MDC-T warns of tough times ahead

ZANU PF has failed to manage the economy and the masses should start stocking up as “trouble” lies ahead, MDC-T shadow minister for labour, Paurina Mpariwa has said.

Phyllis Mbanje

Mpariwa told journalists that the ruling party had failed to turn around the economy which was now in the doldrums. She said Zimbabweans should brace for tough times ahead.

“The general public should be very worried and should start stocking up because there is big trouble ahead and we need to be prepared for the worst,” said the MDC-T official.

Flanked by the MDC-T national organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa and party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, the shadow minister said the government had let down civil servants.

She berated threats made by the minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Nicholas Goche who recently warned civil servants against conducting an illegal strike.

“The MDC-T notes with serious concern the unwarranted threats made by Goche against civil servants who intend to engage in an industrial action over their pay and welfare disputes,” she said.

Mpariwa said the constitution clearly specified that every employee had a right to participate in collective job action, including the right to strike, withdraw their labour and to take other similar collective action.

“Instead of making unconstitutional threats to the already suffering government workers, Goche should implement and honour his party’s promises made during the 2013 elections. Zanu PF should stop paying lip service to the clear rights of civil servants to receive increased and back dated salaries,” she said.

Chamisa said his party was totally against the recently presented 2014 budget and would not be party to it.

“We do not subscribe to such a budget which has nothing to offer to the general populace. During the inclusive government civil servants got their salaries on time and bonuses too,” he said.

The MDC-T also reiterated its calls for fresh elections to resolve to the current economic situation.

“Until fresh elections are held and a proper government in place things will remain as they area and investors will continue to shy away the country,” said Mwonzora.

Zanu PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo could not be reached for comment. But the party recently said it was wishful thinking to expect that fresh elections will be held after Zanu PF thoroughly beat the MDC-T in the July 31 elections.

7 Responses to MDC-T warns of tough times ahead

  1. Michael Gwafa January 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Party politicking and denigrating opposite political party organisations is not bad. But, inciting the populace to panic is not. In the GNU, teachers, on more than one occasion did not get their bonuses in November with others. It was given them in December. Former Finance Minister Biti always told Unions, including those who were considered MDC friends that government did not have money to pay them. Then, he would frequently proceed on two or three week external trips that were never shown to be of benefit to the country. He cried foul about foreign travel, singled out others for criticism, but never included his own name. Some of the rebuff of Unions became so bad that many senior MDCT officials were no longer on talking terms with them, raising the possibility that come elections 2013, Union members may have not voted with the party, on their own accord or even with a little encouragement from Union leaders.

  2. admire musingarabwi January 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Prophets of doom as usual!! Nxaaaa……..

  3. Comrade January 13, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Paurina Mpariwa should go and consult her shrink. Your analytical skills are very poor and below par. What did your minister do for Civil servants for the past 4 years, isnt it that your honourable Minister always said the treasury does not have money. ZANU PF is way better that you. at least they are discussing the issue. Almost all countries are having economic problems. Zimbabwe is not an exeption. Even your Master, US is in trouble. if you follow events in US you will appreciate. UK has not been spared either. so kana uchifunga kuti wachakupa mari kana wapinda muPower uri kuzvinyepera. proberbly wanopa imi zvimbwasungata asi for the general populace haikwani. PLEASE DONT CAUSE UNNECESSARY PANIC AMONG OUR POPULATION. GVT IS DOING THE BEST IT CAN FOR ITS PEOPLE. IMI MAKADYIWA PAMA ELECTIONS HAMUNA CHENYU. WE WILL FINISH THE REMNANTS IN 2018.

  4. Comrade January 13, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    NXAA…… Pauline wandigumbura nezvawakataura

  5. Gutter Poet January 13, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    @Comrade-Paurina Mpariwa was one of the worst ministers this land ever had..look at NSSA, private pension funds and state of labour in the country in general. She had four years in which she did nothing about these issues…But comparing the UK and Zimbabwe is madness. The UK economy is the only one that is performing above par in the EU and it is slated to overtake France in the next 5 years while eclipsing Germany in 2030. The US trade and employment numbers for 2013 show an economy which is on the again no comparison there. Zimbabwe will get it right only if it quarantines thieves not promote them to higher responsibilities and frankly ZANU has failed on this score and nothing new is going to come from this government except hot air and more hot air!

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  7. Tozvireva January 19, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    Inspite of the all the bravado that’s on display here the writing is on the wall. Only 100 days after the GNU anything that can go wrong is going wrong……ma1. Even the promise of jobs is going wrong…..

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