‘Economy Needs Citizens’ Confidence, We Have It’, Chamisa Tells Mnangagwa


Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has told President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s under-fire administration that the country’s economy is struggling because citizens do not have confidence in their leadership.

Chamisa was speaking at the burial of party official, Annah Muyambo who died last week after failing to recover from a stroke developed soon after being recalled by the Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T party.

He said that Zimbabwe is struggling economically because citizens do not have confidence in the Zanu PF administration.

“Economy responds to the confidence of the people in this economy. We have the confidence because people can see our track record. We will never betray the people. We are not into politics for money. We are not into politics for position, Parliament seats but to change the lives of the people of Zimbabwe.

“Those who want to go, who want money and positions can always go. We are concerned with the welfare of the people. They wanted to make me leader of the opposition in Parliament. They said ‘we will give you a motorcade and bodyguards’ but I told them that is ‘meaningless’.

“Life is more than wealth. Life is more than money. Life is about a legacy. Life is about the service you give to the people you live with and lead. If we are going to lose everything, we are not prepared to lose the people. With people on our side, we will ultimately go where we are supposed to go,” Chamisa said.

Zimbabwe is in the midst of a hunger crisis compounded by economic collapse and an ongoing drought that have left millions of Zimbabweans in a situation the United Nations recently described as “tragic.”

Failure of the Zanu PF regime to quick start the economy is partly blamed on corruption and mismanagement by top government officials.

Recently, Mnangagwa was implicated in massive allegations of corruption involving his family. USD 60 million tender was awarded to a shadowy company called Drax International without following procurement procedures.

The fallout saw the arrest and dismissal of former Health Minister Obadiah Moyo.

Recently, the World Food Programme, said, “With climate change, hyperinflation and COVID19 wreaking havoc, 8.6 million in Zimbabwe is set to be hungry by the end of the year. The risk of catastrophe is very real.”

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