The Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T called upon Government to start having dialogue with all stakeholders in politics, business, civic society and the church to come up with a holistic approach to address the economic crisis currently bedevilling the nation.

MDC-T
National Secretary for Information and Publicity Linda Masarira made this
appeal in a statement issued yesterday.

“It
is not a secret that the current government is (failing to) stabilize the economy,”
Masarira said.

“2019
has not started well for the majority toiling Zimbabweans. The unrelenting
currency crisis marked by growing parallel currency market as Zimbabwean
authorities persist against glaring evidence and common sense that there is no
parity between the surrogate Bond notes and the US dollar.”

She
added that this crisis inevitably caused the labour unrest currently tormenting
the nation, first by doctors then teachers and likely the rest of public
service.

“Understandably,
the calls by doctors and teachers have been for remuneration in hard currency, hence
underlying the demerits of the Bond notes and RTGs. Simply put, these
professionals and other workers are merely asking for a living wage and under
the prevailing circumstances the safest measure of one’s income is US dollar denominated
one,” Masarira added.

She ridiculed
the response by government saying they either missed the underlying problem or
pretended to and hence argues against the hard currency as if it were the
problem.

The
call by MDC-T has come at a time when government has held two meetings to
address the issue of salaries with representatives of the public sector.

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