Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has said that the coronavirus pandemic and national lockdown imposed to curb the virus are an eye-opener on the need and significance of depending on local solutions to issues.
He made the remarks while launching the 360-hectares Command Winter Wheat project at Zhovhe Farm in Beitbridge West. Chiwenga said:
This pandemic and the lockdowns throughout the world should be a wake-up call to all in developing countries to depend more on ourselves.
Just as our clarion call during the struggle to free ourselves from political bondage was that we are our own liberators, so it is with our economic survival in this area where the proponents of globalisation have been proved wrong.
With lockdowns in many countries across the world, it is difficult or impossible to import anything and that is likely to worsen the economic and humanitarian crisis in the country considering that Zimbabwe relies on imports as the local industry is collapsed.
Chiwenga is one of the political elites in the country who have received criticism for “neglecting the local health sector because they get medical treatment from abroad.”
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