‘Dark forces have tempered with growth, prosperity for too long’

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday said that his administration has faced massive setbacks – natural and man-made since he assumed office. In the last election in 2018, President Mnangagwa secured 50.8% of the vote, enough to avoid a run-off against his main opponent, Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance.

Chamisa won 44.3% of the vote, with the remainder spread among 21 other candidates. “The New Dispensation came with the clear goal to improve the plight of the majority of our people, through an elaborate agenda to reform, restructure and rebuild, towards the achievement of Vision 2030,” President Mnangagwa said in a State of the Nation Address.

“Unfortunately, my administration has faced many hurdles and attacks since its inauguration.” Mnangagwa said: “These included the divisive politics of some opposition elements, the illegal sanctions, cyclones, droughts and more recently, the deadly Covid-19 pandemic”.

“Added to this, is economic aggression, local currency manipulation and detractors who fear the inevitable imminent success of our reforms.” He said all this was meant to undermine projected economic growth and stability. The dark forces, he said, both inside and outside have tempered with the country’s growth and prosperity for too long.

“They have thrived on dividing us. Let us as a people embrace that call for patriotism, hard work, transparency, accountability, love, unity, and peace,” he said.President Mnangagwa added that: “Now is the time to embrace the opportunities before us with optimism and determination to transform and modernise our society. The door to the old manner of doing things is shut. The corrupt way is closed.”

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