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'Sanctions costed 10s x1000s new jobs' argues Masiyiwa - rigged elections millions old and new

02 Nov 2018 at 08:01hrs | Views
Many people held Strive Masiyiwa in high regard, not until the heard him say "Mnangagwa was sincere" in seeking meaningful political and economic change in Zimbabwe. Masiyiwa also argued that the sanctions imposed of the Zanu PF dictatorship should be lifted.

The statements are totally divorced from the political and economic reality in Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa has just rigged the recent elections, for example; was he being sincere in keeping his promise to hold free, fair and credible elections! It was little wonder that all those with a working brain, Zimbabweans and foreigners alike, were outraged by Masiyiwa's foolish statements and told him so in no uncertain terms.

Someone should have told Masiyiwa that when you are in a hole, stop digging because in his attempt to explain his foolish statement he has only dug an even deeper hole for himself!

"As an entrepreneur, on many occasions I have had initiatives for my country Zimbabwe, which could have created tens of thousands of new jobs. When I have discussed them with either investors or banks, they have turned me away, saying:
"We don't want to violate the sanctions in your country." Wrote Masiyiwa.

"I have documents and emails from bankers and investors. I tried so hard to persuade some of them, often suggesting that they are not interpreting the sanctions correctly.

"In my case I was forced to go to China to secure loans to support our Zimbabwean businesses. But this was not always ideal. I have spoken about it publicly on many occasions even in the US and China itself."

The sanctions imposed by the western nations targeted specific individuals and companies and unless your proposed projects involved working with any of those on the targeted list then there was no reason why the would-be investors refused to fund you. As you yourself acknowledge some failed to interpret the sanctions correctly.

Your whole argument to have the sanctions lifted is nonsensical is discussed in isolation, one must consider why the sanctions were imposed. The Americans spelt out in detail what the Zanu PF government had to do to ensure the recent elections were free, fair and credible. Mnangagwa blatantly rigged the elections and so the sanction stayed.

It is shocking that anyone who with half a brain would ever call the person who has just committed high treason, rigging elections is high treason, "sincere"!

By rigging the elections, Mnangagwa confirmed that Zimbabwe is a pariah state ruled by corrupt and vote rigging thugs. A hell lot more investors and lenders have shied away from investing in Zimbabwe not so much because there are these targeted sanctions but because the country is pariah state.

Whilst sanctions have costed the country tens of thousands of new jobs; being a pariah state has costed the nation the millions of existing jobs with companies closing and millions of new jobs in lost investment opportunities.

"Now, if Zimbabwe had been a person who committed a crime, for which they went to prison, would you not say 20 years is enough?
Zimbabwe has served its prison time. It's time for the country to be given a chance to get back on its feet," continued Masiyiwa.

To start with it is not Zimbabwe or ordinary Zimbabweans who "committed a crime" it is President Mnangagwa and his junta who committed high treason in systematically denying the people their freedoms and rights including the right to free and fair elections and even the right to life itself. The ordinary people are the victims of the corrupt and tyrannical regime.

How can you say Mnangagwa and his junta have "served their prison time" when they just blatantly rigged the elections and on the 1st August had seven unarmed civilians shot dead by the army? A warning the regime will shot to kill all those who dare raise their voice again its continued tyrannical rule.

Zimbabwe will never ever register any meaningful economic recovery as long as the country remain a pariah state ruled by corrupt, incompetent and vote rigging thugs. NEVER EVER!

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