Sino-Zim deals to create more jobs

Farirai Machivenyika  Senior Reporter
JUSTICE, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said deals struck by President Mugabe during his State visit to China and other policies contained in the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation, will result in the creation of jobs when implementation is complete.Minister Mnangagwa said this while responding to questions in the National Assembly yesterday.

“We are committed to ensuring that our pledges as contained in our economic policies are fulfilled. As we speak, the head of the country is out and most of you have heard of the agreements that have been struck. You have to appreciate what we are doing,” Minister Mnangagwa said.

He said a number of projects have been earmarked in various sectors among them energy, transport and agriculture among others that would result in the creation of jobs.

“Obviously, some of the projects will not happen overnight, but people will appreciate what we are doing when they come to fruition,” he said.

Zimbabwe has struck a number of deals targeting infrastructure development especially in the energy, transport and communications and agriculture sectors among others. The minister also said Zimbabweans had voted overwhelmingly for Zanu-PF because they had confidence in the party’s policies as contained in its manifesto and Zim-Asset.

Meanwhile, Minister Mnangagwa said Government had printed over 500 000 copies of the new Constitution in English, Shona and Ndebele and would be distributed throughout the country’s 10 provinces beginning next month.

“The Ministry of Justice has a responsibility to make efforts so that Zimbabwean citizens are fully aware of the content and substance of our Constitution. To that extent, we have printed over half a million copies of the constitution in three languages Shona, English and Ndebele,” he said.

The minister said they were mobilising resources to print more copies in other minority languages as required under the constitution.

He said law enforcement agencies had also been given copies of the new Constitution to acquaint themselves with its provisions.

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  • Tichatonga

    There’s lots of catching up to do, since the Zanu-PF promised 2,2 million jobs creation by 2018 will first have to replace the extra tens of thousands employments lost and hundreds of company closures since August 2013.
    On a brighter note more than a year and 3 months after the new constitution became the supreme law, the belated distribution of copies to the police who should have been fully cognisant of its implications on unconstitutional laws is a welcome initiative. The Police can no longer plead ignorance of the people’s rights to freedom of expression, association, information and the right to demonstrate without requiring any permission from the police. Next time they’re ordered to violently and illegally disperse a public protest, they can refuse and point out the relevant constitutional clause to their ignorant superiors.