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We will develop Zimbabwe against all odds: ED


Harare (New Ziana) – Zimbabwe will achieve all its developmental aspirations despite the economic warfare being waged against it by its erstwhile enemies who, having lost colonial power decades ago, have launched a renewed push to install a puppet regime in the country, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.

Over 20 years of Western economic sanctions designed to weaken the economy, and in turn force citizens to rise up against the government, have so far failed to instigate illegal regime change in Zimbabwe.

The sanctions have resulted in the country losing billions of dollars in potential investment and revenue.

But, President Mnangagwa said government was going full steam ahead with the country’s development agenda inspite of the hurdles put in its way.

“While yesteryear the war was fought on the battle front, the Second Republic is well aware of the machinations of our detractors who are fighting us on the economic front. Today they are waging asymmetrical warfare to make our economy scream and our people suffer. Under my watch, they will never succeed; we will never surrender our economy. Against all odds we will win the economic battle and attain a prosperous future for our people,” he said at the burial of Brigadier General (Rtd) Benjamin Mabenge at the National Heroes Acre.

“We must remain resolute, determined and focused, particularly in an environment in which our former colonisers and those that seek global hegemony continue to punish us for owning our land and that which is under it. Under my leadership and watch, Zimbabweans shall forever be masters of their own destiny, in charge of their rich God given natural resource endowments.”

President Mnangagwa said Zimbabweans must draw lessons from the country’s rich liberation war culture to accelerate the attainment of vision 2030.

“Our state-owned enterprises must be guided by the ethos of the liberation struggle to propel the socio-economic development of our country for the benefit of all our people. Those cadres deployed to serve in national institutions, parastatals and other related boards must be patriotic and loyal to the national interest,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa bemoaned the continued loss of national leaders as Mabenge’s death, on August 1, came barely two weeks after the death of another national hero, Oliver Chidawu.

The President said Brigadier General Mabenge, who was also known by his chimurenga name comrade Freddie Matanga, was a stalwart of the liberation struggle who joined the war in Mozambique in 1973.

He later moved on to Mgagao, in Tanzania, where he received military training in a group that included the late National Hero Lieutenant General Edzai Chimonyo, and the current Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, Lieutenant General David Sigauke.

Soon after completing his training, he was deployed to work in various projects in Mgagao targeted at the upkeep of cadres during military training in Tanzania, before leaving Tanzania in 1974 for the war front.

In 1976, he was appointed Member of General Staff and subsequently a member of the High Command.

Between 1977 and 1978, he operated in the Gaza Province as the Provincial Commander.

The late hero was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army in 1981, where he rose through the ranks to Brig General.

Upon his retirement, he was deployed to several national boards, including at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Services Commission.

Between 2010 and 2014, he also served as the deputy general manager for Anjin Diamond Mining Company.

“He was a principled, intelligent and meticulous cadre, who without hesitation always demonstrated unflinching consistency, perseverance and commitment to the correct line of the revolution,” President Mnangagwa said.

“He was a forthright and articulate man who was passionate about the well-being and economic development of Zimbabwe.”
New Ziana