President to hit ground running

President Mnangagwa delivers his inauguration speech

President Mnangagwa delivers his inauguration speech

Felex Share Senior Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sworn in yesterday as Zimbabwe’s second Executive President since independence in 1980, has said his Government will, with immediate effect, implement sweeping measures across sectors to stimulate economic growth and create employment.

Among the many measures, President Mnangagwa promised a 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.

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In his acceptance speech after taking the Oath of Office before thousands of people at the giant National Sports Stadium in Harare, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was “renewing itself” and should never remain hostage to its past. He appealed to Zimbabweans to let “bygones be bygones” and embrace each other in defining the new destiny.

President Mnangagwa and First lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa during the inauguration ceremony at the National Sports Stadium, 24 November 2017. - Pic by John  Manzongo

President Mnangagwa and First lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa during the inauguration ceremony at the National Sports Stadium, 24 November 2017. – Pic by John Manzongo

“Our economic policy will be predicated on our agriculture, which is the mainstay and on creating conditions for an investment-led economic recovery that puts premium on job creation,” President Mnangagwa said.

“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.

“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.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being adorned with his sash by Chief Justice Luke Malaba soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being adorned with his sash by Chief Justice Luke Malaba soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

“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.”

To tackle liquidity challenges, President Mnangagwa said, real solutions were urgently needed.

“People must be able to access their earnings and savings as and when they need them. We must shed misbehaviours and acts of indiscipline which have characterised the past. Acts of corruption must stop forthwith. Where these occur, swift justice must be served to show each other and all, that crime and other acts of economic sabotage can only guarantee ruin to perpetrators. Grief awaits those who depart from the path of virtue and clean business,” President Mnangagwa said.

To civil servants, President Mnangagwa said: “It cannot be business as usual. You now have to roll up your sleeves in readiness to deliver. We have an economy to recover, a people to serve. Each and every one of us must now earn their hour, day, week and month at work.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspecting the parade soon after his inauguration this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspecting the parade soon after his inauguration this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

“Gone are the days of absenteeism and desultory application, days of unduly delaying and forestalling decisions and services in the hope of extorting dirty rewards. The culture in Government just has to change, unseating those little ‘gods’ idly sitting in public offices, for a busy, empathetic civil service that Zimbabwe surely deserves.”

President Mnangagwa said the establishment of Special Economic Zones would be accelerated to attract investment and increase exports. He said the culture by bankers of levying depositors should end as “it contradicts the reasons at the heart of banking as a business”.

President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe harboured no ill and belligerent intentions against any nation and was prepared to work with all countries, including those that have been hostile to it.

“I stand here today to say that our country is ready for a sturdy re-engagement programme with all nations of the world. As we bear no malice towards any nations, we ask those who have punished us in the past to reconsider their economic and political sanctions against us. Whatever misunderstandings may have subsisted in the past, let these make way to a new beginning which sees us relating to one another in multi-layered, mutually beneficial ways as equal and reciprocally dependent partners.

“In this global world, no nation is, can, or needs to be an island, one unto itself. Solidarity and partnerships are and will always be the way.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Botswana President Ian Khama soon after his inauguration this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Botswana President Ian Khama soon after his inauguration this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Mnangagwa added: “We are ready to embrace each and all, on principles of mutual respect and common humanity. We will take definite steps to re-engage those nations who have had issues with us in the past.

“Equally, will take measures to ensure that we acknowledge and begin to show commitment towards settling our debts and enter into new partnerships.”

President Mnangagwa said the land reform programme could not be reversed, as it would be a great betrayal to those who fought in the liberation struggle. He exhorted beneficiaries of the programme to optimally utilise the land, adding that the Land Commission would be capacitated to deal with all outstanding issues related to land reform.

“My Government is committed to compensating those farmers from whom land was taken, in terms of the laws for the land,” he said.

“Complex issues of land tenure will have to be addressed urgently to ensure finality to the ownership and management of this key resource, which is central to national stability and sustained economic recovery.”

On domestic politics, President Mnangagwa said the 2018 harmonised elections would proceed as scheduled and peacefully.

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  • Mujokochera Wamujokochera

    Chihuri needs to sort out the rot in the police force or get sacked if he can’t do it. Hard working Zimbabweans are sick and tired of being robbed of their hard earned money by these monsters on our roads. Enough is enough.

  • Telh

    Great aspirations. Lets hope that they can be implemented. The history of Africans in power does not give much cause for optimism.

  • SlackJawedYokel

    Let’s wait and see…first thing is his cabinet will say a lot

  • Komma Komma

    I think for our politics to move forward, Zanu PF and its hierarchy must stop these war-time slogans and sloganeering per se. “Pasi nemhandu!” is a violent slogan and is unlikely to endear them to the majority of people who don’t subscribe to physical, emotional and psychological violence in everyday life. Who is the enemy he is referring to here? Zimbabweans with a different view to his own? There is strength in our diversity, including divergent views and ideas.

    Without atoning for past transgressions under a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, apologising and asking for forgiveness, the nation will forever be stuck in the reverse gear. Compensation must be paid to those who were wronged in the past and the truth shall set this nation free.

    Rulers are pre-occupied with staying or acquiring power and wealth, while real leaders enhance peace, love and prosperity of all in their nations.

  • Tinovaziva

    This was an excellent speech, energetic, full of hope and while he might be too respectful to admit it, His Excellency Robert Mugabe had grown tired some of his younger colleagues were running away with the country in schemes of self-enrichment without even pretending to work for the country or its people.

  • Reason

    President EDs speech makes a lot of sense touching all critical aspects.The devil is in implementation. If he is serious on corruption how about starting with the bribe taking ZRP who have become a menace to Zimbabweans.Have u noticed how law and order has prevailed with the absence of police especially traffic police.We don’t need them in those numbers and they ought to be reassigned.

  • Trap

    And where is grace?

  • Takunda

    President Mnangagwa mentioned seriously tackling corruption, graft, and liquidity challenges which need to be urgently resolved. How about starting with easily solutions and low hanging fruit by repatriating US$ billions the corrupt Mugabe family have stolen and looted from the nation over decades, now stashed away in overseas accounts and foreign assets?

  • Checkmaster

    President Munangagwa, Sir. Allow me to air out my thoughts:
    1. The use of Rand as our primary currency, at least for now until we find a steady grip. 2. Serious reforms to the conduct of ZRP as it’s way too a menace to be an acceptable force of the new Zimbabwe we have been waiting for.
    3. The previous regime was full of ideas on paper, yet dismal on service delivery. Can we talk less, while action packed as action speaks better than words.

  • Comforter Zibwowa

    We need new brooms in government positions PLEASE…….Not the same old thieves. Recycling them is no gonna work for Zimbabwe.

  • chinos

    Go Ed go. Best intentions by head of state. Be our Mgafuli. We need a ministry of Infrastructure Planning and Implementation Audits where the country’s needs are identified and prioritized. Procurement needs to be done of internet portals. Capacity building of our people needs to be monitored till our Gullivers are back.

  • chinos

    Go Ed go. Best intentions by head of state. Be our Mgafuli. We need a ministry of Infrastructure Planning and Implementation Audits where the country’s needs are identified and prioritized. Procurement needs to be done of internet portals. Capacity building of our people needs to be monitored till our Gullivers are back. Frivolous ministries like ministry of employment creation should be avoided

  • musayigwa

    The presence of the most obedient son Mpofu in this dispensation tells you nothing is about to change.

  • Tambai Chinemavende

    Well said cde President. Like Takunda said, before targeting the unseen and perhaps unknown fruits on the topmost branches why not start with the apparently low hanging fruit overflowing from ministers’ and presidents’ pockets and accounts. Please don’t leave any stone unturned! Even yours, don’t spare it! Shake them and plough back those billions into the ailing economy. In appointing the cabinet and their perks, be very original and announce something never seen or heard of in Zimbabwe before, e.g. make it leaner and smarter! In fact if you had just started by announcing that you were going to save millions by opting for a low key inauguration at statehouse or parliament you would have earned yourself some valuable kudos because as it is, you wasted precious resources and time while grandstanding at the giant NSS. I don’t think that lavish function was necessary, given that you are just going to be there for 6 months then comes the elections. Unless, of course, if you are telling us that you already have the results of those elections!

  • GT

    “act on corruption” lol

  • captainkangaroo

    Mr. Presidente,

    Congratulations with a rare opportunity to turn the tables and do what is right, amidst years of non stop gravey train form Gucci forty (G40)

    First order of business:
    1) Do not recycle dead wood, it will cost you dearly at the polls.
    2) Choose a user friendly police commissioner whose sole role is to polish the image of Harare as an investor friendly International city. Let parliament approve all your candidates
    3) Separate powers from party issues, Judiciary should always be independent to make decisions without fear or political intimidation.
    4) lastly, work closely with the Federal Reserve of the United States and request approval to utilize USD currency and import coins