Peace, unity tonic for de­vel­op­ment: Pres­i­dent

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Her­ald Re­porter

ZIM­BAB­WEANS should re­main united and peace­ful and ig­nore calls to desta­bilise the coun­try that are be­ing made by some cit­i­zens that have fled jus­tice, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said yes­ter­day while com­mis­sion­ing a 32,2km du­alised stretch of the Harare-Masvingo-Beit­bridge high­way.

The Pres­i­dent said peace was a key in­gre­di­ent to na­tional pros­per­ity, fruits of which are al­ready be­ing seen in ex­ten­sive in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment across the coun­try, most of which un­der the de­vo­lu­tion con­cept.

“All this will be achieved un­der an en­vi­ron­ment of peace, tran­quil­lity, sta­bil­ity and love. That is the ba­sis that pro­vides de­vel­op­ment in a coun­try.

“We must re­main united, we must ig­nore the ram­blings of the fugi­tives who ran away from this coun­try and

fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing our coun­try for the ben­e­fit of our peo­ple,” said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

His call comes on the back of spir­ited calls for vi­o­lence mainly by some Zim­bab­weans liv­ing in South Africa, such as for­mer min­is­ters Saviour Ka­sukuwere, Wal­ter Mzembi and Pa­trick Zhuwao.

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo, who is un­der­stood to be based in Kenya where his wife comes from, is also one of the fugi­tives call­ing for vi­o­lent protests in Zim­babwe.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, which are backed morally and fi­nan­cially by Western em­bassies, prin­ci­pally the United States, have also upped calls for vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions in Zim­babwe.

This is de­spite the fact that Zim­bab­weans are gen­er­ally peace-lov­ing cit­i­zens, who re­sound­ingly ig­nored the July 31 demon­stra­tions.

The US has since added Sakunda Hold­ings and its CEO, Mr Kuda Tag­wirei, to the sanc­tions list in the vain hope of caus­ing fuel sup­ply dis­rup­tions, and po­ten­tially stoke vi­o­lent protests.

A num­ber of top US of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for African Af­fairs Mr Ti­bor Nagy, have re­cently openly sup­ported vi­o­lent up­ris­ings in Zim­babwe, aimed at over­throw­ing Zanu PF and Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Mr Obert Gutu told The Her­ald that sanc­tions have, of late, been used as a lethal tool for ef­fect­ing regime change in coun­tries whose lead­ers are dis­liked by big Western pow­ers.

“The un­der­ly­ing rea­son for sanc­tion­ing both Kuda Tag­wirei and Sakunda Hold­ings is meant to de­liver a chill­ing mes­sage to Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa and the Zanu PF Govern­ment that he leads, that we are com­ing for you,” he said.

“Es­sen­tially, this is a war cry. It’s a dec­la­ra­tion that mighty is right. Whilst I have got ab­so­lutely no man­date to speak for and on be­half of Kuda Tag­wirei and Sakunda Hold­ings, it is crys­tal clear that the real rea­son for im­pos­ing sanc­tions on th­ese two per­sons is to spite the Govern­ment of Zim­babwe for the per­ceived friend­ship be­tween Kuda Tag­wirei and pow­er­ful politi­cians in Zim­babwe.

“Tag­wirei and Sakunda Hold­ings are just be­ing used as col­lat­eral dam­age. The real in­ten­tion is to make Zim­babwe’s econ­omy scream and in the process, fo­ment civil un­rest that will ul­ti­mately lead to a pop­u­lar up­ris­ing against the Zanu PF Govern­ment.”

Mr Gutu said pow­er­ful Western coun­tries know that if they crip­ple Zim­babwe’s fuel sup­ply lines, the whole econ­omy will lit­er­ally scream.

He said the same strat­egy was tried in Venezuela but it “hope­lessly back­fired” both un­der the late Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez and the cur­rent Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro.

“This is the use of both hard and soft power in or­der to cause so­cio-eco­nomic may­hem in Zim­babwe. Pow­er­ful forces are at play and big money has been un­leashed to launch an un­prece­dented global main­stream and so­cial me­dia on­slaught against the Govern­ment of Zim­babwe.

“The stakes are ex­tremely high. It’s a do or die mis­sion. Be that as it may, the Govern­ment of Zim­babwe should con­tinue with its re-en­gage­ment pol­icy with all Western coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States.

“The world spot­light, through the un­re­lent­ing us­age of pow­er­ful main­stream global me­dia and huge fund­ing of so­cial me­dia ac­tivists, is now on Zim­babwe. The idea is to por­tray Zim­babwe as a rogue and pariah State in which the Govern­ment must be top­pled,” said Mr Gutu.

Part of the 16km stretch com­mis­sioned by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa at Bubi Town­ship in Mata­bele­land South Prov­ince yes­ter­day

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