My ministers locked me out: ED

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has accused his Cabinet ministers of shielding him away from critical developments happening in the country.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Mnangagwa made the remarks during a tour of Univern Enterprises in Harare’s Workington Industrial area on Saturday, where he was exposed to cutting edge technology including live monitoring of toll plazas by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara).

“I did not know we have this kind of technology in the country. I am sure in some instances you are world-class. This is an eye opener. This has not been shown to us and I do not think even people in my Cabinet know about this. If they do then it means they have been keeping this away from me,” said Mnangagwa in what seemed as a thinly veiled attack on Transport minister Jorum Gumbo.

Gumbo was conspicuous by his absence during the two-hour tour of the institution that runs the nerve centre of Zinara. Univern entered into a partnership with Zinara, in a bid to plug loopholes and stem the tide of corruption that had driven the parastatal to the top of THE graft ladder in the country. Zinara now boasts some of the best systems in the country and Mnangagwa said he had been pleasantly surprised at the level of technological innovation that the public private partnership has brought.

“In some areas I think we are at the top of the ladder in terms of the modernity of the technology we have. That is the way to go and that is where we are going.

“We cannot remain mediocre; this is why we say Zimbabwe is open for business because we want to catch up, to leapfrog and catch up with other countries. And my mantra now, besides Zimbabwe is open for business, is that by 2030 we must be a middle-income country,” said Mnangagwa while calling for unity of purpose.

The President quipped that the level of technology that Univern has established allowed the company to monitor the whole country from Harare.

“I am so happy you have this drive and realise you can monitor the whole country from here except the Office of the President.

“As the old generation we must create the climate, but the young generation can adapt to technology easily. So I wish you more innovation,” he said.

Univern chief executive officer Phil Mushosho said his organisation had been energised by Mnangagwa’s visit.

“That he took time off his busy schedule and on a weekend to visit us shows the depth of his appreciation of what the private sector can bring to this economy. We have different systems for different departments in government, but the good thing is that these are fully integrated to allow for cross-pollination of ideas and technological transfer as well as skills sharing,” Mushosho said.

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22 Comments

  1. This is just a basic IT network infrastucture set up with instructions that even come written on the back of a retail cctv pack box. Anyone can monitor every room of their home on their smartphone these days from the other side of the world. It just shows that ED & his crew are men of yesterday when they get impressed with child’s play technology

    1. LOL…..PAKAIPA

    2. Engineer Theocracy G

      Yoooooooooooooo……..

    3. he actually admitted that. we cant change that. we are happy he appreciates. He said we create a conducive climate the younger generation grminate ideas and become innovative. i am happy for that

  2. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader

    Agreed , that is why we want a young leader to be our President

    1. Really? So the criteria for choosing the leader of a nation is age group.

  3. i guess this is nelsons field

  4. When we criticise for the sake of it, it becomes senseless. Bob ndiye aikugonai hamudi kupiwa freedom yekutaura maZimbo munoita kurutsa!

    1. Vasabhuku zveTechnology idololo! asi wati kuponda vanhu! hawuuu ndiro department!

  5. cutting age technology to view motorvehicles passing zinara tollgates ,its cctv cameras zvizere izvo chero safeguard inoita comeon man !!!! this unvern company won a dubios tender at zinara and like chivayo was paid funds left right and center we need them also tob e investigated

  6. Leaders ought to administer and facilitate. They don’t have to do the actual running of business in any enterprise. Even a hundred year old can do the facilitation exercise if they so wish. Chamisa’s main field is inexperience, childishness and naivety. that would not be of any benefit to the country.

    1. Wakupenga manje. Wedzera bepa mhani. What do you by saying a 100 year old person can facilitate things?! Fokoro mhani!

  7. Why is some private organisation runnung ZINARA tollgates, haisi state capture here iyi.

  8. Prophet you sound Zanuoid…….

  9. Engineer Theocracy G

    yea i see……zimbos sometimes jus criticise just to criticise

  10. Mr president, nice to know that you are keeping up to date with technology. We applaud you for this. Next visit Beitbridge and check that the entry side of the border does not have a scanner and yet the entry side of South Africa has one.

    Do you want to know where our national scanner was placed? On the exit side! It serves no purpose when its on the exit side, it should be on the entry side to help check what is coming into the country. You can help reduce importation of drugs, smuggling of goods and other undesirable imports. Visit the border and you will be surprised with this simple process which is helping to bleed the country of essential duty taxes

    1. scanner is there on both sides entry and exit but they should scan small vehicles and buses and well and not just haulage trucks.

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  12. Huwori Manyanya

    This is the same company that was without going tender awarded a contract to supply Zinara with 80+ motorised graders, sorry, motorised snow ploughs (sic). What business does this Univern do?

  13. Locked out. Were they even aware they is such a company.ed Fire dead wood

  14. Give chimombe

    whose company is this. we know this old man for using proxies

  15. You need a sense of humour to understand ED. Did you really miss the humour, Richard? Or you guys just wanted an enticing headline?

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