FREEZIM Congress Party president Joseph Busha set the tone for his inevitable victory in Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections when he hosted members of the country’s opposition parties, civic society and business experts in Johannesburg recently to discuss the way forward for the crisis hit country.
Among some of the delegates was MDC-T’s MP for Bulawayo South and policy co-ordinator general Eddie Cross, top human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama and Independent Economics consultant Rongai Chizema.
During the discussion, whose theme was Zimbabwe reality check: Socio-economic analysis and post 2018 key policies, ‘ speakers, painted a gloomy picture of the situation in Zimbabwe.
But in a short but powerful presentation, Busha outlined some of his party’s policies, after emphasizing that the country didn’t have to dwell too much on politicking but has to find solutions to its myriad of problems.
“We just don’t’ need political parties, we need solutions, because right now we cannot even compete in running,” says Busha drawing laughter from the audience.
And solutions did Busha provide, by immediately stating that should his party come into power it would only have 12 ministers unlike the current administration where the cabinet is bloated and chews up a large chunk of the country’s budget.
“There is need for a shift in the way government does business. Our focus as a party will be to reduce government expenditure and make sure most resources are channeled to help uplift Zimbabweans.
“ For example I don’t see any reason why top government officials should not pay toll gates yet they use the same roads and yet the suffering masses are expected to pay,” says Busha, who after giving detailed demographics of the country in a well researched presentation, criticized the current administration for being wasteful and creating social barriers between the ordinary masses and top government officials.
“Everyone must pay at the toll gates . There is also no need for ministers to have three vehicles each because it siphons the country’s resources, which should instead be used to develop (social) infrastructure such as hospitals and schools,” says Busha.
The energetic 53 year-old leader, also spoke passionately about resuscitating the country economy by using the land as an engine for growth.
“We need to make sure all the resources are exploited and that can only be achieved if we develop the rural economy. It is the basis for economic growth as it will decentralize development especially from the urban areas where people are concentrated but without jobs. There is need to industrialize the rural areas where products such as tomatoes are grown. That way it will create jobs and cut on unnecessary expenditure,” argues Busha.
Busha also came up with a simple but powerful solutions to the malaise in Zimbabwe that includes simply changing the mindset of Zimbabweans and by promoting peace in the country.
“If you and your partner are always fighting, it is difficult to wake up in the morning and be productive, and that (peace) is necessary to get the country going again,” says Busha who also spoke against what he described as “ the current master servant culture” and the need for innovative and progressive leadership.
“We also got to start respecting ourselves. We also need to self introspect, by respecting property rights and think about what each and everyone of us is doing and can do for their the country, “ he says as a parting shot.
Cross also painted a gloomy picture of the situation in Zimbabwe, claiming that “our neighbours” are beginning to look into the crisis as the countries’ leadership could no longer afford to sit back and watch an important partner sink deeper into problems.
“The situation on the ground demands that Mugabe retires ,” says Cross.
Top human human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama also decried the absence of the rule of law adding that the judiciary in the country is compromised.
“Especially in regards to property rights and there is selection application of the law.
“The bond notes that the government want to introduce are totally unlawful and there is no legal basis for the government to do this,” says Muchadehama, while Independent Economic Consultant Rongai Chizema says its not all gloom and doom as long as the right policies are implemented.
“I foresee a bullish recovery if we do things right, and the policies are right but the succession issues shows we are not clear on what we want as a country. So we need clarity on the succession debate.
“We also need to deal with corruption. There is too much high level corruption and it is beginning to play out in the media, “ notes Chizema.
Meanwhile there was pomp and fanfare at the 2016 Hear the Legends, JM BUSHA 54 RACES for Peace & Unity in Africa function, which was sponsored by JM Busha Investment Group in Johannesburg recently, a day after the Rosebank meeting.
Guests at the event, which was hosted by the company’s managing director JM Busha, included high profile members of both the Zimbabwean and South African community like former SA president and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and his wife, former SA National Assembly Speaker Frene Ginwala and also musicians Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Letta Mbulu.
Hear the Legends, the JM BUSHA 54 RACES, is Busha’s brainchild to promote peace and unity in Africa, through sports. It also advocates for citizenry participation in the socio-economic development and political governance of countries. – Patience Rusere and Simba Rushwaya