We must leave this country better than we found it – President Mnangagwa

By Justin Mahlahla

ZANU PF President and First Secretary, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has challenged Zimbabweans to commit to building the country and vote for the progressive revolutionary party in the coming by-elections.

In his speech during the launch of the party’s campaign ahead of the March 26 by-elections, President Mnangagwa outlined ZANU PF’s developmental roadmap, highlighting the achievements of the party as well as its aspirations.

He thanked the residents of Epworth for coming out in their numbers, rallying the voters to elect Cde Zalera Makari, who will be contesting on behalf of the party in Epworth.

Regarding the promised title deeds for non-title-holders in the urban areas, President Mnangagwa advised that a more orderly process will be arranged for the issuance of the documents in the very near future.

“We sourced funds and gave to Professor Murwira’s ministry to carry out a geo-spatial survey. We have completed the survey and will build flats. We will move those who built on roads to the flats because we cannot move someone into the open,” he said.

He said: “Once you get hold of your title deed, you have security for your land. It becomes your inheritance. This will ultimately do away with land barons. So we are in this process of regularising settlements as well as issuing title deeds.”

“We introduced Pfumvudza and availed seeds and fertilizers for food security. We give inputs to the people, but some are stealing. We also have a dam construction and rehabilitation programme where we are saying every village must have a borehole. Every village in three years will have a borehole running on solar. Every village will have clean water and a village garden so that we are all food secure,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa advised the youths in the party to be patient and to learn from the senior leadership.

He reiterated his mantra that Zimbabwe is built by Zimbabweans, therefore the people of Zimbabwe have the power to choose who rules over them by voting the right candidates into power.

He also mentioned the Second Republic’s devolution programme that is bringing development to all the country’s provinces, driven by the beneficiaries themselves.

President Mnangagwa castigated the opposition-led urban councils for continuously failing the electorate through poor service delivery.

“Right now if you look at Harare – we have been at the hands of the MDC for about 20 years. Rubbish is not being removed, sewage is flowing everywhere, yet they continue saying CCC. Now we have the power to remove them. This does not require much, just your X on ZANU PF. For Harare council, over half of them are facing theft and fraud charges,” President Mnangagwa said.

“Here in Harare, regarding water, we are constructing Kunzvi Dam which will serve Harare, Chitungwiza Ruwa.”

He applauded the Second Republic for reviving the manufacturing sector, with up to 75% of locally-made products now being sold in the country’s supermarkets.

President Mnangagwa said the country is moving towards full use of its own currency, saying no country has ever developed by adopting other nations’ currencies.

The rally marked the launch of ZANU PF’s campaign trail ahead of the March 26 by-elections.