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Parly committee doubts NEDPP’s efficacy

Clemence Manyukwe

MEMBERS of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Budget and Finance doubt the success of the recently unveiled National Economic Development Priority Programme (NEDPP), touted as a panacea for Zimbabwe’s current economic problems.
BR>The committee’s scepticism forced Economic Development minister Rugare Gumbo to admit: “We are not saying we will achieve everything but we will achieve something. 

These are emergency measures. We are a people under siege.”

Even Zanu PF legislators, who normally do not question government policies, expressed serious misgivings about the programme.

Committee member and ruling party Masvingo South MP, Walter Mzembi, said it seemed that the “authors “ of the current economic blueprint were involved in drafting previous ones, which called into question the success of the latest offer.

“It appears that the authors are still the same who drafted previous documents.

It appears you do not have a drastic change, it is the same characters, the same people auditing themselves and their failures,” Mzembi said.

Mzembi said the “characters” were the same people who advised monetary authorities and abandoned the Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono at critical times.

He said the economy was operating at an “informal level” but people in the sector were not involved in formulating the blueprint.

Meanwhile president of the Chiefs Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira, criticised Operation Maguta saying government was failing to address “institutional politics” which were destroying agriculture.

“Why do you have Operation Maguta? It is not a model for this country.

The reason is that there are weaknesses at GMB.

People are not happy about Zinwa, Arda. We are not addressing institutional politics in the country,” Charumbira said, expressing disquiet over ill-conceived programmes.

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