ED promises empowerment for youths, women
Kwekwe (New Ziana) -President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday government will press ahead with development and empowerment programmes, especially for youths and women.
Addressing thousands of party supporters at the Midlands by-election campaign rally launch at Mbizo Stadium, President Mnangagwa said the Second Republic has scored many success stories in agriculture, road infrastructure, education, youth and women empowerment.
On agriculture, the ZANU-PF first secretary said over two million households have benefited from the Pfumvudza programme introduced by the Second Republic
He said the government will continue to provide inputs to those under the Pfumvudza programme for self-sustainability and development.
“We gave inputs in excess of two million households in the country for the Pfumvudza programme …. but the majority of people in the country who received good rains had a good harvest.”
He said after noticing that those who benefited from the Command Agriculture were reluctant to repay the loans, the Second Republic had to introduce the CBZ Agro Process where farmers are given loans and repay the bank.
President Mnangagwa said the Second Republic declared the state of the roads a national disaster and took over the rehabilitation of roads and contracted local companies at the expense of foreign companies.
He despite the fact that most urban councils were under the opposition MDC party, government had to intervene and took over the upgrading of roads which were now littered with potholes.
The ZANU-PF first secretary said government had come up with empowerment programmes for youth and women, hence the introduction of their respective banks.
“The future of this country is our youth, so as the Second Republic we value the youth and the same time we also came up with a Women Empowerment Bank for women.
He said the Second Republic has created 10 extra National Assembly seats for youths and a 30 percent quota for women in local authorities.
“You can see how focused the Second Republic is, and this Second Republic is a ZANU-PF government. We are a listening presidency, we are a listening party, we hear your grievances and look for solutions to address them.”
President Mnangagwa said the government will continue to support every state university innovation hubs and industrial parks for commercialisation ation of their products.
“We have about 15 state universities which now have innovation hubs, … and fellow SADC countries want to also copy the idea of innovation hubs and have engaged the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Professor Murwira to come and teach them about the model in Zimbabwe of innovation hubs and industrial parks at universities.
“We have now over 200 patents from universities for products which we have been importing from other countries. Every month, we get a new product we remove from a list of thousands and thousands of products that we import from other countries….,” said President Mnangagwa.
He said Zimbabwe established a company in Mutare capable of producing 50 metric tonnes of medical oxygen per day, against the country’s demand of 150 metric tonnes per month.
President Mnangagwa said the Second Republic will build more factories in rural areas for the benefit of locals, like what has been done in Mtoko and Mwenezi.
“Horticulture farmers in Mtoko are now selling their produce there and getting money….
“We have another factory in Mwenezi, Masvingo which is producing Amarula. Mafura used to be eaten by goats. There is business in mapfura. People are there are making. …right now they are in the process of producing Whisky.”