VP Mo­hadi blasts for­mer min­is­ters

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Brian Chitemba Harare Bu­reau

CAB­I­NET Min­is­ters un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe’s ad­min­is­tra­tion ne­glected Gov­ern­ment du­ties as they spent most of their time at farms, Vice-Pres­i­dent Kembo Mo­hadi said yes­ter­day.

Of­fi­cially open­ing a multi-mil­lion Yadah Mar­ble Fac­tory in Harare, Cde Mo­hadi said un­der the old dis­pen­sa­tion, Min­is­ters had a lack­adaisi­cal ap­proach to work but things have changed un­der Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Yadah Mar­ble was founded by Prophetic, Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance leader Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya. VP Mo­hadi said, “Yadah Mar­ble has ev­ery rea­son to be happy about Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa and his Cab­i­net’s busi­ness friendly poli­cies; these guys are very for­ward look­ing. Yes­ter­day, when we were un­der a dif­fer­ent dis­pen­sa­tion, they were not for­ward look­ing at all, they spent much time at their farms. I hardly saw him (In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­is­ter Mike Bhimha) in his of­fice, I was in the 20th floor and he was in 11th floor. He used to be at his farm, I used to see his cat­tle in Chivhu on my way to Beit­bridge. We hardly go to see those an­i­mals now. So it’s not busi­ness as usual, we work, work and work. Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s mantra is to see Zim­babwe pro­duce world class goods. We want to make the short­age of for­eign cur­rency a thing of the past by gen­er­at­ing more ex­ports than we im­port.”

Cde Mo­hadi said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has opened a new ex­cit­ing chap­ter in the run­ning of na­tional af­fairs since tak­ing of­fice last Novem­ber. He said the new dis­pen­sa­tion has cre­ated hope in im­prov­ing daily lives of the pub­lic.

“The Pres­i­dent has come up with a new slo­gan, which says ‘Zim­babwe is open for busi­ness’. This mantra is di­rected at lo­cals as much as it is di­rected at for­eign­ers. He (Pres­i­dent) flew all the way to Switzer­land in the snowy moun­tains of the Alps where he de­liv­ered a sweet mes­sage that Zim­babwe is open for busi­ness and that we wel­come all for­eign in­vest­ments. The global cap­tains of fi­nance in Davos wel­comed this clar­ion call.

“As I am talk­ing to you now, the three months that we have been in of­fice, we have man­aged to at­tract in­vest­ments to the tune of a lit­tle bit over US$3 bil­lion. Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa made a very per­ti­nent de­ci­sion, an­nounced at a busi­ness meet­ing at Meik­les, spe­cial eco­nomic zones have to be taken beyond geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions. VaM­nan­gagwa said as long as there is a re­source in an area, we can des­ig­nate an eco­nomic zone such as Zis­cos­teel.

Cde Mo­hadi praised Prophet Ma­gaya for re­spond­ing to the busi­ness friendly en­vi­ron­ment through the US$17 mil­lion Yadah Mar­ble Fac­tory which will pro­duce 4 000 tonnes of mar­ble per month and an­nual earn­ings of US$100 mil­lion in the first year.

“This is sweet news to Trea­sury and the Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe. By the same to­ken, it is boon to our un­em­ployed youths, jobs will be cre­ated at the fac­tory, in the mines and trans­port ser­vices,” said the VP.

“We ap­plaud Prophet Ma­gaya for the pos­i­tive re­sponse to the busi­ness call by our Pres­i­dent Cde Mnan­gagwa. Gov­ern­ment is happy that Yadah Mar­ble is giv­ing a new lease of life to our fac­tory premises. Souther­ton will now be alive from the noise and smoke from the fac­tory. The mes­sage to other in­dus­tri­al­ists is very clear, rush to Zim­babwe and in­vest in our in­dus­tries.”

Min­is­ter Bimha said the new fac­tory showed that even lo­cals could turn­around the econ­omy through mean­ing­ful in­vest­ments. He said if lo­cals ex­port more goods, the for­eign cur­rency short­ages will be ad­dressed in no time.

“This new fac­tory will cre­ate 3 000 jobs and there is mod­ern equip­ment, it shows that it can be done,” said Min­is­ter Bimha.

Prophet Ma­gaya said Yadah Mar­bles is op­er­at­ing 28 mines and ex­tract­ing 45 dif­fer­ent types of mar­bles.

“We ex­pect a turnover of US$100 mil­lion in the first year and US$200 mil­lion in the fol­low­ing year. Yadah Mar­bles will be the big­gest com­pany to pro­duce mar­ble prod­ucts in the world,” he said.

Impilo Re­vival Trust do­nated med­i­cal equip­ment to Impilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day. Present at the han­dover cer­e­mony was (from left) Rtd Col Tshinga Dube, Impilo Re­vival Trust founder Mrs Judy Olinga, Clr for Ward 8 Mrs Sheilla Mu­sonda and Mpilo...

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