Chief Ndiweni calls for interim govt of experts

 Chief Ndiweni calls for interim govt of experts
Published: 17 June 2019 (169 Views)
CHIEF Nhlanhla Ndiweni of Nthabazinduna has called for political dialogue that would produce an interim government of technocrats (IGT) to fix Zimbabwe's broken economy. Ndiweni said the current administration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has failed, submitting that what is now required to rescue the country's economy is a government of technocrats - IGT.

The controversial traditional leader said the IGT should be allowed to run for a year or two, during which period it would uproot corruption, completely free the media and remove politics from the public service. "It must (also) remove the armed services from local and central government departments. It must remove politics from the armed services," he said.

Ndiweni said political parties will not be completely left out of the process as they would also have a say in the composition of the IGT to include individuals with clout in the international community so that foreign partners can support its activities. "Hence international assistance would be there on tap from the word go.

These are fundamental changes which mean that we would have drastically reduced the power of the current administration. However, if the current administration does not want to go down this route, then the country as a whole will continue in this economic meltdown," he said.

"This is inescapable. We are not interested in why this administration has failed. All we are interested in is how this administration overcomes the challenges…In the private sector, if you do not perform you are shown the door – even if you had reasons as to why you failed."

Ndiweni also waded into the thorny issue of Mnangagwa's legitimacy.

Zanu-PF and government have been persistent that the people of Zimbabwe spoke through the July 30, 2018 polls that ushered in Mnangagwa's administration. As such, the poll outcome is legitimate.

The ruling party's fiercest rival, the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa rejects this narrative, insisting that the polls were rigged even though the country's largest opposition party lost its electoral challenge at the Constitutional Court. Ndiweni said Zanu-PF cannot afford to sweep this issue under the carpet, saying his proposed IGT is the only viable option.

"Overhanging all of this is the question of legitimacy. No matter where the administration runs to, this issue will not go away. However, an interim government of technocrats will instantly resolve this question because neither (Zanu-PF and MDC) would be in State House. I can see some of the current technocrats in the administration going red in the face with rage and quoting all manner of legal statutes.

"The truth is; I would ask them to close their files and recognise that this country is in an abnormal situation that requires solution from outside the box. To plod along as if everything is normal will not get us out of this fix.

"If the current administration, and more to the point, the politburo does not wish to relinquish its stranglehold on democracy, then the future is bleak  for the country and corruption would have won the day!" Commenting on the economy, Ndiweni said government should adopt the South African rand.

"If we wish to engage in production and trade then we need the rand and if we want to specialise in the service industries then we need the USD. The rand enables us to be competitive and the more it falls the better because that means that our production cost base per unit also falls.

"Let us also play the Chinese game where upon they like to devalue their currency to make themselves the cheapest producing nation," said the controversial chief. He added though that the rand option would require extensive discussions and negotiations, which by all accounts would be very difficult.  

"We would rather have our team of negotiators camped in Johannesburg or Pretoria for four or eight solid weeks thrashing this out. It can be done, only if our negotiators are given the free reign and are not controlled by political ideology from the politburo. In these negotiations nothing is sacred because the country is on the floor," he said.



- dailynews

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