Presenting a report on Human DevelopmentÃ¢â‚¬Â¨prepared by the United Nations Development Programme lastÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Monday, Biti saidÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ constant conflict made it difficult for a country to develop orÃ¢â‚¬Â¨prosper.
“Zimbabwe can be described as a country with a permanent crisis. It isÃ¢â‚¬Â¨a country with temporal periods of peace and stability which revertsÃ¢â‚¬Â¨back to instability and conflict,” he said.
Biti said Zimbabwe had never known peace as it was alwaysÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ involved in some conflict or another.
“If we look back at the history, Zimbabwe has never had moreÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ than four years of peace and stability. In each period there is alwaysÃ¢â‚¬Â¨something raising conflict, if not the Land Apportionment Act, it wasÃ¢â‚¬Â¨the First Chimurenga, the struggle of workers in the 1940s to 1950s,Ã¢â‚¬Â¨the national war liberation 1950s to 1979, the Gukurahundi from1982 toÃ¢â‚¬Â¨1987, the violence associated with the Land Reform, Operation Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Murambatsvina, the violence that came with the elections. The fact ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¨the matter is, Zimbabwe is in a permanent state of crisis and this isÃ¢â‚¬Â¨not sustainable or equitable for the country’s development,” he said.
The finance minister said it was important to understand suchÃ¢â‚¬Â¨discourses because then the country could map its development planÃ¢â‚¬Â¨properly.
He said the report on human development was about learningÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ to expand choices that were central to African discourses and wouldÃ¢â‚¬Â¨result in people making the right decisions which lead to freedom.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨“We have a long way to go in the pursuit ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¨happiness. Part of the problem is political instability. We have peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â¨who have become shareholders of destruction and sustainability andÃ¢â‚¬Â¨equity is absent, leading to no development,” he said.
Biti noted that instability had led to dwindling mortality rates.
The launch was also attended by ministers, senior governmentÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ officials, United Nations agencies, ambassadors and representatives fromÃ¢â‚¬Â¨private and public sectors.Post published in: News