Let’s give ED a chance to turn around Zim

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Cartoon, Q & A & Opinion - Eli­jah Chi­hota Correspondent

Hav­ing re­alised that people were all about pol­i­tics, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa adopted the new thrust of putting the econ­omy ahead of pol­i­tics un­like the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion where ev­ery­thing cen­tred on pol­i­tics.

FOR a long time, Zim­babwe was a coun­try in the wilder­ness with lit­tle tak­ing place, but since Novem­ber 24, 2017 when Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa took over the levers of pow­ers, things started to tick.

He em­barked on the re-en­gage­ment route to en­sure that Zim­babwe is re-in­te­grated into the com­mu­nity of na­tions and moves on with the rest of the world.

Re-in­te­gra­tion into the global com­mu­nity im­proves the chances of the coun­try in se­cur­ing the much-needed ac­cess to lines of credit, for­eign direct in­vest­ment and for­eign cur­rency.

In or­der to cre­ate an even po­lit­i­cal play­ing field, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa opened po­lit­i­cal space which al­lowed all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to carry out their cam­paigns freely through­out the coun­try, in­clud­ing the ru­ral ar­eas, which were hith­erto con­sid­ered no-go ar­eas.

This made the last elec­tion the most free and fair one since 1980.

The var­i­ous ob­server teams had no choice ex­cept to en­dorse it as such.

On September 14, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa ap­pointed a 20-mem­ber Cab­i­net which has a rich mix­ture of tech­nocrats, the young and new min­is­ters.

A cross sec­tion of Zim­bab­weans ex­pressed hope in the new Cab­i­net, which is ex­pected to steer the Zim­bab­wean econ­omy from the cur­rent dol­drums.

For­mer Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter David Coltart was com­pelled to com­ment pos­i­tively on the new Cab­i­net.

“Brief com­ment on new #Zim Cab­i­net - (it is) good that is only 20, (with) no (for­mer min­is­ters) Mpofu or Chi­na­masa. Good Fi­nance and Sports Min­is­ters in (Prof Mthuli) Ncube and @KirstyCoven­try. So over­all, (this is) an im­prove­ment on the last one. I am al­ways happy to give credit where it is due”, tweeted Coltart.

Jour­nal­ist and film maker Hopewell Chin’ono ex­pressed op­ti­mism on the new Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Mthuli Ncube and his abil­ity to de­liver.

“Fi­nan­cial literacy is why I am ex­cited about Mthuli Ncube’s ap­point­ment at the Fi­nance min­istry be­cause he un­der­stands money,” Chin’ono posted on his Face­book page.

In typ­i­cal op­po­si­tion be­hav­iour, MDC-Al­liance leader Nel­son Chamisa re­fused to recog­nise the widely-ac­cepted Cab­i­net.

“An il­le­git­i­mate Pres­i­dent can’t pos­si­bly ap­point a le­git­i­mate Cab­i­net. Two fresh ap­ples can­not re­deem a rot­ten bas­ket! The real deal is com­ing!,” Chamisa tweeted in an ap­par­ent sour-grapes re­sponse.

The no-non­sense Al­pha Me­dia Hold­ings (AMH) owner, Trevor Ncube, did not take kindly to Chamisa’s re­sponse.

“You des­per­ately need help young man. You are a dan­ger to your­self and to the young people who think you are a leader,” Ncube tweeted.

In terms of gen­der bal­ance, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has upped the num­ber of women by appointing six min­is­ters, three deputy min­is­ters and five Min­is­ters of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs.

For a start, this is com­mend­able as it has given women a bet­ter foothold in pol­i­tics and stake in de­cid­ing mat­ters re­lat­ing to fel­low women.

As a lis­ten­ing Pres­i­dent, he has heeded pub­lic calls to in­tro­duce fresh blood into the Cab­i­net.

As a re­sult, he brought new faces and re­tired the old guard to take up full-time jobs at the party head­quar­ters.

Those re­tired in­clude Dr Obert Mpofu, Pa­trick Chi­na­masa, Paul Mang­wana and Am­bas­sador Si­mon Khaya Moyo among oth­ers.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has also ad­dressed the racial im­bal­ance is­sue by rop­ing in Kirsty Coven­try and Van­ge­lis Har­i­tatos as Min­is­ter of Youth, Sport, Arts and Re­cre­ation and Deputy Min­is­ter of Lands, Agri­cul­ture, Wa­ter, Cli­mate and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment, re­spec­tively.

The last white Zim­bab­wean to sit in Cab­i­net as a min­is­ter was the late Dr Timothy Stamps, who was the Health Min­is­ter from 1990 to 2002.

Hav­ing re­alised that people were all about pol­i­tics, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa adopted the new thrust of putting the econ­omy ahead of pol­i­tics un­like the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion where ev­ery­thing cen­tred on pol­i­tics.

As a re­sult, the July 30, 2018 vic­tory spoke for it­self as the elec­torate gave Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa a fresh man­date to run the coun­try for the next five years.

Civil ser­vants who were un­sure of their pay dates are now smil­ing all the way to banks as their salaries are now be­ing paid in time and the same ap­plies to pen­sion pay­ments.

In­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment has been placed top of the pri­or­ity list of the new dis­pen­sa­tion.

Since Novem­ber, there has been a marked im­prove­ment on the resur­fac­ing of roads in ur­ban ar­eas as well as ru­ral ar­eas.

Dual­i­sa­tion of the Harare-Mutare High­way bears tes­ti­mony to the good lead­er­ship and shrewd busi­ness acu­men of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

Other in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ments in­clude the re­newed fo­cus on bridge and dam com­ple­tion to en­sure that projects such as the Marovany­ati Dam in Buhera Dis­trict are com­pleted.

The ex­pan­sion of the Beit­bridge Bor­der Post into a mod­ern port of en­try has al­ready started and it is ex­pected to fa­cil­i­tate fast clear­ance of both hu­man and ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

On the agri­cul­tural front, which is one of the pil­lars of our econ­omy, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has cham­pi­oned Com­mand Agri­cul­ture, Com­mand Fish­eries and Com­mand Live­stock as well as the Pres­i­den­tial Well Wish­ers In­puts Sup­port Scheme.

To this end, a con­sid­er­able num­ber of people have re­ceived their in­puts ahead of the farm­ing sea­son, un­like in past sea­sons when they came late.

Given this im­pres­sive per­for­mance record, Zim­bab­weans need to give the Pres­i­dent a chance to en­able him to roll out his vi­sion of not only turn­ing the econ­omy around, but also at­tain a mid­dle-class econ­omy by 2030.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa needs ev­ery ounce of sup­port that ev­ery Zim­bab­wean can give for the greater good of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tions and pos­ter­ity.

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