Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa has blamed the citizenry’s loss of confidence in public institutions on the government’s failure to meet social obligations and corruption by government officials.
This was stated in the party’s press statement this Thursday in which a number of possible ways of restoring the waning public confidence were listed. Reads the statement in part:
The social contract between the state and citizens in Zimbabwe has broken down. There is a lack of confidence or trust in the State, government and public institutions. The lack of confidence finds expression in the thriving parallel market, acute hyperinflation which officially stands at 96% year on year, although economic experts have said it is much higher, in the region of 265%. This is partly because the State and its institutions are corrupt and inefficient. The lack of confidence and trust in the State and the failure by the State to meet its social obligations to the citizens has resulted in the majority of citizens operating outside the ambit of the State.
The opposition party added that poverty was part of these problems as noted by the World Bank which reported that 49% of the Zimbabwean population lives in extreme poverty.
The party added that a CCC government will “restore confidence in the government through ethical leadership, the creation of a consensus state where there is wide consultation with key stakeholders before policies are created or changed, the building of a shared and inclusive society and the creation of an economic environment that promotes opportunities for widespread prosperity, especially for the ordinary citizen.”
The party’s presser comes barely days after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a cocktail of measures meant to restore confidence, preserve value and restore macroeconomic stability, which included restoration of lost value on bank deposits with a US$1 000 balance and below as of the end of January 2019.
Former Finance Minister – Government of National Unity era – Tendai Biti, mocked the measures saying they would never work.