By Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo
It took me, almost 45 minutes to get into town from a suburb in Harare. Along the way, we have witnessed several accidents and hustles. My simple question is: where is ZINARA? Millions of dollars are being paid through toll fees, throughout the country, and today we don’t have a single spaghetti road in this country. We only have roundabouts, and we must learn to redirect our priorities towards proper Economic Recovery Strategies.
There is too much congestion in Harare. If I may ask, where is the Local Government Minister, July Moyo? Where is the Deputy Minister? Where is the local Government Board? Where is ZINARA? Where are the devolution funds? Who is administering local Government funds, devolution funds? , City council funds? Honestly, if I’m not mistaken, we are the only country in SADC, if not in entire Africa, without spaghetti roads?
We have Chrome, we have alluvial diamonds, we have Great Dyke minerals involving huge mineral deposits such as gold, chrome, etc, and today we have dams, death traps in the CBD. Unfortunately, we lack competent people around Strategic areas of Governance, and today we have a whole Vice President opening a small bridge around Inyathi compounds in Matebelaland, leaving out a huge chunk of work in Harare. How then do we market our country, when tourists witness such a stalemate?
The Local Government Ministry, Harare City Council, Finance Ministry, ZINARA, ZIMRA, and Tourism must constitute a board, and come up with a proper strategy on how to make this town beautiful. We need Strategic Thinkers around key areas of Governance. This idea of Ministers touring dams, people’s farms, and meeting marketers must stop. Go back to the drawing board, provide Strategic Thinking around the current trajectory. We need thinkers around critical issues affecting Zimbabweans.
Development must be ahead of politics. We can’t spend five years politicizing Development at the expense of more than 15 million people.
Some are already talking of 2023 when we don’t even have a single spaghetti road? Look at our roads, they have become death traps around the country, and yet funds were allocated for all these projects, and where is the money?
We need a proper Policy direction of this country.
Let’s get our priorities correct !!!
Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo is the Head of Zimbabwe Institute of Strategic Thinking and he can be contacted at [email protected]