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Govt admits failure

Roadwin Chirara in Kariba

THE Minister of Economic Development, Rugare Gumbo, has admitted that the government has failed to successfully implement effective policies.

Gumbo was speaking at the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) annual national congress held in Kariba. The minister said that a lot had to be done in terms of implementation for the full recovery of the economy.

Gumbo, who was a guest speaker, admitted this after being taken to task by delegates over the current economic crisis.

“We have the ideas of how the economy should operate but I agree we are bad implementers when it comes to putting things on the ground,” Gumbo said.

He said his ministry was currently trying to implement new strategies to do with the challenges facing the country. “Even the president in the cabinet meetings questioned why we fail to implement what we would have presented to him,” Gumbo said.

“We are painfully aware of our shortcomings when it comes to implementation. We are poor implementers,” he said.

Business leaders at the congress raised concern over the controls on goods and services by the government which they said was sinking their profits and threatening their viability.

During the question and answer session, the Minister of Industry and International Trade, Obert Mpofu, unsuccessfully tried to convince delegates of the advantages of the proposed Incomes and Prices Commission.

The commission, he said, would work towards regulating the pricing of goods and services.

“We are determined to control the pricing process of goods and services. You cannot blame us as we have called on industry to control its pricing system,” he said.

He blamed the business sector for expecting government to provide all the solutions to their problems.

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