Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube has called on Zimbabweans to be patient and to trust him as he works on fixing the economy. The Zimbabwean economy has been in crisis in the past few weeks with a shortage of basic goods and soaring rates of foreign currency on the black market. However, Ncube said that he has a plan to fix the economy and called on Zimbabweans to trust him. In an interview with NewsDay, Ncube said,
I would say, look, our economy is sick; it was sick before and you know it yourself. What we are doing now, we are like doctors, we are providing medication and solutions to deal with these problematic areas, and I have tried to outline them, but I know this is all high language to most people. Things will get better, the patient must be patient. We have a good plan… I firmly believe that the Transitional Stabilisation Programme economic package is the way out of this because it clearly identifies the problem areas economically and also legislatively, but critically, we have a solution for each of these. The main issue now I think is about communicating clearly that this is a marathon, not a sprint and calling for patience. I know at times it’s asking for too much by asking people to be patient and they’ll say for how long? But that’s how long it will take for the damage that has been done since 2000. It’s difficult trying to fix things quickly and it will take time.