“Corruption is one of the major stumbling blocks in moving the country out of the current crisis .This reflects a government which is not listening to the people .People are saying we are sick and tired of corruption and we are experiencing it in every aspect of our lives, but the government is failing to address this issue except making it a political rhetoric,” said Ncube during the launch of TIZ Bulawayo office.
Ncube added: “When the unity government was formed parties in the Global Political Agreement agreed to stamp out corruption but they have total failed.”
Speaking at the same occasion former president of Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries CZI) Matebeleland chapter, Ruth Labode, said: “Most companies in the city remain closed despite promises by government to release funds to revive them through the Distressed and Marginalised Areas Fund (Dimaf.”
Bulawayo used to be the industrial hub of Zimbabwe but since 2000 industries have collapsed due to viability y problems.
In October last year, the government pledged to avail funds under the much-touted “Let Bulawayo Survive Campaign”.
More than 85 companies have closed shop in Bulawayo while others have relocated to Harare and other towns, leaving more than 20 000 workers jobless.
Old Mutual and the government agreed to provide $40 million as seed capital with both parties contributing $20 million. The government claims it has so far managed to release $10 million towards the fund.