The Herald on Saturday reported that the under fire minister admitted to â€œbunglingâ€ while administering of the countryâ€™s indigenisation law.
Zhuwaoâ€™s overzealous push to see foreign firms surrender at least 51 percent of their local equity as was being dictated by the controversial law has often invited strong rebuke from critics of the current Zanu PF government for scaring away potential investment.
The stance has often put him on a collision course with fellow cabinet and finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, who has fought to protect the banking sector.
Following his latest comments, the opposition has been quick to feast on Zhuwaoâ€™s ignominious climb down, insisting he must humbly give up his job.
â€œIf Zimbabwe was a normal and functional democracy, Zhuwao should have proceeded to do the honourable thing and tender his resignation as a Cabinet minister. He is unfit to hold public office,â€ MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu told the media.
â€œThe cost of Zhuwaoâ€™s bungling is indescribable in terms of lost business opportunities for Zimbabwe from both domestic and foreign direct investment. He should be completely ashamed of himself.â€
PDP spokesperson, Jacob Mafume, also described Zhuwao as an â€œunmitigated disgraceâ€.
Zhuwao was also target of sensational corruption allegations by controversial Zanu PF youth activist, Ace Lumumba, who claimed the former party legislator was demanding shares from a government youth fund.
However, Zhuwao on Sunday said he was serving at the pleasure of President Robert Mugabe and would not readily surrender his post to please the opposition.
â€œI disagree,â€ Zhuwao said when asked by Newzimbabwe.com if he will consider resigning.
â€œI did not admit that I failed; I said whenever one gets an instruction, it is quite possible that one can fail to fully grasp things.
â€œIt is proper that when your appointing authority clarifies things you simply do things according to how they have been clarified.â€
Zhuwao continued: â€œI was appointed by his Excellency the president and not the MDC, I have one appointing authority whom I respond to and this is why there is a president who appoints ministers and the role of the president is to constantly monitor and make sure that things are going according to his instructions, that is the essential element of management.
â€œManagement is about making sure that you control and monitor.â€
Zhuwao distanced President Mugabe away from the current communication drawbacks in government, which have seen the veteran leader use public platforms to undo â€œwrongâ€ policy pronouncements by ministers.
Last year during the Independence Day celebrations, President Mugabe embarrassed his finance minister by reversing a decision by the exchequer chief to suspend the payment of public service annual bonuses for two years.
Mugabe was at it again, this time embarrassing his own nephew through pronouncements which sought to water down provisions of the tough empowerment law.
Zhuwao denied there was everything wrong with the line of communication between the president and his ministers.
â€œThere is absolutely nothing wrong with a leader taking corrective measures,â€ he said.
â€œThat is what management is about. This is very, very simple.
â€œThis is why you yourself have an editor so that your editor makes sure that your stories are according to the editorial policy of your publication. It is a simple concept of management, very clear and very straight forward.
â€œIt is just that entities that donâ€™t know how to manage and donâ€™t have sufficient knowledge and experiences in management donâ€™t understand this essential component of management. This is why MDC is now fragmented into the jigsaw puzzle that you now find of the party.â€
Vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, last week told accountants in Harare that the bickering between Zhuwao and Chinamasa has harmed the economy as it had caused uncertainty and confusion.
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