By Reuben Barwe and Justin Mahlahla
President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the Second Republic is working round the clock to ensure no one is left behind in the national development matrix.
He was speaking at the official opening of the 9th edition of the National Disability Expo in Gweru this Wednesday.
“There are barriers which must be removed so that we walk together. Today I can tell you that last week I appointed a blind Judge of the High Court… But the issue is that my administration and I are committed to do everything in our power to help.
“As I went around the exhibitions, I made up my mind that we should establish a fund that assists people with disabilities. Also, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of your products,” said the President.
He advised the leaders of the people with disabilities to strengthen relationships with similar groups around the world if they are to grow the national expo into an international event.
“The Second Republic has Vision 2030 which stipulates where the country must be in the areas of development, electricity, agriculture, safe drinking water, boreholes etc. We have the strategy and plan to reach 2030 with uplifted livelihoods that are characteristic of a middle-income economy.
“We have heard your requests to be part of the Pfumvudza programme, province by province. You must have clear registers province by province and submit details to your minister, who will ensure that you receive your Pfumvudza inputs,” President Mnangagwa said.
He said the Disability Bill is before Parliament and will enable government to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
President Mnangagwa encouraged the gathering to love their country and trust each other.
“Work for your country and love it. Be patriotic and be remembered for having worked for the prosperity of your country. Do not be sellouts like others who have called for sanctions to be imposed on Zimbabwe.”