|The Zimbabwe we want!|
|Wednesday, 19 September 2012 21:29|
THE never-say-die attitude demonstrated by the architect and visionary of the US$100 billion economy by 2040, Mr Kenias Mafukidze, is what Zimbabwe needs at this moment. It is easier to believe in the negative and just go with the flow given the revised economic growth targets, threats by the International Monetary Fund that it will not loosen its purse anytime soon or the face-off between banks and depositors.
It may even pass for a natural progression for the nation to enter into a panic mode given reports that everything, except the rate of inflation, seems to be going the wrong way.
Reports by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries that more companies are closing hence thousands of people are losing their jobs, are issues that could condemn our economy to a state of mediocrity.
The environment is even fertile for desperate people to do desperate things (Remember the 2007/2008 era) that could even make the situation worse, but hell NO!
That is not the Zimbabwe we want. That is not what Zimbabweans are made of. This resilient lot has previously proved that it can withstand, survive and overcome the grimmest of situations.
So much has been said about the wheels coming off where the economy is concerned. So much negative sentiment has spread around to potentially usurp the nation of the zeal to prosper and the desire to see certain of its dreams coming alive.
Nine months into the year, the economy has largely been failing to achieve set targets while the growth momentum witnessed in the last three years has somewhat faded. But this should not dampen our fighting spirits and the greater resolve to achieve.
There is a future for Zimbabwe and this future is not only bright.
If three University of Zimbabwe graduates who came into my office on Monday and Tuesday this week could still afford a smile after being spurned by four potential employers in two days then there is hope for Zimbabwe!
Robert, Tinashe and Archieford left college in the hope that in no time they would find jobs but they have come face to face with the reality that these days this is not automatic. But the truth remains that this is only in the present tense.
The future tense promises an abundance of jobs and opportunities for successful entrepreneurship. This is the Zimbabwe we want. This kind of Zimbabwe is possible to achieve if we don’t fold our hands in awe but instead work at improving the situation.
Yesterday I had a chat with Old Mutual outgoing chief executive Mr Luke Ngwerume who, despite challenges in the economy, was upbeat that now was the time for Zimbabwe to take off in a sustainable manner.
Here is a man who is in the thick of things and sits in such a vantage position he could eloquently describe the negative state of affairs if he chose to, but he insists he will not expend one kilojoule of his energy on that.
“The economy is set for an incredible growth trajectory as long as policy is fixed and we are consistent in the way we deal with issues and we become more predictable. Even the sky is not the limit for this country.”
We need more people of Mr Ngwerume’s kind to take this economy to the next level. The Zimbabwe we want needs people who are not scared to take risks or to think outside the box. People who give of their time and resources selflessly.
In an interview with this paper at the weekend, Mr Mafukidze of the US$100 billion economy fame would not have said it any better.
“As a country we are going through seasons. We need people who will stand up to their beliefs. As long as we maintain consensus for the US$100 billion economy, it will be achievable,” he said.
This is the kind of spirit and determination that will bring about the Zimbabwe we want. Certainly come 2040 (some of us will still be around by the way) the economy will have achieved or even exceeded the US$100 billion target.
The good thing about this idea is that most of the stakeholders, including Government, are convinced that Mr Mafukidze’s dream will come to pass.
The Zimbabwe we want needs consistency in policy. This factor has been highlighted on numerous occasions and we hope the powers that be have taken note. But that the economy will achieve sustainable growth, there is no question.
Such interactions as the Victoria Falls retreat last month if followed by action, should be able to fend off challenges and take the economy forward. A meeting of minds is always critical to map the way forward but the devil is in the implementation.
Also, if stakeholders rid themselves of unnecessary malice, confrontation and the tug-of-war that the country has the misfortune of being exposed to sometimes and instead direct all that energy and time towards progressive issues, Zimbabwe will stop at nothing on its way to the top.
Fights for space, portfolios, attention and all sorts of gibberish will compromise our goals.
A major fact that should be realised sooner rather than later is the need to involve the men and women of God that this nation has been blessed with.
As a country we have tried one policy after another but why not benefit from the people that occupy the office of God for guidance?
Men of God in the mould of Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa hear from God and can advise the powers that be with strategies that will bring results.
Earlier this year Prophet Makandiwa prophesied that this economy has a great future which he said will be spearheaded by the mining sector and already we are beginning to see the signs of that.
He said many believed that agriculture was the key driver when in fact it is mining. Recent statistics show that minerals already form 70 percent of Zimbabwe’s export basket and there is much more to come from the sector. He has also said diamonds and other minerals will soon “erupt” to the benefit of this country. We have no reason to doubt the voice of God.
Such spiritual foresight is what the country needs for us to achieve the Zimbabwe we want.
Such bodies as the National Economic Consultative Forum and the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries could immensely benefit from the knowledge and wisdom resident in Prophet Makandiwa and others that hear from God.
Prophets do represent God’s office and it would be remiss of authorities to ignore the wise words from such prophets as Prophet Makandiwa.
It would, therefore be beneficial for the economy if these could be given the platform to guide the economy to the next levels as key advisors.
Prophet Makandiwa said more diamond deposits will soon be discovered and that more minerals will soon erupt. This effectively means the future is bright for this economy.
To me Prophet Makandiwa has become the greatest economic analyst of our time because he is not about what might be, nor does he speak about assumptions or trends. He says it like it is and it will surely come to pass.
I know he has been acknowledged in Government and other forums but why not let him form part of the “think tank” for this country?
Certainly our confidence in the economy is not misplaced or ill-timed but is borne out of prophecies about this lovely nation of ours.
If this country becomes more prayerful and gives respect to men of God, the economy and the country in general will surely go far.
“If you believe and I believe and we together pray! The Holy Spirit will come down and Zimbabwe shall be saved!”
In God I Trust!
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