22 NOVEMBER 2017
ZCIEA PRESS STATEMENT ON THE RESIGNATION OF ROBERT G. MUGABE AS PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE AS AT 21 NOVEMBER 2017 FOLLOWING THE OPERATION RESTORE LEGACY BY THE ZIMBABWE DEFENCE FORCES.
Tuesday the 21st November 2017 marked a historical victory and step towards freedom for Zimbabwe with the resignation and descent from presidency by the 93year old Robert Mugabe who had ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years since the 1980 Independence.
Though its 1 day gone, no one would want at this stage review the 37years which had mixed and in major degeneration of the rule of law and the economy which gave a sharp rise to the growth of the informal and precarious work in Zimbabwe. Such has to this day resulted in more than 94.5% of the population work in the informal economy. The further ugly pain to this is that the informal economy workers have suffered to the bone through harassments, criminalisation, confiscation of wares and goods, hazardous operational conditions and partisan politics which resulted to vulnerability and serious abuses.
Informal economy in Zimbabwe currently has all economic activities by workers who constitute skilled, semi-skilled and on job trained. The majority have become women and youth. These are not covered by economic units that are in the law or in practice or are insufficiently covered by formal arrangements.
Under this new Zimbabwean ERA we breathe the new Independence which should restore hope and direction to all informal economy workers and traders such that they are given a solid and fully supported space to holistically contribute to the economic development without criminalisation and harassments. This should be applied by the Newly coming leadership with the understanding of the state of the economy and the patience required forthwith for its recovery with an all-inclusive approach.
The most critical model to be accommodated and implemented by the new Zimbabwean leadership irrespective of political affiliation so as to urgently promote healing and hope for the informal economy is:
- The inclusion of the informal economy in legal and policy framework – this promotes decriminalization of informal economy activities.
- Inclusion and participation national and local budgeting processes
- Provision and respect of the rights and freedoms according to the constitution of Zimbabwe
- Social protection
- Financial Inclusion
- Collective Social dialogue
- Allocation of decent work space and low income housing schemes
- Reduction and provision of fare licencing fees and taxes
- Depoliticization of the operational work space.
These are well in connection and supported by the ILO Recommendation 204 which speaks to Transitioning of informal economy activities to formalisation process in order to promote inclusive development and growth. This will promote recognition of the informal economy in Zimbabwe.
We will continue to foster for the democratization of the operations of the informal economy workers and traders with full focus of achieving our Vision, -Decent Standards of Living for all Zimbabweans in a Stable economy and Mission – Alleviating Poverty Through Transforming Informal Economy Activities into Mainstream Activities).
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ZCIEA Secretary General’s Office