The local business community has been encouraged to prepare for the impending general elections early next year as polls provide the only practical solution to the discord characterising the inclusive government.The call for industry to gear up for the imminent elections comes at a time industry has been seeking clarity on the possibility of polls next year given the failure by Finance Minister Tendai Biti to allocate funds for the elections in the 2012 National Budget.
Addressing captains of industry at the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) End of Year Dinner, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Cde Walter Mzembi emphasised the urgent need for polls given the continued discord within the inclusive government, a situation which is threatening the speedy recovery of the countryâ€™s economy.
Cde Mzembi also stressed the significance of having visionary and sound political leadership exemplified by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe so as to ensure a sound social and economic well being.
The gathering was attended by several government officials including the Minister of Womenâ€™s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Dr. Olivia Muchena, Regional Integration and International Cooperation Minister, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga as well as Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister, Mike Bimha among others.
Since the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in 2008, the inclusive government has been characterised by mistrust and dissonance among the parties involved.
Observers believe the inclusive government which has to date outlived its lifespan should come to an end.