Business sector believes in Tsvangirai

MUTARE – Business people have said they are operating under unfriendly and difficult conditions and have appealed to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to engage the international community to unlock resources

This was revealed at the Manicaland Business Forum held here last week. The businessmen said they believed that Tsvangirai’s office was widely viewed as the only hope to salvage Zimbabwe from the political and economic doldrums.

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‘The international community has seen the office of the Prime Minister as the solution to Zimbabwe’s difficulties. He is the only man who can take Zimbabwe forward,’ said Zimbabwe Investment Promotion Centre chairman, Hebert Mutudza.

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‘We want the help of the World Bank and the European Union among others so that we can deal with our economy. We definitely need their help. We need to have credit lines unlocked. As business people we need loans and credit facilities so that our companies start operating to full capacity. This can only be done with the help of the Prime Minister,’ he said.

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Tapiwa Masara, a Mutare businessman, said the business people wanted Zanu (PF) to embrace the Global Political Agreement (GPA) because it was the only way that they could save Zimbabwe, but President Robert Mugabe had reneged on the implementation of many of the terms.

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‘We only have ourselves to blame. Some people are putting up a wall so that the GPA cannot go forward. They are participating in some issues that are not congruent to the GPA. The international community is saying how can we save Zimbabwe when you yourselves are failing to implement the terms of the GPA,’ Masara said.

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The national president of The Zimbabwe Trade Development Centre, Ramson Chikasha, said, ‘As business people we had welcomed the inclusive government. This new government had given us hope. We had confidence in the new dispensation. The office of the Prime Minister has got the light. We can see the light coming. We acknowledge the economic liberalisation and the dollarization.’

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Chikasha added that Tsvangirai was keen to solve the ongoing issues in the GPA, but there were some Zanu (PF) elements throwing spanners in the works. ‘It is our hope that the Prime Minister will solve the outstanding issues in the GPA as this is discouraging potential investors. As business people we want to be part of the new inclusive government. We want to play a part in the building of the nation,’ Chikasha said.

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