Fist Raising, A Risk In Zim – Tsvangirai

The “raised fist” is the Zanu (PF) party slogan and raising it could be misconstrued as supporring the political party in Zimbabwe.

Tsvangirai told more than 100 invited guests at the launch of the Book – “Beyond The Enclave Towards a Pro-Poor and Inclusive Development Strategy for Zimbabwe”, in Harare that he sometimes finds it difficult to proceed by raising his hand or waving at crowds.

The wave is the “official” sign of the MDC-T led by Tsvangirai.

“I do not know whether I should wave at you or raise my fist,” he said speaking in Shona. “It is very difficult nowadays.”

The VIPs laughed while the PM addressed them before being given the first copy of the Book written under the supervision of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). Before becoming MDC-T President Tsvangirai was ZCTU Secretary General.

“Beyond the Enclaves'” argues for a new approach development in Zimbabwe based on pro-poor and socially inclusive strategies that will contribute to the well-being of all of its citizens and wise stewardship over all of its resources.

The Book offers suggestions on policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in multiple sectors all designed to promote inclusive growth and humane development.

The Book sets out to unravel the contribution of the rich and diverse resources endowments co-existing with endemic poverty, misery amid plenty.

“Part of the explanation lies in the nature of the economy inherited at independence,” said an analyst from the ZCTU.

“The colonial economy was predicated on an ideology of white supremacy, creating an enclave formal economy employing only a fifth of the labour force, while four fifths of the labour force eked a living in the non-formal segment of the economy. Yet more than three decades after Independence, the dominance of the non-formal segment has been further entrenched.”

Tsvangirai also said Zimbabwe faced a policy paralysis because of the Government of National Unity (GNU).The book was organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade unions (ZCTU) who hosted the event at the Celebration Church in Borrowdale, Harare.

Tsvangirai said while it was good to have a GNU not all members always felt the same way and differed occasionally due to opinion differences.

The GNU comprises President Robert Mugabe of the former ruling party, Zanu PF, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai President of the MDC-T, and Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara from the MDC where he was ousted as party President by Professor Welshman Ncube, in a “bloodless coup”.

“There is a policy paralysis in the country,” Tsvangirai told more than 100 VIPs gathered to witness the book launch.
“We must continuously engage in discussion to pave the way forward for the country.”

He said there was 95 percent poverty in Zimbabwe right now and there definitely needed new brains to move the struggling nation forward.

“Policy paralysis is the nature of a coalition,” a relaxed Tsvangirai said.

“We are different and sometimes do not agree to some of things that we discuss. The challenge is to get the economy back to where it was during the 1980s.”

He said the book was an “emotional reflection of the period that we have travelled as the ZCTU”. We were thinking beyond our times as the ZCTU,” he said.

“When I was at the ZCTU Government always thought we wanted confrontation but we did not. There must be a coalition between workers, employers, and the government for things to work out.”

“The future for Zimbabwe cannot be travelled unless we are united and tripartite consultations held regularly”.