While addressing Members of Parliament during a pre-budget briefing in Harare yesterday, Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda, criticised academics for failing to make constructive criticism of Government’s economic blueprint Zim-Asset so as to advise Parliament on its impact on the economy.
He said academics at universities should be coming to Parliament to assist on how Zim-Asset had fared and how it could be improved on,
We cannot have Zim-Asset as a decorative document like a mirror all the time. At least, the mirror shows how you look like, but this Zim-Asset, if it is not cleaned up so that it shows us how we look like, how good is it if we are not pursuing its implementation? So, these scholars at our universities have let us down. They should be the ones coming to Parliament and asking ‘do we see what we see, this is our analysis?’ And all are benefiting from state coffers. We do not want research that is done for people out there, we want research that is done for people here in Zimbabwe then our universities will be relevant.