The rise of Emmerson Mnangagwa to the second highest office in Zimbabwe clearly highlights that political expediency drives the government, not the economy, not the interests of investors and certainly not the interests of the people, a South African daily newspaper said today.
Business Day said that many people still believe that the removal of President Robert Mugabe will be the trigger for Zimbabwe’s economical revival.
In an article written by Dianna Games of [email protected], the paper said Mnangagwa, “a former defence minister and one of the most feared and hated men in Zimbabwe……. does not inspire confidence. Things could get a lot worse”.
Mnangagwa has already been welcomed by the world’s largest economy, China. Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao congratulated Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko on their appointments as vice-presidents and said China would strengthen its relations with Zimbabwe.
Last week Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Lin Lin, paid a courtesy call on Mnangagwa, who is acting President, and delivered the congratulatory message from Li Yuanchao.
Business Day said meaningful change in Zimbabwe is unlikely.
“ZANU-PF is without a realistic plan for the economy, devoting much of its time to recycling unpopular political lackeys into key positions and fighting over declining spoils,” it said.