‘Up­com­ing polls an op­por­tu­nity to re­de­fine, re­build Zim­babwe’

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cap­tains of in­dus­try, re­li­gious lead­ers, stu­dents and war vet­er­ans among oth­ers.

“In the pe­riod un­der re­view, guided by the mantra ‘Zim­babwe is open for busi­ness’ we be­gun a journey to re-en­gage with the rest of the world and end the close to 20 years of iso­la­tion in the bid to build po­lit­i­cal trust with the rest of the world and re­in­force our com­mit­ment for mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion as we strive to grow our econ­omy and de­liver a de­cent life for our peo­ple.

“Our in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions strat­egy is in­formed by the need to pro­mote in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, agri­cul­tural mech­a­ni­sa­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion, the de­vel­op­ment of modern in­fras­truc­ture and ICT as well as all other sec­tors in line with the cur­rent trends through­out the re­gion and be­yond,” he added.

The Zanu-PF First Sec­re­tary also told the Cen­tral Committee that the coun­try had re­ceived over $16 bil­lion in in­vest­ment com­mit­ments over the past six months. “I am con­fi­dent that in the near fu­ture, the or­di­nary peo­ple will be­gin to see the ben­e­fits of this timely strat­egy.

“We are de­ter­mined to work to­wards be­com­ing a mid­dle income coun­try, with the per capita income of $3 500, in­creased in­vest­ment, de­cent jobs, broad-based em­pow­er­ment, free from poverty and cor­rup­tion by 2030,” Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa added.

The Pres­i­dent also said Gov­ern­ment was work­ing flat out to re­solve the cash cri­sis say­ing over $200 mil­lion had been re­leased into the mar­ket but had been dwarfed by the ab­sence of a lo­cal cur­rency.

Turn­ing to party mat­ters, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said the pri­mary elec­tions had ex­posed short­com­ings within the party sys­tem, cadre ori­en­ta­tion and ground­ing.

“The pri­mary elec­tions process there­fore brought to the fore con­duct which is alien to the per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter of our revo­lu­tion­ary party. This in­cluded al­leged vote buy­ing, out­right ma­nip­u­la­tion of party pro­ce­dures, rules and reg­u­la­tions and dis­re­gard to the let­ter and spirit of the con­sti­tu­tion of our party.

“We noted with con­cern the un­bri­dled am­bi­tion demon­strated by some cadres of the party who were pre­pared to win, no mat­ter the costs. Ours is a revo­lu­tion­ary party, things are done ac­cord­ing to plans,” Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa added.

He said there was need to har­monise the party sys­tems to avoid a re­peat of the mis­takes.

“The de­vel­op­ments in the past months must em­bolden us to pro­mote fair­ness and jus­tice as a core and fun­da­men­tal val­ues within our revo­lu­tion­ary party. We should en­force our Con­sti­tu­tion, rules, reg­u­la­tions and pro­ce­dures as we seek to ad­min­is­ter our party affairs with im­par­tial­ity, al­ways safe­guard­ing the vi­tal in­ter­ests of the peo­ple,” Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said.

He said there was need to pro­mote dis­ci­pline, fol­low re­port­ing sys­tem and re­spect of party struc­tures.

The Pres­i­dent said the Polit­buro would con­sider pro­pos­als by the Women’s League that po­si­tions such as Sec­re­taries for Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Fi­nance and Com­mis­sariat in all the party wings be held by peo­ple on a full time ba­sis to en­sure smooth flow and co­or­di­nated ad­min­is­tra­tion of the party.

“As we head to­wards the crescendo of the elec­tion pe­riod, I am aware of the emo­tions as­so­ci­ated with this stage; I urge us all to carry out our cam­paigns in peace, love and unity. Let the peo­ple see a new face of our party though our good deeds, lan­guage and pos­i­tive en­ergy as we in­spire them to­wards bet­ter to­mor­row, to­wards the Zim­babwe we want,” he said.

“I urge us all there­fore to go out and mo­bilise for the re­sound­ing vic­tory of our party. We must read­ily ac­cept the or­gan­i­sa­tional ar­range­ments of our struc­tures as we move for­ward in unity.”

He re­it­er­ated that ev­ery­one was free to cam­paign un­der the new dis­pen­sa­tion and warned party cadres not to be dis­tracted from the ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive of re­viv­ing the econ­omy and im­prov­ing wel­fare of the peo­ple.

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