President to meet chiefs

Mr Charamba

Mr Charamba

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to meet the country’s 282 traditional leaders in Gweru next week. In a statement yesterday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Mr George Charamba, who is also the Presidential spokesperson, said the meeting was part of the President’s ongoing engagements with different stakeholders in the country.

“As part of his ongoing programme to connect and acquaint himself with the thinking of different echelons, interests and players of our nation, His Excellency the President, Cde Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, is scheduled to hold a day-long indaba with the country’s 282 chiefs in Gweru on Friday 12th January 2018,” said Mr Charamba.

He said President Mnangagwa is expected to engage with the chiefs on their expectations on the new Government’s performance and services.

Mr Charamba said the President will also take the opportunity to share his vision as far as rural communities are concerned, as they are home to the majority of Zimbabweans.

“The President is expected to take advantage of the meeting to get the views and expectations of different communities on Government’s performance and services, while also briefing our traditional leaders on the vision, programmes and expectations of his new Administration as these relate to rural areas where the majority of Zimbabweans live,” said Mr Charamba.

He said Government’s focus on reviving an agricultural-led economy makes chiefs an important player in mobilising and coordinating national development.

“Government’s emphasis on an agricultural-led economic recovery makes national traditional leaders key players in mobilising and orchestrating national development through community involvement and empowerment, and within the framework of progressive national value system,” said Mr Charamba.

He said the meeting will also address welfare issues for chiefs and their respective communities.

The President recently met captains of industry in Harare.

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  • Moe_Scyslack2

    I’d be blunt. We don’t need chiefs. They’re just a partisan bunch who have no place in a modern market economy. They’re draining our resources without any corresponding stuff on the ground. We need to recover economically not waste scarce resources on leaches.

  • Tendai

    Is the President going to tell the Chiefs to be non-partisan and not force the rural folk to vote for ZANU PF in the 2018 Harmonised Elections?

    • Nyika Yedu

      “Government’s emphasis on an agricultural-led economic recovery makes national traditional leaders key players in mobilising and orchestrating national development through community involvement and empowerment, and within the framework of progressive national value system,” said Mr Charamba.

      I think this is a hint as to what HE’s thinking is in terms of a redefined role for the chiefs. Everyone has to put hands to the plough to get Zimbabwe working again – chiefs are no exception #TeamZimbabwe

  • Ndaizivei

    As the majority of Zimbabweans live in rural areas it is essential that their needs, aspirations and contributions are seriously heard and considered in Parliament and by the government. Therefore serious consultation with chiefs by the president is a good democratic measure which ensures that grass root citizens voices are heard by the government. Most of the people living in rural areas are either suck in what was called “African Reservations” kumaruzeva or “Native Purchase Areas” before independence. I was born in one. the people living here are generations that have inherited the chronic poverty that continue to do so since the Land Apportionment Act. To improve the lives of the majority of Zimbabweans requires government polices that give these impoverished citizens the chance to move to more fertile land and for those remaining the means to improve their lives where they are. Are people living in these areas counted as employed or unemployed? I think too much emphasis is being given to city population politically and economically.