" to Zimbabweans, who are bearing the brunt of the economic decline.

Political commentator Clifford Mashiri told SW Radio Africa that Mujuru's comment's expose that the ZimAsset promises were a 'pipe dream'.

"It shows ignorance of the application of economic policy and ineptitude by ZANU PF. It is an excuse for failure and arrogance that there's nothing people can do about it," Mashiri said.

He added: "It also shows that ZimAsset was only about elections and not about implementation."

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