Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC Alliance Vice President Tendai Biti accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of failing to manage the country’s economy, forcing ordinary average citizens to miss the leadership of late former president Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa came into power in November 2017 through a military coup that ousted the late founding father Mugabe.
Speaking at a Live Chat with Josey recently, Biti was worried that the military coup betrayed Zimbabweans adding that three years down the line Mnangagwa’s regime managed to worsen the socio-political and economic situation in the country.
“I’m extremely unhappy with what is happening in Zimbabwe. When the coup took place, November 2017, we genuinely thought that there was going to be a fresh start and we were going to address the mysteries, the omissions, the commissions of the last 37 years. But the reason why I’m unhappy is that we are actually worse off. If you speak to the ordinary average person in the street, they will tell you that they miss President Robert Mugabe.
“These men and women, Mr. Mnangagwa, are terrible, a complete disaster. They mismanaged this economy. I have been in government and it’s so easy to run this economy, it’s so easy to depoliticize this economy, to free this economy of the political capture that it is subjected to,” the former Finance minister said.
Biti said Mnangagwa’s under-fire administration lost US$6,5 billion between 2017 and 2018 through corruption associated with the controversial Command Agriculture.
“When I watch the corruption that is taking place, in one year, US$3,5 billion was lost and stolen through Command Agriculture in 2017.
“In 2018, another US$3 billion was lost to Command Agriculture. Right now, we are talking of the Coronavirus, the Ministry of Finance has not given a single cent to the virus. Our people are breaking the lockdown regulations because they are hungry.
“I don’t think that we have never been run by a group of men and women that are so clueless, talentless, predatory, corrupt and selfish. That is what makes me so angry,” Biti said.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently said Zimbabwe was facing an “economic and humanitarian crisis” amid a lethal cocktail of macroeconomic instability, climate shocks, and policy missteps.
The country is also facing its worst hunger crisis in a decade compounded by a Covid-19 pandemic.
When Mnangagwa grabbed power from Mugabe, he promised economic recovery based on re-engagement with the international community through respect for human rights and fighting corruption.
Observers have since argued that his regime has orchestrated more human rights violations in three years than Mugabe’s 37 years of leadership.