We have nothing to hide: ED

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 | 3876 views
President Mnangagwa addresses thousands of  Zanu-PF supporters at a rally in Mvuma yesterday. (See also Page 2)

President Mnangagwa addresses thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at a rally in Mvuma yesterday.

Levi Mukarati/Patrick Chitumba/Munyaradzi Musiiwa in Mvuma
THE Government’s business-friendly policies have restored confidence in Zimbabwe’s economy as seen in the surging number of investors flocking into the country, President Mnangagwa has said.

The President expressed satisfaction with the way Zimbabwe was now attracting high-value investors, among them Russian billionaire, Mr Dmitry Mazepin, who was in the country last week to explore fertiliser manufacturing and mining investments. President Mnangagwa was addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters here yesterday.

The President said, “We are now saying Zimbabwe is open for business, Zimbabwe is open for business.”

He said soon after he became President, he visited South African President Jacob Zuma as the chairman of Sadc, and also had the opportunity to meet business people based outside the country who promised to invest back home.

On foreign relations, President Mnangagwa said British Prime Minister Mrs Theresa May, an hour after his inauguration in November, sent her envoy to discuss possible re-engagement with Zimbabwe.

“One hour of the new dispensation, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mrs Theresa May sent her minister saying let’s go back to the old ties. I told him that I was still to come up with a Cabinet and then work on our relationship. Another Minister was sent to me and so we agreed to restore relations with Britain but the issue of land reform is not reversible. So Britain will have to open its doors on that condition because they are the ones who closed them in the first place,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said reports by the media that Harare was going to give back land to former white owners were false. He reiterated that there was no way the Government would take back the land from the previously marginalised black people and give it back to whites saying that would be tantamount to selling out the liberation struggle.

“When the media report, they say we are going to give back our land to the white people, no, that is not correct. Gains of the land reform programme are not reversible. Now we are under this new political dispensation and we are saying we are open for business. The last 18 years saw the country remaining isolated and received sanctions from the West. But we thank you Zimbabweans for remaining resolute, for remaining united. We were given a choice of either taking back our land or getting sanctions and we chose to get our land and faced sanctions and you remained resolute,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa said the coming in of Prime Minister May reminded him of 1979 when Britain was being led by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher whom he said played a crucial in the Lancaster House Conference which culminated in the independence of Zimbabwe.

“During the 1979 Lancaster House Conference, there was Margaret Thatcher. Now we have Prime Minister May and relations (between Harare and London) have started (to improve). Then came the likes of (Tony) Blair and our relations were strained. So I think Britain should be ruled by females and our relations will be cordial,” he said.

The President said Government has put in place the Land Commission to do a national audit of how land was parcelled out to the masses. President Mnangagwa said multiple farm owners will lose some farms while those with very big farms will have them downsized.

“We want to allocate land to landless people and some are set to lose farms while others will be downsized. Now we are giving out 99-year leases which are bankable. We are an agro-based country and Government decided to support the agriculture sector through programmes like the Command Agriculture and Presidential Input Support Scheme,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said now that Zimbabweans had land at their disposal, it was time that the Government assisted them in modernising operations, equipping them with modern machinery and value addition of crops such as cotton.

The President said the harmonised elections will be held by July urging the ruling party supporters to go and register to vote. He said new political parties were sprouting all over like mushrooms while others were disintegrating because they had no rich history of the liberation struggle.

“We all know that the only party that has gone through a long journey is Zanu-PF, a journey which can be described, a journey from the liberation struggle to empowerment of people. There is no other party with such a rich history and a lot small opposition parties are now sprouting all over like mushrooms but Zanu-PF will continue ruling. So we urge you to vote wisely,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said the country was going to hold peaceful elections.

“We want a peaceful election; we want a peaceful election. We want a united people, non-violence, non-violence. There is no reason for Zanu-PF to be violent. There is no reason for any other political party to be violent. There is no reason for any Zimbabwean to be violent. We are a peaceful people. Go and look at the transition in November last year where hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people came to Harare, marched in Harare peacefully and not even a single window of the shops was broken. It was peaceful.”

He went on, “The entire (African Union) said to me, when we were at the Summit, that they are proud as an African continent, they are proud that Zimbabwe showed that an African country can resolve its problems peacefully.

“Because we are going to have a peaceful election, a free election, a transparent election, why would we not allow our election to be observed? Generally, Sadc observes our elections, the AU observes our elections.”

“This time around, I am opening (it to) the (European Union) and the United Nations to also come and observe our elections. There is nothing to hide.”

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  • Gatsheni

    Give Zanu a resounding loss, lets see a change of government for the first time people…

    • Gabarinocheka

      You’re going to be shocked and i resuest you usazofunga zvisizvo because kusanganisira vote yangu Zanu-PF yakatowhinha kare.

    • MSAKANDA

      I don’t see any opposition that is organized, they are all in shambles, with MDC T. dismissing Khuphe on grounds of ethnicity, there is no reason why Tsvangirai shoud divide the party i once loved. Now i have seen that both opposition parties have leaders who are power hungry and they will never unite to beat ZANU PF. Tsvangirai is unreasonable at the same time he was not able to keep the regulations we put together when we founded MDC. How many years did we say a person should stand in as the president of the party. Although my father lost his business during the Gukurahundi error, i feel i will vote for ZANU PF, since Mnangagwa has given me reasons to forgive people who were involved, His ideas if not changed will result in a new Zimbabwe. I can see in Bulawayo they are building a new dam a necessity that was going to affect the people of Bulawayo.

  • zibulo

    A rally today , people attending a rally !!!!!. We are all too busy trying to erk out a living in these miserable conditions created by this Regime, which is the same /duplicate of the former , and some people are fooled to go to rallies, we can read internet, can info in many ways, and not be used as pawn to show that ED , has support. Vukani bantu especially our Mashona area brothers/comrades, ZANU has fooled you for decades , yet you still “be;ieve” things will be right. They stole Elections, admitted when the Coup was made, accussing each other, stole Zimbabwe money till the Zimdollar was no more, you still go to their rallies, fools !!!They stole your savings and blamed Tony Blair, they stole/smuggled diamonds, they killed people aligned to MDC,burnt roasted them alive, you still go to their rallies, your young men slept in the bushes on trees in Mash areas during Election times , you saw how blood thirsty they are you still go to their rallies, they are going to Answer for massacring Mthwakazi/MNdebeles and they are only now partiallyt agreeing , you go to ther rallies, kanti linjani lina maShona comrades. They know we are divided on ethnic lines (they caused it) and we will poke each others’ eyes, whilst they loot. You want to milk a pregnant cow, lifuna ukusenga ezimithiyo? expect diesel from a rock is the same as supporting ZANU and expect it to solve the Corruption which it has been doing for four decades. A people living in a caspital city and dormant as you are folks, hayi bo , vukani mani. Before independence Hrare used to lead us in strikes,boycotts , now you lead in stealing and looting

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