The fu­ture is bright, says ED

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Fari­rai Machivenyika in Zvisha­vane

THE fu­ture is bright af­ter the 2018 elec­tions re­newed the con­fi­dence of global pow­er­houses like China and the Euro­pean Union in Zim­babwe, with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity ready to as­sist the so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion agenda, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has said.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said this yes­ter­day to hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered at his Ma­panzure ru­ral home to cel­e­brate his Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion vic­tory.

He said the en­dorse­ment of the elec­tions by demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions such as Sadc, the African Union and the EU was a mile­stone in Zim­babwe’s quest to en­gage and re-en­gage the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and opened av­enues for eco­nomic co-op­er­a­tion.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said, “We had our elec­tions where we in­vited ob­servers from Sadc, the AU, the EU and other coun­tries. The ob­servers have com­mended the man­ner we con­ducted our elec­tions.

“France and Ger­many have sent min­is­ters to con­grat­u­late us and they in­di­cated that they want to work with us. This shows that where we are go­ing, we will have a bright fu­ture as our coun­try de­vel­ops.”

The Head of State and Gov­ern­ment also said: “Af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion we went to China with other African lead­ers for the Focac (Fo­rum on China-Africa Co-op­er­a­tion) meet­ing.

“The Chi­nese gave Africa $60 bil­lion meant for in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and we hope

to ben­e­fit from that fund. I also had a meet­ing with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Xin­ping and we agreed on a num­ber of is­sues, but they are not for pub­lic con­sump­tion.”

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said the elec­tions showed how much his ad­min­is­tra­tion had nur­tured demo­cratic space.

“Our elec­tions were peace­ful, ev­ery­one got the op­por­tu­nity to cam­paign,” he said. “In the past we used to have four or five par­ties con­test­ing, but be­cause of the open demo­cratic space, there were over 133 reg­is­tered par­ties and 55 con­tested the elec­tions, with 23 of those also con­test­ing the Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. And you elected me to be Pres­i­dent for the next five years and I thank you for that.”

The Pres­i­dent re­it­er­ated his call for the coun­try to re­main peace­ful and united, em­pha­sis­ing that this was nec­es­sary for de­vel­op­ment.

He said agri­cul­tural mech­a­ni­sa­tion and ir­ri­ga­tion were key to food se­cu­rity; and that his Gov­ern­ment was tar­get­ing gold pro­duc­tion to rise from the an­tic­i­pated record of 30 tonnes in 2018 to a new high of 100 tonnes in three years.

“What we are say­ing is that Zim­babwe should leapfrog and catch up with other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries but in do­ing so we don’t want cor­rup­tion,” he said. “We will fight cor­rup­tion with­out fear and favour; we will fight cor­rup­tion wher­ever it rears its ugly head.”

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said fol­low­ing his an­nounce­ment of his Cab­i­net line-up, he would next re­as­sign some for­mer min­is­ters to the rul­ing Zanu-PF’s party head­quar­ters.

“Some of you are ask­ing what hap­pened to the usual faces that you have been used to see­ing in Cab­i­net,” said the Pres­i­dent. “We are go­ing to ex­plain this com­ing week how we are go­ing to de­ploy those who did not make it Cab­i­net. We want some of them to work full-time for the party.”

He also said the Her­bert Chitepo Ide­o­log­i­cal Col­lege, headed by Cde Mun­yaradzi Machacha, would be en­hanced by the ap­point­ment of a board.

“We want to strengthen the party so that it re­mains supreme and gives di­rec­tion to Gov­ern­ment,” he ex­plained.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa scoffed at pri­vate me­dia re­ports of bad blood be­tween him and Vice-Pres­i­dent Dr Con­stantino Chi­wenga.

“Those who say hati­wiri­rane mis­oro yavo. Ndoz­va­vanoshu­vira asi hakuna zvakadaro,” he said.

Mean­while the Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa do­nated an am­bu­lance to Dam­budzo Clinic.

— Pic­ture by Tawanda Mudimu

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa and First Lady Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa show­case their dance moves dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions to mark the ZANU-PF leader’s vic­tory in the 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The event was held at Lundi Pri­mary School in Ma­panzure, Zvisha­vane yes­ter­day

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