Look­ing for­ward to a bet­ter New Year

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THE year 2017 has been an event­ful one, punc­tu­ated with in­ter­est­ing de­vel­op­ments on the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic front.

Zim­bab­weans en­dured a lot and as we en­ter 2018 many are hope­ful that things will change for the bet­ter and peo­ple look for­ward to smile again.

Al­though the coun­try was fac­ing a myr­iad of chal­lenges eco­nom­i­cally, the suc­cess of Com­mand Agri­cul­ture which re­sulted in a bumper har­vest of unimag­in­able pro­por­tions sig­nalled the be­gin­ning of bet­ter things to come.

By pro­duc­ing more maize, which is the main­stay of our sta­ple diet, the coun­try had man­aged to fight hunger and save mil­lions of dol­lars that were pre­vi­ously used to im­port the same in re­cent years. It meant a big cut on our ex­pen­di­ture.

It is in 2017 that the Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced bond notes in a bid to solve the liq­uid­ity cri­sis as well as pre­serve scarce for­eign cur­rency for im­por­tant trans­ac­tions.

Al­though many were scep­ti­cal in the ini­tial stages of their in­tro­duc­tion, the notes stood their ground and helped the coun­try solve im­mi­nent prob­lems that were haunting our fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tor.

How­ever, the long bank queues did not dis­ap­pear and are still a com­mon fea­ture as we en­ter the new year.

De­pos­i­tors are spend­ing hours to ac­cess their hard earned cash and it is the wish of every­one that the au­thor­i­ties put an end to this night­mare and usher in a new dis­pen­sa­tion in the fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tor.

With cash short­ages per­sist­ing and for­eign cur­rency be­com­ing scarce, the black mar­ket thrived. Il­le­gal money chang­ers quickly sur­faced on the streets and their ac­tiv­i­ties re­sulted in price hikes be­cause traders were now buy­ing ex­pen­sive money on the black mar­ket.

Con­se­quently, in­no­cent cus­tomers bore the brunt of all this mess in the form of price hikes.

With Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa as­sum­ing power amidst the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of a trou­bled econ­omy, many shed tears of joy hop­ing for a new dis­pen­sa­tion.

He brought back pub­lic con­fi­dence and Zim­bab­weans now be­lieve that the for­tunes of the coun­try can be turned around for the en­joy­ment of all.

His in­au­gu­ral speech was very promis­ing and judg­ing by the way he is run­ning the coun­try in the few days he has been at the helm, Zim­bab­weans are des­tined for bet­ter things to come.

It is our con­sid­ered view that as we en­ter 2018, we need to be pos­i­tive and work hard to achieve bet­ter.

The prob­lems we are fac­ing as a coun­try can only be solved if we work as a unit.

At this mo­ment, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa need sup­port­ers and not haters who are hell bent to de­stroy­ing any­thing pos­i­tive that hap­pens to this na­tion.

Let’s ac­cord him the chance to prove his met­tle and take this coun­try to new heights. He is a proven hard worker and he walks the talk.

We have so many ex­pec­ta­tions as a coun­try and the New Year must be dif­fer­ent. Old prac­tices that were pulling us back must be left be­hind chief among them cor­rup­tion.

The Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion must up its game and show the na­tion that it means busi­ness.

We hope that our po­lice force has sobered up and must now work hard to bring back lost pub­lic con­fi­dence. Po­lice of­fi­cers must shun bribery and work in har­mony with com­mu­ni­ties and not the cat-and-mouse sce­nario preva­lent in 2017.

We must put our hands and heads to­gether, and work in uni­son, so that Zim­babwe will re­claim its right­ful po­si­tion on the globe.

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