By Staff Reporter
Leader of the opposition, United African National Council (UANC), Gwinyai Muzorewa has implored the need for unity among all stakeholders to overcome political and social challenges hindering economic prosperity and national well-being.
Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Muzorewa urged both the ruling party and opposition to set aside differences and work collectively for the greater good of the nation.
“It is time for productivity and positivity and not pessimism. We appeal to all stakeholders, the ruling party included to collectively unite in an effort to mitigate political and social factors that are hindering economic prosperity and national well-being.
“United we can do anything we want as a nation, provided it’s in the interest of the nation. In pursuit of the national unity making compromises is a major component of democracy, by prioritizing the needs of the people we automatically conscientize value of national unity thus in order to solve the nation’s deep-rooted issues, it is necessary to adopt an inclusive approach. In a democracy inclusiveness produces genuine peace,” Muzorewa said
Addressing the recent budget presentation by the Minister of Finance, Mthuli Ncube, the UANC president accused the minister of sabotaging the economy through what he deemed unrealistic economic measures.
“When you increase taxes, for example, the toll tax from $2 to $5, don’t you see that you are apparently sabotaging the nation’s economy by cutting off half the people who are supposed to use the roads? As an ordinary person, I struggle to pay $2. If you (the Minister) had added a $1, I would have appreciated it, and to double the amount is to say get off the road. I think as the Minister of Finance, you have to be realistic,” Muzorewa said.
The UANC leader called for a more pragmatic and people-centric approach to economic policies, highlighting the importance of understanding the challenges faced by ordinary citizens.