‘President’s Vision 2030 unstoppable’
George Maponga in MASVINGO
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has made tremendous progress in engendering socio-economic development and setting the tone for the nation to quickly achieve Vision 2030 goals through various game changing projects with a direct bearing on people’s lives, Vice President Kembo Mohadi has said.
VP Mohadi, who is also the Zanu PF Second Secretary, said the Second Republic has set Zimbabwe on the road to prosperity through signature projects in critical sectors of infrastructure development, mining and agriculture.
He said the revolutionary party did not need to join hands with other political parties in government adding that doing so will remove the socio-economic development momentum built by President Mnangagwa over the past five years.
The VP was addressing ruling party supporters at Chivake Primary School in Gutu West on Saturday where Zanu PF officially launched its campaign to drum up support for Cde John Paradza who is the revolutionary party’s candidate in a parliamentary by-election set for November 11.
The by-election comes after ZEC stayed voting to elect the Gutu West legislator on August 23 in the wake of the death of Mr Christopher Mutonho who was one of the candidates.
VP Mohadi rubbished talks of Zanu PF forming a Government of National Unity(GNU) with the opposition.
“There are others who have been pushing the agenda of a GNU; where will it come from? That will never happen because we don’t want to be disturbed in our programmes to transform the country that we embarked on five years ago.
“Over the past five years (after the advent of the New Dispensation) we have built dams, roads and everything including clinics and schools,” he said.
“We don’t want to work with people who will disturb our projects and programmes to change people’s lives. We are continuing from where we left and we don’t want to be disturbed on our programmes until we reach ‘Canaan’ in 2030 and reaching Canaan is making Zimbabwe an upper middle-income society by 2030.”
The Second Republic under President Mnangagwa has implemented various landmark projects around Zimbabwe that have pivoted the country towards attaining upper middle-income status in line with the leaving no one and no place behind philosophy.
Among these projects in Masvingo is the refurbishment of the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway which is almost complete. The highway will expedite the movement of humans and goods thereby growing the economy.
A 5MW mini-hydro power plant is under construction at Lake Mutirikwi while a bigger plant is set for Tugwi-Mukosi Dam and will generate 15MW.
Government has also undertaken to build Runde-Tende Dam in Chivi which will be one and half times bigger than Tugwi-Mukosi and will spur irrigation development and prospects of power generation.
Hundreds of new schools, clinics and irrigation schemes have also been commissioned countrywide as the Second Republic walks the talk on its drive to leave no one and no place behind.
“There are some people who sometimes go to the extent of even saying they don’t eat roads (being developed by the Second Republic) but roads are key enablers for development. To travel and visit your loved ones, one needs good roads.”
According to VP Mohadi, talk of forming a GNU with the opposition will never be countenanced because that will remove steam from the ongoing thrust to leapfrog development in line with Vision 2030.
“We will never work with the opposition because we don’t want to bring their squabbling to us. There is chaos in the opposition ranks where members are at each other’s throats. We don’t want to be disturbed, let them fight each other while we continue with our journey to Vision 2030 under the stewardship of President Mnangagwa who is our leader.”
The VP reminded Zimbabweans to continue supporting Zanu PF as the revolutionary party was the only political party in Zimbabwe with a clear vision of how to move the country forward.
Under the Second Republic, Zimbabwe has scored many firsts that have positioned the country on a new socio-economic trajectory with the Government prioritising value addition of local resources and optimising agricultural production to make sure the nation is a net food exporter and also cuts its huge import bill via import substitution.