The MDC have scoffed at the suggestion made by former party policy strategist Eddie Cross that the economy is doing well and will be even better by March next year. Cross, who retired from active politics before the July 30 poll, has often clashed with his party on a number of issues. Wiring on his blog over the weekend, Cross said
The emphasis of ‘being open for business’ and the start made in returning to the international playing field has elicited considerable private sector interest and I, personally, have a list of private sector projects that, if implemented, will involve the investment of $30 billion and will generate many billions in new exports and hundreds of thousands of new jobs… This was impossible under [former President Robert] Mugabe.
However, MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume rejected those claims and labelled Cross a Maverick. He said
Eddie Cross has always been a maverick prone to see colours with different eyes. He can look at a green object and tell you it’s black or red… He is retired and a living example of why it is important to retire when you reach a certain age, lest you harm yourself or society.
We hope all is well because he sounds like someone getting his pension in hard currency or as well as money from automated teller machines [ATMs]. The country he paints looks like some other place that is not Zimbabwe, but then, this is Cross and we have to forgive him. He is an old man.