dpm mutambara 18.11.10.jpgDeputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara says Zimbabwean politicians should be patriotic and abstain from attacking their own country while in foreign lands.

Professor Mutambara has questioned the logic of some politicians who take every opportunity to attack their country once they leave Zimbabwe’s borders.

“Politicians should not denounce the national vision or interest but push the national agenda with zeal,” said Professor Mutambara.

DPM Mutambara also called upon renowned business people in the country to concentrate their efforts towards economic recovery since their individual success will not be recognised if the country is still struggling.

While the creation of the inclusive government had brought hope that Zimbabweans would start singing from the same hymn book, recent developments have shown that some elements are still defiant.

One such example is the revelations by the United States government which clearly stated during the recent visit by a SADC delegation to the U.S and to Brussels that the MDC insisted that sanctions must be maintained.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara has urged cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries to set targets for parastatals and desist from being involved in the day-to-day operations of their boards.

Professor Mutambara made the call at a corporate governance framework seminar in the capital.

Addressing board members of parastatals and business in the capital, Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara called on government as a shareholder to desist from being involved in the operations of parastatal boards so as to give them space to meet the needs of stakeholders.

Deputy Minister of State Enterprises and Parastatals, Cde Walter Chidhakwa said the issue of involvement by ministers and permanent secretaries is a result of lack of a clear definition of roles and the jurisdiction of ministers and permanent secretaries.

Parastatals have been described as the missing link in the recovery of the economy.

The parastatals and state enterprises’ situation has been worsened by the existence of illegal sanctions, a situation which makes it difficult for them to access lines of credit.