I’ll honour promises: President

President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
ZANU-PF is going to deliver on promises made to the people during its highly subscribed and successful election campaign, President Mugabe has said. Addressing the party’s first Politburo meeting after the crunch elections, President Mugabe, who is also the Zanu-PF First Secretary and President, said the promises were genuine.
The revolutionary party promised to improve the welfare of civil servants and create employment based on its indigenisation and empowerment principles.

“With that victory, which is only a continuation of our freedom, our task is to look ahead. What we say we shall do, we will do. Where in the past, I mean the immediate past has tended to be retrogressive during the inclusive Government, we need to raise the standard of living of our people.

“But to do that we have to remain and stand firm . . . and all the time we must take into account our policy of indigenisation and empowerment. We need to look at our sectors and see how we can improve.

“We promised to resuscitate life in industry; companies that died must be resurrected; those that are about to collapse must be made to stand firm; new ones must rise and all the time we must take into account our policy of indigenisation and empowerment and get our people into employment, into self-employment, into situations where they can start their own business.”

He said the country should stay abreast of technology and not allow itself to lag behind.
The new Government would look at all the sectors and see how they can improve their performance by re-organising to make them productive.

“Stay abreast of the times in technology and do not allow yourselves to lag behind as other countries have tended to do.
“Look out at our sectors and we will see how we can improve their performance and re-organise them so that we can have better control of them than we have at present.

“If you look at our manufacturing sector, it was companies yes, belonging to those powers which had them. But we have to look at them in terms of what really needs to be improved and how they can be made productive.

“Look at the mining sector. It is not just diamond and platinum. Gold mines are all across the country, gold claims lie all over.
“Let’s have our people exploit those mines, but exploit them in a manner which assures that the wealth therefore, the products and their earnings from those entities become our wealth by and large and not the wealth of those countries that have in the past exploited us.

“Our people die in mines not for the wealth that was ours, but the wealth that is somebody else’s. That must cease.”
President Mugabe, who is also the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said the crushing victory by Zanu-PF was a defeat of Zimbabwe’s Western enemies bent on effecting illegal regime change.

“We are happy that we have dealt the enemy a blow and the enemy is not Tsvangirai.
“Tsvangirai is a mere part of the enemy. The enemy is he who is behind Tsvangirai, who is behind the MDC, the British and their allies.

“Those are the ones who were the real enemies. Those whom we have knocked down. They (Western countries) are quite a strange people. To them principles do not matter, even pledges do not mean anything . . . they are never honest.”

President Mugabe said the West had initially said if the elections were going to be free and fair, then they would consider removal of sanctions.
“But now even as the whole of Africa is sending us messages of congratulations to say well done, they say the elections were not free. And where are they talking from? London, Washington, Canberra and Ottawa.

“To tell the truth, you do not understand what animals these are. You can never rely on their words. Never ever.”
President Mugabe said Britain and its Western allies were only angling for regime change and nothing short of it was not free and fair.

“Of course, with them elections would have been free and fair if the MDC had won. But because it is Zanu-PF, Robert Mugabe heading the party, no. Because it is regime change they are aiming for.”

President Mugabe said Zimbabwe would precisely do the opposite of what the West wished for.
He said the West had no right to determine what was good and bad for the people of Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe said the results of the 31 July harmonised elections were a huge lesson for the Western imperialists.
He said the whole of Africa was inquiring when the country would have victory celebrations for them to come and show their solidarity.

“Africa is saying tell us the day of the inauguration we want to come. (Ugandan President Yoweri) Museveni has been phoning. They want to come for the inauguration and demonstrate solidarity.

“We thank them for the solidarity they have given us. We assure them of our own friendship and our own solidarity in return. We remain true to the ideals of co-operation.”

President Mugabe expressed gratitude to the UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-Moon.
“The insane men of London, Washington and Ottawa, those we leave to the gods. We understand next door we also have a country that will not step with the rest of Africa. This we should not worry much about it,” he said.

Cde Mugabe urged party members to be patient as his inauguration and the swearing in of Members of Parliament and Cabinet ministers would only take place after seven or 14 days due to a constitutional requirement that provided those who wished to challenge the results with an opportunity to do so.

“Whether they do so or not, we will have seven days after that to make it 14, I understand. Whether they go to court or not thereafter we can have our inauguration.
“Fourteen days is what is given as the time, thereafter we can look at the day in which our inauguration can take place and so we should have the patience to wait.

“I cannot say what’s happening in the MDC camp. There is all confusion and talking this, talking that, all rubbish . . . thinking that things which are impossible are possible. Wishes never are horses. So we had to wait but we are very happy that we have defeated the enemy.”

President Mugabe said Zanu-PF has done much to empower people since independence.
He said the revolutionary party introduced an education policy that had seen Zimbabwe becoming the country with the highest literacy rate in Africa.

He said the party also initiated the land reform programme that had benefited thousands of black people.
He said Zanu-PF exploited blunders made by the MDC formations in the inclusive Government to devise its winning strategies.

President Mugabe said Zanu-PF introduced several policies that had benefited people in an exceptional way.
“We introduced policies that assisted the lives of people immensely and in a positive way,” he said.

“We addressed the issue of ignorance through our education policies. We have addressed the issue of ownership of our resources through the land reform programme. We have addressed the fact of development of our natural resources in order for our people now to benefit from the fight they have won.

“That is the fight which is ongoing, to get our people well provided with benefits from the natural resources and that is giving them a better state, making them wealth where they were poor. We addressed the issue of development by providing programmes that are aimed at promoting various sectors of the country.

“Land — we have resettlement programmes, we have A1 and A2 commercial farmers and these programmes are ongoing,” said President Mugabe.
Through its policies, he said, Zanu-PF addressed industrial issues.

In this regard, the revolutionary party touched on issues relating to employer-employee relations.
“We supported the industry financially . . . we supported the relations also between the workers and the employers in the industry. We established trade unions and made them one where they were probably three competing organisations.”

President Mugabe said the MDC formations had no agenda except getting into power.
He said the MDC-T was so simple minded as to believe that by joining Sadc or any other international organisation, Zimbabwe had completely surrendered its sovereignty.

Zimbabwe was open to friendship and alliances on a reciprocal basis and joined organisations that would recongise its sovereignty as well the sovereignty of other countries on an equal basis. President Mugabe said Zanu-PF had much more to offer young people not only through educating them, but also job opportunities and self employment through indigensiation and empowerment across all our sectors.

He said the party had done a lot in uplifting women and would continue to free them from the  grip of ancient custons that no longer served useful purposes.
“The norms of togetherness, the norms of recognising the evils of society that enable us to recongise the evil that our society should avoid and the good that they should embrace, we have all that in our own ideological belief as Zanu-PF and indeed as Zimbabwe and so as we live today with that victory which is only a continuation of our victory that was earned in 1980,” he said.

Earlier, he addressed staff at the Zanu-PF headquarters who gathered to congratulate him for the party’s emphatic victory.
He said the victory was for the party and its members who worked tirelessly to defend the country from the jaws of imperialism.

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  • Tafirenyika

    This is what I call depth, wisdom!

    • Fatso

      Now to the cabinet. No more deadwood and thieves like ***. Bring young blood in the mould of Mzembi, Kaukonde, etc. Nip corruption in the bud. The indigenisation and empowerment must now be done soberly not with brazen zeal like what Kasukuwere was doing. We need real empowerment not flea markets or kunohodha mazitye. We need resuscitation of the manufacturing sector so as to create jobs. Some of our black imperialists pay peanuts

      • never dhliwayo

        Fasto, here are some of the ministers for you. Emmerson Mnangagwa; Sydney Sekeramayi; Rugare Gumbo; Didymus Mutasa; Shuwai Mahofa..and so on and so on. Mugabe does not forget his friends

        • Chinhamba

          I am concerned that some people are taking what I would term a vested interest in disaster or a “muchawona, hapana kwazvinosvika” attitude. The President requires every patriotic Zimbabwean’s support as we go forward. It may well be that in his wisdom he will see it prudent to include in the new cabinet those members of the MDC who competently discharged their functions in their previous positions in the GNU. Or, he could even appoint new faces who can make a positive contribution to the governance of the country. It is therefore not helpful to seek to close the agenda by saying that ZANU-PF ichatonga yega and will not have anyone else to blame.

          At this stage where we are waiting for what happens next, caution, if not good sense, demands that we do not say things or do things that preclude the possibility of an inclusive government. People like Tendai Biti who did a commendable job in the GNU should remain open minded and not foreclose the possibility of working in the national interest again.

          The issues at stake in Zimbabwe are bigger than individual politicians or partisan politics and require those making judgments on the way forward not to be motivated by self-interest. The problems of Zimbabwe or in Zimbabwe are better solved through collaborative efforts from all parties and citizens. Inga vakuru vakati “Chara chimwe hachitswanye inda!” In my view, the bigger picture or public interest should remain the guiding principle.

          So, it is dangerous and myopic to take the stance that “hapana kwazvinosvika”, because it will be us who will suffer if things turn for the worse. In other words, we should pose the question: Do we honestly want to be at the receiving end of harmful outcomes for the simple sake of proving our predictions right? I would personally want the President to make his appointments on merit regardless of political affiliation. If that happens, I am sure, to a measurable extent, that would help address the concerns of some contributors to this forum and other worried Zimbaweans.

    • Zim,s Voiceyouth

      we hear you President. Those working directly with the President do not let him down by being corrupt and showing malicious behavior that includes all the Cabinet ministers and … We love you President. Be Blessed. “from a citizen of Zimbabwe” :-)

  • Mimi

    Right Gushungo, baba vaChatunga. We hear you loud and clear. The onus is now on you to right the things that you have been doing wrong all this time as Zimbabweans have clearly given you a 2nd chance. It is now or never. Gone are the days when Zimbabweans would just wait for what is dished to them. Know your Ministers, your Cabinet, your Ambassadors (most of whom had already started to abandon you). As for Ambassadors it is pointless to have a single individual residing out of the country for donkey years, some of who have already forgotten where they come from. We listen to what some of your appointed Ambassadors say outside the country and one wonders about their allegiance. Remember where you derive and came from my Honourable President. Once bitten twice shy!

  • Homeboy

    Just a grammatical suggestion Mr Editor. Maybe “anything short of it will not be free and fair” in place of “nothing short of it will not be free and fair” would have made clearer reading.

  • Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    Mr President, mari dzedu dzakavharirwa muma bank, sure sure sure. Tingafare chose. Makati muchatidzosera. Dai zvakasika tichiri kushandisa US$.

  • $39733349

    And pigs will fly!

  • zimbabwean

    Please protect worker’s rights. I have nothing against the Chinese as a whole but some of the businessmen(in their personal capacity) are still ill-treating workers, even after the Government warned them.

    They are our allies but they HAVE TO RESPECT BASIC WORKER rights.

    Zimbabwe has a very good record of labour representation and protection of workers. Please use your respectable offices to hear out, investigate and caution all those who are ill-treating Zimbabwean workers.

    It does not matter how educated, skilled or how low-level of a job it is, every worker needs to be treated with dignity and should be allowed the conditions stipulated by our labour law and dictated by the ILO, to which we are signatory to its guidance on worker’s/labour rights.

  • jojo

    talk is cheap and rigging is easy but delivering is hard. now they is no Biti farmers and civil servants must now smile all the way to the bank.you can go on and on about castigating MDC-T but people wont buy that.they want food on the table soon and very soon or else muchamhanya.Zanu pf has just exposed itself on the open now .nomore hiding behind MDC.nyika yakamirira

  • Semalogalo

    Please consider school fees urgently, we are overloaded with current over costed school fees. This coming term Government is urged to normalize and reduce school fees so that Zimbabwe’s children have access to it’s education without any hindrance. This country is blessed with a lot of resources to sustain it’s Citizens and enable them to be happy people on this planet.

    • zimbotry

      It all has to be paid for somehow. Lets see how this economic wizard will finally create wealth after 34 years of trying unsuccessfully

      • zimbotry

        Alright, am revising my figure. Its not 34 years, technically. More like last 18 to 20. I tend to get excitable and make unecessary projections without regard to fact.

        • zimbotry

          No, you tend to steal other peoples identities and make bogus postings

  • Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    Mr President tibatsireiwo panyaya yeCapital Base kuno kwaMutare, vaMushohwe vakazvitadza. Tapota tapota, dzimwe ndedze machechi.

  • Aaron

    We are waiting mudhara. I am happy you are going to be exposed big time no more blaming MDC-T and our hero Tsvangirai. We know the true colours of Zanu PF and we know under Zanu Zimbabwe is doomed. Anyway, we cant fight on words and policies lets see the action. Mr. Mugabe people want a life now and we demand it from you and your party now. We had so much hope from MDC-T unfortunately because of our diamond monies you stole our vote. We are crying because you stole our money in order to defeat us using our own money. Mr. Mugabe by December we must have a life. Viva MDC-T!!! Viva Dr. Tsvangirai!!! Viva the Red Team. What I know and very sure of is that very soon people will be in the streets again just like the pre-GNU period. There will be massive protests this time around because we are tired.

    • cedrick

      It will be interesting to see who he blames for not carrying out all the promises he agreed to in his manifesto.

      Interesting times ahead for sure…

  • zimbotry

    Lets see where he finds the money.

  • agrieved servant

    Honourable President civil servants lost a lot of money invested at Geozing Investments in Bulawayo, we appeal to you to help us recover our hard earned investment. hatina kumwe kwekuchemera

  • pedzisai

    Dream on

    • L Makombe

      You have to dream on and your dreams will be realised. Think of 2008 and you will never get to 2013. You will always lag behind. Let us know that although we do not know what the future hold, we know that the Almighty God holds the future and for myself and others who believe in Him, our future is bright because we have trust and faith in God. For others like you Pedzisai, you can continue prophesying doom for yourself and what you think is what you will become. If you doubt God’s ways, please read your Bible especially 2 Kings Chapter 7. And I hope you are not putting your trust in Morgan, because God also warns against putting trust in human beings as this a another form idol worship, read, Isaiah 2:22 and Jeremiah 17:5-8. You will get stressed because Morgan did not win, and stress will eventually kill you. Is Morgan worth the stress you are feeling.

      • Inini

        Ndiwo mamhepo chaiwo aunawo

  • chinos

    minister of higher and tertiary education, Honourable Joseph Chinotimba, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • Bongi

    Please listen to us your people when we plead for intervention. It’s not that we want to rebel. We just need help and hope. Some of the help is just your decision and you can move the government to help us.

    We are begging

    We just want ministers and MPs who will do real ministry for the people. It doesn’t matter which party. You can change the tides, our president.

    We know there’s corruption and things like that that happened in the past. Let’s turn a new chapter , we can forget that corruption and make our people get some relief.

    My father was a factory worker here in Bulawayo. He lost his job when I was in form 5. I had to quit and look for money for the family. I am now a clerk doing the best I can but it is very hard. Yet when I look around I see people who are worse than me. I am sad for them but thankful I can try something.

    Things are hard.your people are suffering. Please lead the government to help us.

    Sibongile

  • $39733349

    Excellent post! Well said.