In as much as the nation must pray for the rains and economic salvation, sound and proper politics and planning should also be put in place for the country to recover from the current economic woes, a senior government official has advised.

This was said by Walter Mzembi the Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister who was last week responding to vice  President Phelekezela Mphoko’s recent  national prayer week in which he said should be held for Zimbabwe to be delivered from its current problems.

Vice President Mphoko said the prayers would also bring rains and counter the impending drought.

In his words Vice President Mphoko said Zimbabweans should turn to the “Almighty God the Creator and the Sustainer of life to heal our land”.

But Mzembi suggested that prayers should come after government has crafted sound economic policies and make use of the land which the country seized from former white commercial farmers in 2000 and beyond.

“There has been a clarion call for national prayers for the rains but rain alone cannot be the only solution to the problems this country is facing,” said Mzembi.

Mzembi said Zimbabwe is not making use of dams and the vast tracts of land it acquired from former white commercial farmers.

“We have 10800 dams, 11 million hectares of irrigable land and we should be the last nation to premise rain as the critical success factor for a viable agricultural season, the missing link is the power of creativity,” said Mzembi.

“Let us not cry and cry because there is no one listening ,God  is saying that I already give you the solution ,yes lets pray but he has told me in my prayers that I gave you the solution long back and it is the power of creativity”.