There has been a lot of deliberation over whether Zimbabwe is on the right path or if we are a lost cause and the country will be on a downward for another five years. If you are to take the word of one of Zimbabwe’s most shrewd businessmen –Strive Masiyiwa- then we are indeed in a new dispensation.
Speaking to CNBC Africa, the founder of Econet was quizzed about the prospects of Zim and his confidence in Emmerson Mnangagwa, to which he replied:
I have invested in Zimbabwe (in the last 10 years), $1.5 billion US dollars. I’m as commited to investing in Zimbabwe as I have always been come rain or shine. But concerning the change that has taken place; I believe it is real. I believe President Mnangagwa is sincere with the things he wants to do. It is going to be extremely challenging. Everyone knows that. Anyone who understands economics knows it’s going to be tough going but I think that Zimbabwe needs to be given a chance. We have to stop the politicking and focus on rebuilding this country… And I’m right up there. I think the sanctions, should be removed. There’s no justification for them anymore and I’ve always been on record to say the sanctions are not justified. Now we are almost 20 years into the sanctions. You can’t have one country operating with its hands tied behind its back.
You can see the video of the interview below:
WATCH: Strive Masiyiwa speaks to @cnbcafrica on his views on Mnangagwa, the economy and sanctions.
“Zimbabwe needs to be given a chance…” pic.twitter.com/wya8linh3U
— newZWire (@newswireZW) October 30, 2018
This one is bound to divide some opinion!