It’s been a hectic 10 days: President •optimistic new team will deliver •‘Zimbabweans must unite’

President Mnangagwa

President Mnangagwa

Felex Share Senior Reporter—
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described his first 10 days in office as “hectic”, and expressed hope that the team of ministers he swore-in yesterday will be equal to the task of turning around the economy and bettering the lives of Zimbabweans.


The President took the oath of office on November 24, 2017 at a ceremony attended by thousands of Zimbabweans and several foreign dignitaries at the National Sports Stadium. President Mnangagwa took over from Cde Robert Mugabe who had resigned three days earlier after 37 years in charge.

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa pose for a group photograph with newly-appointed ministers at a swearing-in ceremony at State House in Harare yesterday.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa pose for a group photograph with newly-appointed ministers at a swearing-in ceremony at State House in Harare yesterday.

In a brief interview after swearing-in 21 Cabinet ministers, two deputy ministers and 10 provincial affairs ministers at State House yesterday, President Mnangagwa said he had not rested since taking over the reins.

“I have sworn in a new Cabinet just to finish the term of the former President, which is a period of between six to seven months,” he said.


Commenting on his days in office, he said: “It has been hectic, but I believe that with my team we will stand up to the challenge.” He said unity was key to development. “I want them (Zimbabweans) united. We must grow our economy.”


In his inauguration speech, President Mnangagwa promised sweeping reforms, which he said would stimulate economic growth and create employment. The new administration has promised “sturdy re-engagement” with the international community, saying “isolation has never been splendid or viable”.


Locally, he pledged to tackle the cash liquidity challenges head-on, act on corruption, relax export procedures, ensure maximum utilisation of land and protect foreign investments, among other policies.


“Key choices will have to be made to attract foreign direct investment to tackle high levels of unemployment, while transforming our economy towards the tertiary. The many skilled Zimbabweans who have left the country for various reasons must now come into the broad economic calculus designed for our recovery and take-off,” he said.

“The fabulous natural resources that we have as a country must now be exploited for national good, through mutually gainful partnerships with international investors whose presence in our midst must be valued and secured.


The bottom line is an economy which is back on its feet and in which a variety of players make choices without doubts and in an environment shorn of fickle policy shifts and unpredictability. Only that way can we recover this economy, create jobs for our youths and reduce poverty for all our people who must witness real, positive changes in their lives.”


Zimbabwe’s economy has been plagued by a myriad challenges that have been compounded by sanctions imposed by America and the European Union. President Mnangagwa has appealed to these nations to remove them as part of the re-engagement process.


Trade deficits, unemployment, liquidity challenges, industrial inefficiencies and inflation among other economic challenges have become synonymous with the local economy.


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  • Chamunorwa

    Perhaps the new cabinet should hectically solve our economic problems. Chances are that the new ministers will be hectically finding new avenues for milking a lethargic economy. The rabble is always ripe for a rough ride.

  • garanga

    ******I have one issue that I believe we should be wary of.******

    Firstly, Everyone MUST READ or watch documentaries about Thomas Sankara. He showed how practical it was for a country to prosper with little or no aid. A reason for which he was assassinated.

    Be careful of organisations like the IMF that want you to structure the economy to create a market for their developed economies.

    Google “Thomas Sankara – The Upright Man”. Watch the documentary on YouTube.

    In all his “madness” and flaws, many of the things that Mugabe spoke about were very true, though used for political mileage.

    There is NOTHING GOOD and MESSIANIC about The IMF or he World Bank!

    Especially the IMF. It is as private and capitalist as they come.

    In all this elation, do not allow for policies that open our markets for Global enterprises that will:
    - swallow our Agricultural economy
    - Take rights from our locally and regionally developed seed technologies (Mosanto being the evil)
    - offer tremendous amounts of debt for a 100 times larger portions of our wealth

    Be careful. They would not be engaging if they did not see Zimbabwe as a commodity for their benefit. It is not charity but OPPORTUNITY for them.

    Empower the farmer, protect your seed, don’t agree to everything.

    We already have the momentum to grow. We are already in a pit. The only way is up.

    Read about Thomas Sankara and why he was killed.

  • Mungandidii

    Since operation restore legacy started, the sanctions mantra has really toned down. Maybe this means that the sanctions are not the real cause of our economic challenges

  • James Bhora

    We need to have a permanent PUBLIC PROTECTORS OFFICE to investigate corruption .These ministers must be held accountable for their ministrtries

  • Wezhira

    One of the few pisitive comments mI have seen.
    We have too many prophets of doom. As a Christian I am required to pray for those in authority, even the exPresident we prayed for.
    The power of the spoken word. As we wish ourselves failure it will surely come to pass.
    We are all ambassadors of Zimbabwe and as such we must rally behind the leadership.
    I am not saying we dont point out the wrongs we see lets do it in sincere attitudes.