By Kenneth Matimaire
Mutare, September 30, 2016 – A top Zanu PF official in Manicaland says his party will not be bullied into providing jobs it had promised unemployed citizens as it was not in the business of opening factories.
Zanu PF is under-fire for failing to deliver on its 2013 pre-election promises, top among them the creation of 2,2 million fresh jobs.
Jobless youths are among some Zimbabweans who have taken to street protests to demand the promised jobs.
However, Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial administrator Kenneth Saruchera took time to remind party critics Zanu PF was not a factory opening project.
He said as a ruling party, their job was to create conditions for businesses to thrive.
“Zanu PF does not go about opening factories or industries and say people, this is a company that we opened, these are the industries we have established, No!,” Saruchera told a recent meeting organised by the Mass Public Opinion Institute.
“Our mandate is to come up with policies that provides for a sound working environment that enables people to start their businesses. So it’s not the party’s fault if companies fail because we have already done our bit,” he added.
He further argued that Zanu PF has somehow delivered the promised jobs anyway.
This he said was seen through an informal sector, which he said now employed millions.
Saruchera said this was evidenced by the high number of vendors, small to medium business such as the construction sector which employs thousands of builders and carpenters.
“Let me remind you of a new economy unfolding, which is the informal sector and over $5 billion circulate in this sector. Millions of people are now self-employed or gainfully employed in this sector. This is as a result of sound policies put by the government of today. The Land Reform, the Indigenisation Policy, are some of the policies that have created employment for many.
“Look at the manner people are building houses; it’s everywhere and this means more employment opportunities for builders, carpenters. Look at vendors, some are pocketing as much as $1,000 (per month) and all these people are gainfully employed,” argued Saruchera.
Turning to graduates, Saruchera said they should desist from the dependency syndrome of seeking employment but rather utilise the policies in place to start their own businesses.
He urged them to apply for farms boasting that he managed to earn $90,000 from potato farming the past season.