The ruling Zanu-PF party has said that Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube must realise that the party is supreme to the government and should always consult it before making any policy pronouncements. The ruling party has distanced itself from the Fiscal Measures which were announced by Ncube which have been blamed for the spiralling of foreign currency exchange rates on the black market. This has resulted in shortages of basic commodities as consumers seek to take advantage of the situation and to protect their earnings.
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Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu said,
Yes, that is what I have said. That we were not consulted and we think the current problems are tell-tale signs of teething problems of the new arrangement which Zanu PF is working to resolve. I think government is used to coming up with policies after their deliberations which it then pronounces. You will realise that Zanu PF did not have a working system with permanent people, but the situation is different now and we have a functional structure that must be consulted before any policy pronouncement.
Zanu-PF’s spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo added,
There could have been a lapse in communication, but now there is no conflict. The minister indicated to the nation that the tax will only be implemented after it is gazetted and we are happy with that…The minister has the full support of the party but there must be realisation that the party was supreme.
Professor Mthuli Ncube is the Minister of Finance and Economic Development. He was the Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank, financial, economics, investment, and public policy expert, entrepreneur and academic. Professor Ncube divides his time between the private sector in Switzerland... Read More About Mthuli Ncube
Obert Moses Mpofu is a Zimbabwean politician with various business interests in mining, security and transport. He is the former Minister of Home Affairs. In December 2017 he was appointed as the Zanu-PF Secretary for administration. In February 2018 Mpofu was called before parliament to... Read More About Obert Mpofu
Simon Khaya Moyo is a politician and spokesperson of Zanu-PF and the former Minister of Energy and Power Development. He is a former ambassador of Zimbabwe to South Africa. Read More About Simon Khaya Moyo