COMMENT: The President lives to lead us to economic freedom

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The Chronicle

Eighty is a milestone.

Biblically, the number represents the beginning of a period of freedom from oppression. The Holy Book tells us that Moses was 80 years old when he asked Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to free the Israelites from slavery. It also denotes maturity. Moses writes in Psalm 90 that a person’s general lifespan is 70 years, but if one is strong, they can live to and beyond the ripe old age of 80.

Therefore, to be 80 years old is huge, especially for someone who, at 18, escaped death by hanging because he was a minor on whom the ultimate sentence cannot be carried out. Turning 80 is significant for someone who faced several near-death situations later in life. He survived more than 10 years fighting the armed struggle to liberate his country. Later, and now as his country’s vice president, his opponents escalated their plot against him, staging public events where they attacked him verbally, live on national television. He claps his hands as the most virulent, callous and humiliating attacks rain down on him.

At 75, he ingests a poison intended to kill him, but he survives. Three months later, he was sacked from his position as vice-president. Knowing that his opponents were eager to eliminate him, he escapes on foot for tens of kilometers outside his country.

However, after two short weeks, he is back home, with the masses mobilizing across the country to promote him to vice president. Maybe if you escaped assassination attempts so many times, you might have escaped all there is to escape.

“A true patriot, fearless revolutionary and veteran of the second Chimurenga that liberated Zimbabwe from colonial slavery, Cde Mnangagwa has dedicated his entire life to nation building and advancing the values ​​of freedom, unity, of peace and solidarity in pursuit of the development agenda,” his office said while congratulating him on his 80th birthday yesterday.

“Under your leadership,” said his party, Zanu-PF, “our government continues to accelerate and excel in the implementation of our Zanu-PF People’s Manifesto, marking among many successes, including security food, infrastructure development, economic stability, quality education, fighting corruption as well as advocating for the advancement and advancement of women and youth and putting Zimbabwe on the world map through the global diplomacy of the engagement and re-engagement with all nations. On this day, we also celebrate your development philosophy which ‘Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo/Ilizwe lakhiwa ngaba nikazi balo,’ and in doing so, we must ensure that “no one or place should be left behind”.

President Mnangagwa and his colleagues liberated the country from British political rule in 1980, which is commendable.

However, the oppression was broader than the political. The country has yet to achieve economic freedom. The people of Zimbabwe must dominate their economy from agriculture, mining, manufacturing, logistics, tourism, etc. Many of its inhabitants must be freed from poverty.

We see a lot of work in this direction and a number of successes have been achieved since November 2017.

President Mnangagwa’s government has proposed many policy measures to elevate the country to upper-middle-income status by 2030. Through decentralization, it is investing in infrastructure in a way we have never seen before . Clinics, schools, dams, power generation facilities, irrigation systems, hospitals, roads, ports and other essential public infrastructure are being built across the country. These massive investments mean jobs for tens of thousands of Zimbabweans and more secure livelihoods. The quality of life of the population should improve. The economy is modernizing.

Yes, we have indicated that Zimbabweans must dominate their economy, but that does not mean that Zimbabwe does not want foreign investment.

Through the President’s engagement and re-engagement policy, an environment in which foreign capital can feel comfortable is being created. Therefore, we see foreign investment coming into the local mining, energy development, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing sectors.

The transformation is also evident in the country’s education sector. It is refocused to emphasize the production of goods and services and the solving of real problems. Universities and colleges produce goods and services that contribute to national development.

The future will certainly not be simple. There will be challenges along the way.

However, we are confident that the country, under the leadership of President Mnangagwa, is taking bold steps to consolidate its political freedom while moving towards greater economic freedom.

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