By Watmore Makokoba
Acting MDC-T president Elias Mudzuri says there is no sign that the new government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa is tackling economic challenges bedevilling the country.
Since Mnangagwa took over as President of Zimbabwe in November last year, things have gotten worse economically fronted by price increases on basic goods and commodities.
Some companies in the manufacturing sector such as Onsdale which manufacture Farai Sanitary Pads almost closed shop and it had to take the intervention of treasury to save the situation.
Speaking on the side-lines of a tour of banks and industries in Southerton Industrial area, Mudzuri who was accompanied by party deputy chairman Morgan Komichi and youth assembly secretary general Lovemore Chinoputsa said he was disappointed because the current government had said economic recovery was their first priority.
“Despite the new administration’s promise that it was making the economy its main priority and was tackling the problems facing the people, there is no sign of recovery yet visible,” he said.
The former Harare Mayor also took the opportunity to urge people who were queuing at banks to register and vote in the impending general elections, adding that it was their vote that can only bring positive change in their lives.
“It is imperative at this juncture when we are left only with a few months to go into elections to use that little time to register and vote,” he said.
Mudzuri also revealed that he had been directed by ailing party president Morgan Tsvangirai to go around and see how people were managing in the hostile economic environment.
The Warren Park legislator toured four banks in the Southerton Industrial area, Bak Logistics complex and also took some time to speak to vendors who sell their wares in the area.
Also present during the tour was Zivai Mhetu who is aspiring Member of Parliament for Epworth. Mhetu commended Mudzuri saying the initiative was a step in the right direction and a booster to Tsvangirai.
“What acting president Mudzuri is doing is a commendable effort as it t will allow president Tsvangirai to quickly recover as he enjoy peace of mind knowing that the acting president is performing his duties satisfactorily.
“His leadership in these few days has covered MDC-T internal politics, his efforts in uniting the party is bearing fruits,” said Mhetu.
Mudzuri is one the three MDC-T vice presidents together with Nelson Chamisa and Thokozani Khupe.
President Tsvangirai is currently on medical break from work as he concentrates on his recovery from colon cancer.