VP Mphoko’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion mis­sion

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Bulawayo Bureau

VICE-PRES­I­DENT Phelekezela Mphoko yes­ter­day met white busi­ness peo­ple in Bulawayo as part of his na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion man­date and mis­sion to re­sus­ci­tate in­dus­tries in the city.

VP Mphoko has been hold­ing such meet­ings since 2015.

In an in­ter­view with our Bulawayo Bureau af­ter the in­ter­face, the VP was op­ti­mistic of elab­o­rate co-oper­a­tion be­tween Gov­ern­ment and the busi­ness peo­ple.

“Now, we are meet­ing be­cause I am the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Na­tional Peace, Heal­ing and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion; it is now a straight-for­ward re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

“We met to dis­cuss the hand of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ex­tended by the Pres­i­dent to the white com­mu­nity. There­fore, I am mak­ing a fol­low-up on the is­sue.”

VP Mphoko said white farm­ers were keen to take up op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented to them.

“They are say­ing a num­ber of things. They saw the op­por­tu­ni­ties and took them. As min­is­ters, we have to ex­plain to them, hence they are now com­ing for­ward.

“(Jim Ross) God­dard and (Peter) Cunningham gave tes­ti­monies of what they have seen, their chal­lenges and achieve­ments since a hand was ex­tended to them. This is why there is an in­ter­est, the cake is for everybody.”

VP Mphoko also said there is noth­ing wrong with whites tak­ing up po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions, in­clud­ing be­ing min­is­ters, adding that they are free to at­tend the forth­com­ing Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face in Bulawayo.

Mr Ray­mond Roth, one of the busi­ness­men at the meet­ing, said such in­ter­ac­tions are im­por­tant.

“As com­mu­ni­ties, we need to work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of the city and the coun­try as a whole. The ini­tia­tive set by the VP to call us to­gether has been an ex­cep­tional ex­am­ple that Gov­ern­ment wants to work with the peo­ple,” he said.

“We are happy that our con­cerns are be­ing heard by the right per­son, the Vice-Pres­i­dent.”

Mr God­dard added: “The meet­ing went well. It shows that VP Mphoko wants to help the peo­ple. We need to live in har­mony de­spite where we come from, our lan­guage, re­li­gion or colour. We need to work for the bet­ter­ment of the na­tion and al­le­vi­ate poverty.”

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