ZICODD Asks How Far? On Government Goals And Promises

The Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) is an NGO established in February 2000 for advocacy on debt issues has launched the #HowFar Campaign which seeks answers on progress made by the government in attaining set goals and promises made.

The government has since 2018 made several promises while setting some goals that were premised on transforming the nation.

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In its manifesto, the ruling party promised a number of things including dealing with corruption, addressing the cash crisis, dealing with the fuel and power crisis and many other promises.

The government also set Agenda 2030 in which it sees Zimbabwe becoming a middle-level-income economy by that year.

Giving an update on the #HowFar campaign, ZIMCODD expressed optimism that the initiative would inculcate accountability. Said ZIMCODD:

#Zimbos we are glad the govt has started responding to some of the citizens’ questions. This is the culture of accountability that we seek to entrench in Zimbabwe and we will continue seeking answers from duty bearers.

In response to the campaign, the ruling party had said:

We have answers to the silly #HowFar questions. On Mega deals we have gone #ThisFar:

  • Arcadia Lithium Mine – complete
  • Great Dyke Platinum – complete
  • Hwange Power Extension – almost complete
  • New Parliament – almost complete
  • RGMI Airport expansion – almost complete #VeryFar

MDC Alliance spokesperson, Advocate Fadayi Mahere says the government has since removed billboards that entailed the pledges made by the government in 2018.

The billboards, proclaimed, “Vote ZANU-PF for visionary and mature leadership,” “Vote Mnangagwa for affordable, quality, healthcare guaranteed”, and “jobs, jobs, jobs,” “Trust us for delivering the Zimbabwe you want”.

Government critics say the government has not delivered its promises. They cite ballooning unemployment rates, power issues, human rights violations and inflation as pointers to ZANU PF’s failure to fulfil promises.

In July this year, Sivio Institute, an independent research body, said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF government had fulfilled only 2 per cent of its 2018 election pledges.

The government refuted the claims saying it had fulfilled many of its promises and had achieved to maintain “our local currency stable against the USD with the Foreign Currency Auction System playing a major role in restoring sanity in the foreign exchange market, resulting in reduced inflation.”

ZIMCODD also asked Harare City Council #HowFar it had gone towards achieving World Class City for Harare by the year 2025.

The local government authority was yet to respond at the time of writing.

However, Harare is struggling to provide required public goods and services such as potable water, street lighting, garbage collection, and sewer reticulation, an indication that it might miss the 2025 target. 

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