Congress to tackle burning issues

President Mugabe shakes hands with Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander General Constantino Chiwenga  before addressing the nation in Harare yesterday. -Picture by Innocent Makawa

President Mugabe shakes hands with Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander General Constantino Chiwenga before addressing the nation in Harare yesterday. -Picture by Innocent Makawa

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
President Mugabe has admitted that there is a crisis in the country and concerns raised by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and citizens relating to the state of the economy are genuine.

In a televised State of the Nation address at State House last night, President Mugabe said Zimbabwe would now chart a new path aimed at restoring normalcy in the country.

His address followed a meeting he held with military commanders yesterday that focused on several issues both at Government and party levels.

President Mugabe, who was flanked by the service chiefs, admitted that Zanu-PF was also facing challenges that required attention that would be dealt with at the forthcoming Extraordinary Congress that he said he would preside over.

“As I address you, I am also aware of a whole range of concerns which have come from you all citizens of our great country, and who thus deserve our untrammelled attention,” he said.

“Today’s meeting with the command element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy, so all our people can go about their business unhindered, in an environment of perfect peace and security, assured that law and order obtain and prevail as before, and endure well into the future.”

President Mugabe continued: “Among the issues discussed is that relating to our economy which, as we all know, is going through a difficult patch. Of greater concern to our Commanders are the well-founded fears that the lack of unity and commonness of purpose in both party and Government was translating into perceptions of inattentiveness to the economy.

“Open public spats between high-ranking officials in the party and Government, exacerbated by multiple, conflict messages from the party and Government, made the criticisms levelled against us inescapable. Amidst all this, flagship projects already adopted by Government stood stalled or mired in needless controversies. All this now has to stop, as we inaugurate a new work culture and pace which will show a strong sense of purpose and commitment to turning around the economy in terms of our policy, ZimAsset.

“Government remains committed to improving the social and material conditions of the people. Government will soon unveil an entrepreneurial skills and business development programme which will empower and unleash gainful projects at our growth points and rural areas.”

President Mugabe said all issues raised concerning the party would be attended to.

“In respect of the party issues raised both by the Commanders and by the general membership of Zanu-PF, these, too stand acknowledged,” he said.

“They have to be attended to with a greater sense of urgency. However, I am aware that as a party of liberation, Zanu-PF has, over the years, written elaborate rules and procedures that guide the operations of all its organs and personnel. Indeed the current criticism raised against it by the Command element and some of its members have arisen from a well-founded perception that the party is stretching or even failing its own rules.

“There has to be a net return to the guiding principles of our party, as enshrined in its constitution, which must apply fairly and equitably in all situations and before all members. The era of victimisation and arbitrary decisions must be put behind us as we all embrace a new ethos predicated on the supreme law of our party, and nourished by an abiding sense of camaraderie.

“To all this must be a general recognition that Zanu-PF is a party of traditions, and has been served by successive generations who are bound together by shared ideals and values which must continue to reign supreme in our nation. Hints of inter-generation conflict must be resolved through a harmonised melding of old, established players as they embrace and welcome new ones through a well-defined sense of hierarchy and succession. Indeed, all these matters will be discussed and settled at the forthcoming Congress, within the framework of a clear roadmap that seeks to resolve once and for all any omissions or contradictions that have affected our party negatively.

“The Congress is due in a few weeks from now. I will preside over its processes which must not be prepossessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise its outcomes in the eyes of the public.”

President Mugabe said it should be cherished that Zimbabwe was born out a protracted liberation struggle and heroes of that war should be remembered and taken care of.

Commenting on the intervention by the ZDF to contain a potentially volatile situation the country President Mugabe said: “The operation I alluded to did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order. Nor was it a challenge to my authority as Head of State and Government. Not even as Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. To the man, the Command element remained respectful, and comported with the dictates and mores of constitutionalism.”

Pin It
  • Kwangwari Gwayendepi

    Women have proved to be the downfall of mighty man since time immemorial. The president thought it was more important to please his wife at the expense of doing what was right for the country. It’s a shame.

  • Garwe

    This is something else. Herald letting you publish such a comment and others! Wow!!! masoja akanaka shuwa

  • SlackJawedYokel

    We are lost and confused, can we get a press conference from the generals, please? Please explain to the nation what’s going on here?

    • VanaVedu

      Chiwenga was caught on TV camera hiding another Mugabe speech under his chair. He may explain why he secretly did so.

  • patrick muvingi

    who will help you to do that in zimbabwe , the fire ignited against mugabe is coming from zanupf . zanupf is not collapsing its actually strengthening itself by reason of these developments. the opposition should not fool itself there is no government that will exist without the revolutionaries for quite some time in the future.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      True ,true ZANU PF will emerge stronger from the current political dust. Our central committee has learned from past mistakes . The constitution needs fine tuning. All leaders must be elected and so called one center power abolished. We should not create provisions that can be abused by a leader. We have learned from our mistakes.

      • Schuitman Jeroen Laurens

        Its a bit late to realise that now isnt it? Why does the party lack balls to intervene when it was paramount? It is the party who voted willingly to carry out the politics of destruction. Everyone was sharing how bad things would unfold but no one had the balls to stand up. And now you say you have learned from your mistakes. I am sorry to say but in my view the party is suffering from dementia for decades.

  • Batai Munhu

    The ZDF must investigate the issue of the missing 15 billion diamonds. I suspect the loot was smuggled to Hong Kong.

  • yowe

    I feel betrayed..

  • John Kachasu

    Watch a movie called Chiraq starring Nick Cannon.

  • Duke-General Hacha

    A bond resignation.
    Kunge mari chaiyo-chaiyo asi yoita kunge isiri mari.
    Resignation kunge resignation kunge isiri
    Coup yacho kunge coup kunge isiri
    ZveZimbabwe ndezve bond chete-chete

  • Schuitman Jeroen Laurens

    He is aware of everything though he does not seem to understand that he is the one who is blocking progress. Zimbabwe deserves so much more!

  • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

    a very presidential speech full of unprecedented words of insouciance and dispassion

  • yowe

    I am trying but i feel the army is going to betray the nation.Their intention is clearly not have Mugabe leaving now but rather having ED back.After that will there be a transitional government or Zanu Pf continues to rule?? I feel very betrayed the wishes of Zimbabweans are not part of these negotiations its just an internal succession process.