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Mnangagwa finally breaks free of Mugabe shodow

14 Nov 2018 at 07:00hrs | Views
After 56 years of working under Mugabe, ED finally breaks free from the ambits of his master and successfully established himself in one year.  

November has become a month which will be remembered world wide as a month of the second Zimbabwe emancipation. The people of Zimbabwe saw the resignation of the man who has graced the space for over 37 years. His departure was greeted with mixed feelings. Time flies very fast one year down the line his name is completely off the national print and air space. ED has now occupied the space as the president of Zimbabwe.  President of Zimbabwe is about to finish his first year in the office. I was privileged to meet him few times and have noticed he does not want a strong hand shake. Maybe each time I met him I would be the last in line and he will be tired of shaking hands or he simply is different from the former.  

It is therefore difficult to be in ED's shoes this time of Zimbabwe. Every gesture he takes is compared to the former. So his first year in office has been a year of serious comparisons. Nothing he did or not do would not be compared to the former. Without respecting the political correctness ED is not a convincing speaker as Mugabe was. But ED is a doer and he means his words. His actions speaks eloquently than the spoken words. In that comparison mood I should say i was very lucky to have met the two presidents one on one. In that respect my comments on both based on my personal interactions with both.

The first year in office  was in any language on earth a successful and eventful year. It has put the nation on a progressive path.

We should state that ED had an  enormous privilege and honour to be trusted with the government of this country and he is deeply conscious of that privilege and honour at this time. While he leads the nation he as-well leads  ZANU PF the ruling party and the party of the people. ZANU PF has been transformed in serious positive ways.

While ED concentrates on delivering to the nation he is faced with a gigantic task of winning the economy.

ZANU PF set its priority on economy and on the people while the coalition of the opposition rushed to America to beg for more sanctions. The first year in office has seen a great change on the political landscape. Ed managed to hold free and fair elections. It was the first of its kind where people chose and campaigned for the parties they wanted without fear.

This was the year where ED played economy and not politics. While most people are not happy that president is not addressing the nation on the state of the economy or even the state of the nation, it should be noted that ED is not RG. PEOPLE are comparing how RG would have reacted in this situation. It is high time people should allow Mnangagwa to be himself. Addressing the nation is not more important than addressing the problems. Mnangagwa is a quite person who only open his mouth when he has things under control.  

Unlike the prayers of MDC pastor leader that the economy be sprayed with sand Surely to his prayers America agreed with Chamisa to extend the suffering of the populace of Zimbabwe.  The trip of shame by Chamisa and his shameless team is causing more suffering to Zimbabweans. Again to add trouble to ED's first year MDC. Is doing everything to sabotage the economy.  

It is clear Witchcraft that the way Zimbabweans have suffered and that ED is fighting to lift the lives of many up the opposition wedges an anchor to keep the people of Zimbabwe in poverty. Who in his wisdom goes around begging for sanctions against his own country. Who feigns kidnap and pray to the outside world to punish Zimbabwe. Logic and experience must tell us that it is the grass which suffers when two elephants fight.  

Chamisa told the nation that Trump promised him 15 billion if he sales out. He begged the nation to betray the freedom by voting him in.

Who in his senses can vote for those holding you at ransom.  Those who promise to throttle you until you vote them in. The opposition is irresponsible and totally inhuman. Now they are celebrating that Zimbabweans are suffering. If they have a clue to our economic problems ED is a listening president.

We should say this word about our opponents in the election,
Even though obviously We profoundly disagreed with many of the things they may have said during the course of this campaign, We hope they must show extraordinary stoicism and resilience in very difficult circumstances and we say to them never sale your country for power like Chamisa and his bandits.

2018 should was a remarkable and historic victory for our party ZANU PF but ZANU PF is in no doubt at all as to what it means.

Soon after elections our economy took a dip to the amusement of the opposition. It is only a fool who celebrates when the house is on fire. The first year in office has brought in sharp difficulties to the people. Price hikes food shortages and cash shortages. These are only birth pains. The sufferings are the foundations of prosperity and national development.

ED was given a mandate for reform and for investment in the future and it is also very clearly an instruction to deliver.

ZANU PF has learnt many things over the past 37 years now it is a changed outfit. People voted for experience not for excitement. ZANU PF has learnt from the mistakes as well as the good things.

But above all else ZANU PF has learnt of the importance of establishing the clear priorities of government, of setting them out clearly for people and then focusing on them relentlessly whatever events may come and go.

We believe there is an even greater obligation on us, on ED to tell people very clearly what are the difficult choices and challenges we face and how we work our way through them and that we will try to do. The problems we are seeing now we will not see them again.

On the foundation of a weak economy, we need to make it strong. We need to make sure that our economy will be as strong as possible.

But then on top of that we need to start building the economy of the future based on skills and talents and education and the application of technology, knowing that for this country in the future the forces of global competition and technological change mean that we can only compete on the basis of skill and ability, not low wages.

And then, we have the critical importance of investment in, and reform of, our public services, most particularly our Health service our education system and our transport system.

Again here, from talking to people, from meeting them, from hearing their concerns over the past year that they may applaud the direction in which we wish to go, but they want us to do it as fast and as profoundly as we possibly can and that again is an obligation that we must discharge. ZANU PF has that stamina and is there for reliability.  

In our welfare system we need change too. We need to create employment and make those able be busy bodies.

Then there is the reform of our criminal justice system. There is no issue that touches our citizens more deeply than crime and law and order on our streets and we need to make the changes there so that we have a criminal justice system that punishes the criminal, but also offers those convicted of crime the chance to rehabilitate and get their way out of a life of crime.

ZANU PF has started a serious war on corruption. This year has seen high profile arrests. There was a prosecutorial shakeup which positions our justice system to an efficient discharge of their duties. It needs to revamp the prosecution department to make it able to deal with the criminals in order to ins-till confidence in our justice system. The arrest of high profile figures has shown that ED does not  only talk but surely he hits the ground running. He has instituted drastic changed in our economy. This might have a gloomy and painful road but a bright and beautiful ending.  

These changes will not be easy. But Zimbabwe is a very special country and its people are a very special people and our very best quality is our ability, when we need to do so, to face up to and overcome the challenge of change.

All those changes are for one purpose and that again is the purpose that was set out in the first year of leading and will try to set out again in the years to come.

And the purpose of each and every change that we make must be this - to create a society which is a genuine open, meritocratic nation where we have laid to one side the old adage about knowing your place and where the only place that any man, woman or child knows is the place that their talents take them, where we create a country genuinely where not just a few people at the top, but everyone, every one of our citizens gets the chance to fulfil their true potential. Where you are given a job not because of where you come from.
 
The first year was for ZANU PF to find itself and now is all out to put the country back to its economic glory.  It will be painful but the nation must take solace in the fact that all good endings have bad startings.

Development has started we must not disturb it by making unnecessary marches, protests and listening to inexperienced untried clowns who are promised fifteen Billion by Trump.

The life of our children is in our hands. It is in your hands. We must learn to swim with crocodiles in-order to reach there.  We have come this far by perseverance and we must have the strength of patience.

The first year of every president is categorised by pain and suffering. But it is beamed with rays of comfort to know that it is only a beginning which will come to an end.

The first year of ED ushers a lot of hope for or future our children. It has opened doors of investment. Zimbabwe is indeed open for business.
It is the first time in Zimbabwe that bigwigs are brought enmass to court to answer for their deeds.

After the disturbances of 1st August 2018 where six lives where lost. ED called all walks of social divide to a Commission of Enquiry. This is to show how open ED deals with the sensitive issues. In one year he has opened closed doors, he has reestablished the rule of law. In his leadership he has put Zimbabwe to its national status and claimed a place in the international arena.

ED's first year in office has been a challenging one but a step in the right direction.
 
Vazet2000@yahoo.co.uk

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