Min­is­ters earn Pres­i­dent’s praise

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Lloyd Gumbo Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe has sin­gled out two min­is­ters for be­ing pro-ac­tive and work­ing hard to re­duce the im­pact of a trop­i­cal storm, which af­fected sev­eral parts of the coun­try about two months ago.

The Head of State and Gov­ern­ment and Com­man­derin-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces said while the coun­try’s agri­cul­tural pro­grammes ben­e­fited from the rains, they also left a trail of de­struc­tion in some parts of the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing the 105th Or­di­nary Ses­sion of the Zanu-PF Cen­tral Com­mit­tee in Harare on Fri­day, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe hailed En­vi­ron­ment, Water and Cli­mate Min­is­ter Op­pah Muchin­guri for warn­ing peo­ple about the dan­gers of the floods and Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Min­is­ter Priscah Mup­fu­mira for spear­head­ing mo­bil­i­sa­tion of re­sources to help af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

He said the party was ex­pected to pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to re­ports from prov­inces that were most af­fected by the trop­i­cal storm.

“Our Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and her group were won­der­ful per­form­ers, alert­ing peo­ple and work­ing to­gether with Min­istry of Labour for as­sis­tance,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“They dis­tin­guished them­selves very much. We were quick as Gov­ern­ment in mov­ing to places that were af­fected in or­der to as­suage the chal­lenges that were faced by fam­i­lies that are still dis­placed from un­for­tu­nate events where a num­ber of peo­ple died.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the rains brought both for­tunes and mis­for­tune.

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“We es­ti­mate that we have about 200 000 war col­lab­o­ra­tors and there are 20 000 non-com­bat­ant cadres, those who went to war but stayed in the refugee camps with no chance to get train­ing and 20 000 war vic­tims, we are look­ing af­ter.”

Fam­ily spokesper­son Dr Au­gus­tine Murozvi said they were dev­as­tated by the pass­ing on of Brig Gen Murozvi whom he de­scribed as a per­son who be­lieved in to­tal com­mit­ment to na­tional duty.

“He was our fam­ily pil­lar, a man who stood for the needs of his fam­ily and the coun­try at large,” he said. “He was a man who be­lieved in fam­ily unit and his life was an in­spi­ra­tion to all of us. He leaves a rich legacy of work ethic and love.

“We are in mourn­ing and we are feel­ing ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain, coun­try was ex­pected to record high yields, thanks to the rains, though the coun­try had at the same time suf­fered when bridges were swept away and other in­fra­struc­ture such as water fa­cil­i­ties were de­stroyed. Some vil­lagers were ma­rooned, for in­stance in Masvingo, Mid­lands and Mata­bele­land South. “I am glad that our se­cu­rity ser­vice ren­dered its ser­vice, go­ing with he­li­copters to try and up­lift the peo­ple from points of dan­ger, we thank them,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. “We thank God for the heavy rains. Small rivers that had gone dry were full, our dams that had also gone dry in some places or too low are now spilling. “So, there is lots of water, water, water ev­ery­where now. So, it’s an­other phase of our Com­mand Agri­cul­ture. I do hope that we will do the same dur­ing the dry sea­son as we did dur­ing the wet sea­son.” The Gov­ern­ment re­cently ex­tended in­vi­ta­tions to hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tions and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to help in the re­build­ing of de­stroyed in­fra­struc­ture and pro­vi­sion of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to af­fected com­mu­ni­ties. It is es­ti­mated that re­fur­bish­ment of de­stroyed in­fra­struc­ture and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance will chew hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars. The United Na­tions of­fice in Zim­babwe and some non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions have al­ready in­di­cated their will­ing­ness to join hands with Gov­ern­ment in help­ing af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

LAW UNTO THEM­SELVES . . . Com­muter om­nibus drivers risk pas­sen­gers’ lives yes­ter­day as they evade a po­lice road­block by driv­ing against traf­fic along 3rd Av­enue, a one-way road in Makokoba, Bu­l­awayo

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