“GOVERNMENT sidelines trust, takes charge of water project” (Independent, March 26) quoted Infrastructure Development minister Joyce Mujuru saying government would inject $2,5 billion seed money as a matter of urgency into the Matabelelan
d Zambezi Water Project.
Analysts quickly dismissed the move as a political gimmick ahead of the 2005 parliamentary election.
Such a typical example of simplistic Zanu PF thinking: promises, promises before an election, a few thousand or million dollars cast upon the waters to try to attract votes; then – nothing.
It happens every time. The same with food – other people’s food usually. Hijack it, give it to the starving povo before the event, then – forget it. No more.
But see: “Government mortgages tobacco over debt” (in the same issue) – that man with the “incredibly high IQ”, Agriculture minister Joseph Made, “sources said” has forward-sold 35 million kgs of tobacco to use as part payment of government’s mounting debt (US$273 million) to the IMF, no doubt so that the IMF and world Bank will shed tears of joy and welcome Zimbabwe back as the prodigal son – and of course lend the money straight back to us.
Nice try, but I wonder how the IMF will view this naive, facile thinking.
Will they be amused, disgusted or angry that Zanu PF should try such kids’ stuff on them? Or diplomatically smile a quiet inward smile and just add it to the list of experiences they’ve had with Zimbabwe?
I just don’t see them falling for this tired ploy. Return to democracy, rule of law, humanitarianism, the whole list (oh yes, and pay back some of that US$273 million), then we’ll consider accepting you back is what the IMF should say.
Until then don’t expect any change in our non-relationship with you.