Mnangagwa targets economic jumpstart

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has described his first 10 days in office as hectic, but expressed optimism that his Cabinet team would live up to expectations and give the country’s battered economy a much-needed jumpstart after decades of decay under his predecessor Robert Mugabe’s administration.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Mnangagwa — who is still smarting from a weekend boob, where he appointed more than the required number of non-constituency ministers before correcting the anomaly a day later — said his administration would prioritise reviving the economy more than anything else.

Addressing journalists at the swearing-in ceremony for his 21-member Cabinet team at State House, Mnangagwa also called for unity of purpose among Zimbabweans in rebuilding the country.

“I have sworn in a new Cabinet just to finish the term of the former President, which is a period of between six to seven months,” he said, adding: “I want them (Zimbabweans) united, we must grow our economy.

“It has been hectic, but I believe with my team we will stand up to the challenge”

The new team comprises of 21 Cabinet ministers, 11 Ministers of State, two deputy ministers and Prosecutor-General Ray Goba.

These include two top military officers — Major-General Sibusiso Moyo and Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, who landed the Foreign Affairs and Lands portfolios respectively after facilitating Mnangagwa’s rise through the military-led “Operation Restore Legacy”, which pushed out Mugabe.

Both Shiri and Moyo defended their appointments and pledged to work towards creating a win-win situation for the country.

“I am still not yet in the office, but I will focus on economic transactional diplomacy,” Moyo said.

Shiri said he would work towards making agriculture the mainstay of the economy after spearheading government’s command agriculture programme last year.

“We have to ensure there is production,” he said.

“All land has to be utilised and apart from that we want productivity to be increased and we realised we contribute a lot towards the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) and wealth creation, so we have to live up to the expectations of the country.

“There is a slight difference that last year I was leading the technical implementation team, but now I am the minister responsible for all aspects of agriculture.”

Shiri defended the inclusion of former military officers in the Cabinet.

This came amid concerns that the army, given its role in Mnangagwa’s ascendancy, will be pulling strings in his government.

“When I was in the military I was under the Ministry of Defence, which is part of government and who said military people should never be politicians?” Shiri queried.

“I am a Zimbabwean and I have every right to participate in the country’s politics.”

Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development minister Mike Bimha described his urgent task as to reorganise and rationalise the ministry to include the new department, enterprise development, so as to deliver on the new mandate.

“We need to revisit our strategy as a ministry in line with the thrust given by His Excellency,” he said.

“In his inauguration speech, he had a number of areas that he wants us to focus on and obviously we need to realign our strategy so that it supports what the President has indicated and I think what is left for us is the issue of implementation.

“The issues of job creation, resuscitating and developing new industry are areas we continue looking at.”

As for the contentious Statutory Instrument (SI) 64 of 2016, Bimha said although the law was there to stay, they would find other ways to reinforce it to meet new demands.

“SI 64 of 2016, as we said earlier, is here to stay and what we need is to buttress and reinforce it,” he said.

“What we intend to do is to reinforce it with a local content policy and that is what we are working on at the moment.”

Finance deputy minister Terrence Mukupe said the government would be putting in place a new culture of governance that will do away with wastages that were pulling the economy down.

“The days of having wastages and having fancy lives for the bosses within the civil service have to go, we have to cut off the fat.”

On bonuses for civil servants, Mukupe said he would have to wait for direction from the President and Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, who refused to take questions from the media.

Chinamasa has been a sharp critic of the 13th cheque, but was always chastised and lampooned by Mugabe over this unpopular stance.

23 COMMENTS

  1. The cabinet still remains too large. ED should have done away with Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and used Provincial Administrators to take care of provincial issues. Otherwise it is a duplication of roles.

  2. The jump-start remains to be seen when others of his team like home affairs minister talks about dealing with corruption at road blocks instead of dealing with the road blocks themselves which are the cause of the corruption by simply doing away with the roadblocks totally as was the prevailing situation ten years and more ago.
    Bonus issue is not an easy item to handle for the new dispensation because senior members of the executive branch, the defense forces and the police and security establishment are over paid for doing practically nothing and it is not reasonable to assume that the ordinary civil servant should fund their orpulent life styles at his or her own expense.

  3. @Duplication, the Constitution provides for devolution of power and those Provincial ministers are de facto heads of provincial Governments. I agree that either function is a duplication of role but we should call for the abolition of Provincial Administrators as they may not have the privilege to sit in Cabinet. Thereafter, amendments to allow Provincial Minsters in cabinet should be made and this helps make them part of the Executive. With that set up, the ministers will be able to take issues from provinces to Cabinet directly.

  4. nothing new here…Bond Chinamasa,Parenyatwa,cooking Oil Bimha ,Obert Diamond Mpofu..
    And they will tell you they cant work coz they need billions to acquire reasorce
    or better Yet successions

  5. lets use what we have to build the nation, those who stole national resources should bring back those resources to grow our economy. kugona mbavha kuichengetesa makeys. Therefore, Mr. President knows what he is doing. After a three month moratorium which expires end February, I tell you he is going to arrest them including his newly appointed ministers. Ipapo ndipo patichaona kuti Mr. Mngwangwa vakananga kupi. Now its hard to label him a failure. LETS OBSERVE AND FOLLOW UP ON ALL DEVELOPMENTS.

  6. Fairness is what is paramount importance in economics and Gorvenance. Treating citizens is if they are unworthy is disastrous. Start with the wrote at RBZ.We have had this creature Bond note that has eroded future values and present values of our senior citizens.They contributed in hard currency from 2008-2015.Reserve Bank took their US$but now they pay them in an eroded non optimal currency .To top it they spend days in ques for a mete valueless 20$ bondnote.Did they not work for their money that you now look at them with scorn.Be fair RBZ.Their white counterparts , pensioners shifted their accounts to SA to rreceive their euros.Close to 500 000 European pensioners moved their accounts to SA WHR their $300 monthly payments now go , $150m in total.Lost by Zimbabwe.Arrogance Personified by RBZ

  7. Perence Shiri you were a victim of Mugabes Gukurahundi murderous escapades in that he used you to butcher our cousins whom you mistook for dissidents. You were young and impressionable then just like poor Chipanga, you then need now to be exorcised of those bloody fingers and guilty burden before you touch the national ploughshare. Ask your fellow mines minister what remnants of your handiwork remains in the deserted mine-shafts of Matebeleland, man just give us one or two lines of remorse and beg our indulgence and be one with the nation. Dont leave it until its too late Mugabe said it was a “moment of madness” what do you say it was?

  8. And its $150m per month lost by RBZ.Pushed away because of some dubious idea of increasing exports .Pay those pensioners in hard currency.Its the fairest thing to do.You allowed politicians to raid the bank to steal old peoples money!! .This is slavery.Theft by conversion.In 2012 I could receive my pension and invest in other equities.But now I canot.I could leave emmidiately to see my son in SA now no.So tell me Mr Mangudya where is the equilibrium of currencies here .How do I optimize my earnings? Do I go to black market now since you don’t have my money now.Be Fair brother.Resign Please.

  9. The whole fake Dr Disgrace drama revealed that Mangudya can’t stand his ground as the monetary authority chief who by law should enjoy some level of autonomy. Just like Prof Nyagura, Mangudya should be fired because they have compromised the integrity of our once great institutions right under their watch.

    The sooner Ngwena replaces Mangudya the better if we want to have a good start. Mangudya has failed to proffer real solutions to our problems rather opting for the cosmetic ones while the poor masses suffer.

    ED has no legal limitations that can’t allow him to replace Mangudya.

    Does Mangudya know how it feels like spending the whole day waiting for nothing at the bank?

    Lets much against this idiotic Mangudya ! The time is now Zimbabwean people or never we want someone with new lasting solutions to our problems.

    #MangudyaOut

  10. This incompetent media we have in Zimbabwe, both government and so called independent media.There are a number of new ministers whom we know nothing about, we thought you will unpack the cabinet for us in a transparent manner so that we get to know what their back grounds are and what skills set they bring. As for the old guard you would have done justice to give us information on what they have done right and what they have messed up in the past, then we can start scrutinising them form an informed position. There are people like Chinamasa for example who have been crucified a lot and people have ignored all the good they have done e.g he is one minister who has spent so much time and effort in re-engagement of the west, and what better option than a man with a shared vision for ED who is putting re-engagement at the for front of his turn around strategy. Do your job you guys in the media and inform and educate the nation.

  11. Spot on Mpola. We need the media to give us the background of new ministers and the Amassed wealth by the old ministers. What do they have in form of wealth. How come they managed to be so wealthy in a country were millions are surviving on one meal a day.
    If the country is indeed so poor how then is it they became filthy rich in this very situation. What about giving back to the country part of the loot to show they too did not like it under Bob. Can the newspapers please trek and give an account of all the ministers on a weekly basis so we can monitor and keep them on their toes. Tell us what they are doing every week. Let them hire managers for their farms and they concentrate on state duties 24/7 and of cause take their annual leave like everyone else. For once can they be our servants and not our bosses. Dokora was monitored by those in education and found to be a poor performer. The president was informed by the people of Zimbabwe to fire him because of nonperformance and it happened. This monitoring should be done to all the ministers and there stay in those jobs must be determined exceptional service to the nation and nothing less. For once we have a president who seems to realise that people have power and they know what they exactly want. I wish you good luck Emmerson. Let Mugabe see how pleasant and satisfying it is to work with everyone in the land even if they do not belong to you party.

  12. Spot on Mpola. We need the media to give us the background of new ministers and the Amassed wealth by the old ministers. What do they have in form of wealth. How come they managed to be so wealthy in a country were millions are surviving on one meal a day.
    If the country is indeed so poor how then is it they became filthy rich in this very situation. What about giving back to the country part of the loot to show they too did not like it under Bob. Can the newspapers please trek and give an account of all the ministers on a weekly basis so we can monitor and keep them on their toes. Tell us what they are doing every week. Let them hire managers for their farms and they concentrate on state duties 24/7 and of cause take their annual leave like everyone else. For once can they be our servants and not our bosses. Dokora was monitored by those in education and found to be a poor performer. The president was informed by the people of Zimbabwe to fire him because of nonperformance and it happened. This monitoring should be done to all the ministers and there stay in those jobs must be determined exceptional service to the nation and nothing less. For once we have a president who seems to realise that people have power and they know what they exactly want. I wish you good luck Emmerson. Let Mugabe see how pleasant and satisfying it is to work with everyone in the land even if they do not belong to you party.

  13. Some silly foolish comments appearing on this list.
    Majority population in this country is so called shona and this is reflected in government positions, comrade leo. Ndebeles are naturally invaders and raiders as they did back in the 1820s to the 1890s, from zululand to zimbabwe. They specialise in occupying other people’s lands while the so called shona are inhabitants of their only country which is this zimbabwe. You cannot occupy part of someone’s country and then consider yourself superior and good while the owner of the place is evil to your thinking. That is being ungrateful and nauseatingly rude to the core and anyone with that kind of mentality, as the white former coloniser, and leo, does not deserve to identify with the lands between the limpopo and the zambezi.
    , A coloniser is not just white. There are black ones as well.
    We need to exorcise this country of all of them.

  14. If the new regime refuses to take questions from the media , ladies and gentlemen what does that tell you, for now these guys must focus on immediate deliverables eg elimination of cash shortages, bad roads ,street lights, restorage of clean water supply and these tangibles will make urban population believe in this new set up.

  15. President your excellency Sir, You need to advise your adviser to stop propaganda because in only divides the nation and polarizes it in an undesirable direction. Would you remind him of how Jonathan’s propaganda brought us to where we are. We need to focus on tangible aspects of social, political and economic developments. We do not need tribalists too like the one Leo above. Your adviser Mutsvangwa need to be advised stop propaganda but deliver. No nonsense we have suffered and sacrificed enough, we need a breather.

  16. Sezvo vanhu vakapiwa minda, ngashandisiwe nemazvo. Ini zvangu handidi kuramba ndopiwa zvekurimisa pasina mubhadharo neHurumende, iyo asitorinawo mari. Asi kuti, Hurumende ngaione kuti zvekurimisa zvadzika mitengo, uye zvazara muzvitoro nenguva. Ini ndinofunga dayi tsaga reFertilizer yemanyowa raita $12.00. Zvimwechetezvo ne10kgs mbeu yechibage. Yekuberekesawo, tsaga roita $14.00. Varimi tinorerukirwa chose. Chikafuwo, ngachive chinotengeka.

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