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We can’t continue blaming sanctions, says ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday reiterated that Zimbabwe cannot continue blaming sanctions for its economic problems but should instead craft solutions to revive the country’s ailing economy.

By Stephen Chadenga

Mnangagwa’s position comes in contrast to his predecessor, former president Robert Mugabe, who continuously blamed sanctions for the economic problems bedevilling the country.

“Yes, sanctions are there but we should not continue talking about them,” Mnangagwa told delegates to the chief’s conference in Gweru.

“We must have solutions and already, we have solutions in agriculture and this should cascade to all sectors.”

Last year when he was still vice-president, Mnangagwa had started departing from the sanctions rhetoric by his former principal [Mugabe], saying that Zimbabweans should not continue to cry about sanctions as this would not grow the economy.

Over a decade ago, Western countries imposed what they call “targeted sanctions”, particularly on Mugabe, his wife Grace and other top Zanu PF officials for alleged human rights abuses and poor governance.

Mnangagwa said the country could only develop if people observed peace, unity and national reconciliation.

“The message is peace, unity and non-violence,” he said.

“When we go to the elections, people should be united. You should not fight. When people support their parties, it’s their choice. We should work for the people and not be selfish. There should be justice and national reconciliation because we cannot progress when communities are in conflict,” Mnangagwa said.

After concerns from the chiefs from the Midlands province on the resuscitation of Ziscosteel and Shabanie mine, Mnangagwa said he was hopeful that the two companies would be operational by the end of his first 100 days in office.

Meanwhile, 48 chiefs from eight provinces were given Isuzu twin cab vehicles from the first batch of the 52 cars.

Mnangagwa said since the remaining four vehicles could not be distributed equally among the eight provinces, he would use his prerogative to distribute three to women chiefs and the other one to Chief Mapanzure, under whose jurisdiction his rural home falls.

The president said the next batches would come within weeks from South Africa and promised all the 282 chiefs that they would each get a vehicle before elections.

He, however, admitted that financial resources to buy the vehicles were not there but that since chiefs had been promised the cars, it had to be fulfilled.

“We had to sit with the finance and Local Government ministers to ensure each chief gets his car before the elections,” Mnangagwa said.

10 Responses to We can’t continue blaming sanctions, says ED

  1. big bluey January 14, 2018 at 6:20 am #

    Set an example & buy vehicles from Quest & Willowvale not South Africa!!! Jobs for us not exports for South Africa. Then I might believe there are changes. BUY ZIMBABWE—-Imported goods does not mean it is better

    • Chen Chikezha January 14, 2018 at 9:33 am #

      Very good observation and the new government has been promising jobs for people yet they export the same to SA. Government should lead in buying local so we get employment.

  2. Patriot January 14, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    Why import cars ….. ?

    A waste of forex and jobs

  3. Musona January 14, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    Mnangagwa is buying votes by buying cars for these leeches you call Chiefs. He should be thoroughly ashamed of himself. Not different from Mugabe.

  4. Mazinyane January 14, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Buying tractors for these good-for-nothing friends of Musona would have been a better vote-buying gimmick.

  5. Cde Mabhunu muchatiza January 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    These vehicles will be used in bad terrain, its only Isuzu which can survive the bad roads… The Quest cars will not survive. There is nothing wrong in buying vehicles for the chiefs. In some countries like Botswana the chiefs actually earn more money.

    • Musona January 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

      @Mabhunu – nonsense you fool. This is where corruption starts or is sustained. The chief who gets a new car will obviously coerce his subjects to vote for the person who gave him a car. Simple logic. what exactly do these Chiefs do? A state-within-a-state. Utter tosh.

  6. SHIBOBO January 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    Kudos to President Mnangagwa for saying all the right things. Kudos too for his administration that calls itself a new dispensation, meaning that they will not do things the same way as the old regime of Robert Mugabe, of which many of them were part. It shows that somehow they were not in agreement with how the previous regime functioned. However, its one thing to say the right things, and its another to do them. Now we all await with bated breath to see the new dispensation doing those right things. We are there to support the right things.

    Kudos too for allowing the December 22 Gukurahundi commemorations to go ahead without hindrance in Bulawayo. That is a great step towards healing. We hope you allow open debate on this contentious and emotive subject so that people can find closure, as well as you people in government being freed from the guilt that you forever carry with you, regardless of the brave faces you put up. No sane person can perpetrate such atrocities and pretend it doesnt affect them, unless, of course, you have lost all sense of humanity!!!!

  7. Jemedzarinemapakondinoriziva Ukanzwandatibvumapanoyera January 14, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

    Mutungamiri wenyika magona. Nyaya yezvirango zvehupfumi haidi kuramba yotaurwa, torambo ZHAAMBA. Zvorakidza kuti tapererwa. Libya neCuba dzakasangana nazvo. Asi hadzina kumbozhamba mazhambiro akadayi. Cuba yakatora vana vakawanda kudzidzisa, machiremba nevadzidzisi. Ndinoti kuMutungamiri wenyika gurukota richataura nezvezvirango zvehupfumi dzingayi basa. Nekuti anoperwa nemazano. Hazvidi, kubvira 2000.

  8. Collea January 15, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Thats not the way to go, a country cannot operate in vacuum and succeed. Even U. S. A as big and well economic structured , it has allies in which it trade. Thou we are good at Agriculture, however we need to export those products to other countries so that we have a positive B. O. P. In that way we can use U. S dollars without losing them to excess imports, since we will be getting them bac from imports.

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