As the country marks the second anniversary of the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) by the three political parties, many Zimbabweans are worried about the continued existence of sanctions.
While the last few months saw theÂ fall in inflation, economic environment stabilisation due to the introduction of the multi-currency system, improvedÂ – though not adequate – food availability and a slight upsurge in local industrial capacity utilisation, the plight of the ordinary man continues to be an uphill struggle.
The limited capacity utilisation in the industrial sector due to sanctions has led to the inability to create jobs and to generate exports required for the generation of the much-needed foreign currency.
Analyst, Dr Maxwell Hove said an environment with sanctions can not attract investment, hence the need to act on their fast removal to ensure that the nation builds on the initial successes of economic recovery.
â€œThe GPA has met most of its objectives, the country is stable at the moment but on the economic front, a lot needs to be covered,â€ said Dr Hove.
Another analyst and social commentator, Gabriel Chaibva, called on the leaders and partners in the GPA to start speaking and acting with one voice against the sanctions, in order to send a clear message to investors that Zimbabwe is a perfect investment destination.
Chaibva also stressed that Zimbabwe must not expect too much from the west as it is also affected by the world economic recession, adding that Zimbabweans are their own liberators.
â€œWhen we come to speak about the economic sanctions and the detractors of this country, they [parties in the GPA] should be seen speaking with one voice,â€ he said.
Ordinary Zimbabweans on the street of Harare appreciated the progress of the implementation of the GPA, but expressed grave concern at poor service delivery by municipalities in the country and called on the inclusive government to take measures against reported corruption in these areas.
Others bemoaned the high cost of education which is squeezing hard hit parents and implored partners in the inclusive government to do more to address issues of education.
SADC and the African Union and other regional groups of the south have called for the removal of the illegal sanctions to enable partners in the GPA to make more headway.