President Mnangagwa pleased with vaccine uptake

By Justin Mahlahla

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he is pleased by the turnout by people to receive vaccination doses.

He said this while addressing the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Zanu PF Politburo this morning.

“During the ensuing two weeks of lockdown, the vaccination programme will be rolled out through centres within our communities to enhance easier access by the people. Additional health staff has also been deployed to augment vaccination teams,” he said.

He said the two million vaccine doses that arrived last week are enough to vaccinate one million people, with each receiving two doses and more vaccines have been procured and will continue to be delivered.

“All Party structures across all Wings are directed to take a leading role in mobilising our people for vaccinations. Meanwhile, I urge the nation to strictly observe the public health

guidelines, masking up, sanitising, maintaining social distance, desisting from unnecessary movements and acting responsibly,” said the President.

President Mnangagwa also thanked the private sector and development partners for their complementary role in the fight against the pandemic.

The President said preparations for the upcoming 2021/ 2022 agriculture season have begun in earnest and Government will continue to avail resources for the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa and other Input support schemes.

“On the broader development agenda, the Party must actively participate in the devolution programmes right from the ward level up to the provinces. It is these programmes that have far reaching impacts on the quality of the lives of our people. Hence, as we continue to prepare for the 2023 elections the Party must equally use all available media platforms and its structures to continuously publicise Party successes and ongoing projects at the grassroots levels,” he added.

Detractors, sell-outs and their appendages must forever be silenced at the 2023 Harmonised General Elections, said the President.

“As the election season unfolds, we are observing a notable number of NGOs diverting from their operational mandates to delve into political matters that amounts to interference in the internal affairs of our sovereign country. My Government will not broker any such disregard for our laws and will proceed to de-register all organisations found in the wrong.

Party structures must be vigilant and expose such elements. Party structures, particularly the District Coordinating Committees office bearers in the Business Liaisons, Youth and Women League Secretariats from the Cell, Branch, right up to Provincial level; in urban areas and growth points are called upon to implement robust mobilisation programmes to bring every urbanite to ZANU PF, the home of the people’s revolution.”

Regarding the unrest in South Africa, President Mnangagwa wished the sister country a speedy resolution of the crisis.

“In the case of South Africa, we wish the current challenges facing our brothers and sisters in that country, are soon resolved.

He said, “The evident progress and successes in the implementation of development projects and programmes under the National Development Strategy-1 must inspire us to do more for the people of our great country.”

“Sustainable socio-economic and political development programmes within our Party,  involving farmers, students, professionals, the academia, women and the youth, must be rolled out more enthusiastically. The centre of every programme must be the people and the betterment of their quality of life. Over and above this, our Party must continue to reinvent itself, sustain its revolutionary legacy and grow from strength to strength. The revolutionary and Pan- African ethos of emancipating and liberating the masses must always be kept alive.”