President Mnangagwa predicts huge electoral victory
Bulawayo (New Ziana) – President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday Zanu PF will win this month’s general elections resoundingly and continue its social and economic development programmes and projects for the benefit of the entire country.
Addressing tens of thousands of party supporters at a rally here, he said Zanu PF would not be distracted from its development policies by the opposition which only focused on criticising government, most times without justifiable reasons.
The country holds presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on August 23 to choose new leaders and representatives for the next five years.
“We are going to win resoundingly all local and parliamentary seats. The opposition must go so that Zanu PF can come to develop and rebuild our nation. All the local authorities controlled by the opposition across the country are a shame, shame, shame,” President Mnangagwa said, referring to the failure by most urban authorities to deliver services such as water, road maintenance and refuse collection.
“Our signature is that we deliver, we deliver and deliver. The opposition talks in the morning, talks in the afternoon, talks at night, while Zanu PF is about action, action, action, and results. Our party is on the road to deliver high quality life for our people, and we are committed. We are a people’s party. Step by step we are
modernising and industrialising our country,” he said.
President Mnangagwa told the rally, held at Mkhithika grounds in Cowdray Park, that a firm foundation for social and economic development had been laid in the last five years in the form of construction of new dams, power generating plants, modernisation of roads and other infrastructure that the country was now set for sustained growth in coming years.
This, he said, was being done on a massive scale across the country.
“Sustainable development is being witnessed everywhere. Household by household, township by township, ward by ward no place will be left behind under the Zanu PF philosophy of Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo,” he said.
“No one can claim the crown of leadership because Zanu PF is the only party that fought for total emancipation of black people from colonial rule,” President Mnangagwa added.
He said despite western sanctions, the country’s economy registered the fastest growth in the region in the last three years.
“We are running our country on the basis of our own domestic resources. For 23 years, we had sanctions and we have not received any foreign support. No foreign lines of credits have been availed to us, but we have developed our country on the basis of resources which we were given by God above,” he said.
Turning to Bulawayo city, he said government had drawn up plans to restore it to its former glory of the industrial hub of the nation, first by ensuring it had sustainable water sources.
“Under the Second Republic, we are committed to ensuring the supply of water in Bulawayo. That’s why I had Nyamandlovu Aquifer as my first step. My second step was drawing water from Gwayi Shangani. We are building the Gwayi Shangani dam which was designed in 1912. Under the Second Republic, we are building the Gwayi Shangani which will supply water to the city,” President Mnangagwa said.
“Once this is completed, we will say goodbye to water problems,” he said, adding that the Gwayi Shangani pipeline was currently under construction.
Before this was achieved, President Mnangagwa said, his administration had been drilling boreholes across the province to avert water shortages, adding that so far eight boreholes out of 20 had been drilled since last week.
He also commended Zimbabweans in the Diaspora for remitting funds and investing back home.
“Many of our people in the diaspora remember there is a place called home. They come back after realising they were born in this great country, and they are investing back in Zimbabwe. I say to them continue to be patriotic and invest back home and remember where you come from,” he said.
“Where you are is not your home, you are visitors so remember where your mother gave you birth, and that’s Zimbabwe,” said President Mnangagwa.