“STOLEN MONEY RETURNS” . . . President says millions in externalised funds flow back to Zim

President Mnangagwa is welcomed by his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob on the third leg of his regional tour to brief fellow Sadc leaders on developments in Zimbabwe that culminated in his ascension to the Presidency

President Mnangagwa is welcomed by his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob on the third leg of his regional tour to brief fellow Sadc leaders on developments in Zimbabwe that culminated in his ascension to the Presidency

Tendai Mugabe in WINDHOEK, Namibia
ZIMBABWE will never be the same again as Government is addressing all challenges facing the nation with renewed effort and vigour, President Mnangagwa said yesterday.

Addressing Zimbabweans resident in Namibia soon after meeting his Namibian counterpart, President Hage Geingob on the third leg of his regional tour to apprise fellow Sadc leaders of developments in Zimbabwe that culminated in his ascension to the Presidency, Cde Mnangagwa revealed that his call for the return of externalised funds was being heeded and substantial millions had since been returned.

The President revealed that he had given all Cabinet ministers targets to meet within their first 100 days in office, and some opposition parties were already claiming that he had stolen their manifestos saying as long as the ideas fell within the purview of the national interest, he was duty-bound to attend to them.

He explained amendments made to the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act as well as the vast opportunities presented by the new dispensation across all sectors.

“Let me assure you that Zimbabwe is not the same again and will not be the same again,” he said.

“My administration focuses on the following issues, one – unity, unity, unity. Love, love, love. Work, work and work. All Zimbabweans we get united under our national flag and national anthem. We accept that we may have different views about how to run the country and that again, we accept it. So, we don’t need violence at all whether with the family or the community or the country. If people differ, differ peacefully. It must be an intellectual difference in terms of approach. That should not be developed into violence. We must accept each other as sisters and brothers determined to develop our country.

“I think we have more than 27 opposition parties in the country but with my focused administration, I hardly see whether they will find ground left behind which I am not taking care of. I said so back home and the response is that, Cde Mnangagwa has taken over our various manifestos. No! My administration addresses the national interests of our country and where the ideas of any opposition party coincides with national interests, that I take on board and it becomes mine and not theirs.

“Secondly, as a party, which is Zanu-PF, we are determined to walk the talk.”

President Mnangagwa explained the opportunities available for investment in areas such as mining, agriculture, education, tourism and infrastructure development among others.

With regards to mining, the President said Government had removed the 51 percent local shareholding requirement and restricted that to diamonds and platinum only.

He said in the agriculture sector, Zimbabwe had managed to restore its breadbasket status after successfully implementing the Command Agriculture programme last year.

Said President Mnangagwa:

“We have to look at our educational institutions. During our time, when we went to school a long time ago, we were educated in order to look for jobs to be a clerk or nurse or a driver but we are saying, our tertiary institutions should have curriculums that talk to the industry so that what industry requires, the institutions must produce products who can work in the industry meeting the requirements of the industry.

“There should be this inter-marriage between the needs of industry and the institutions producing graduates from our institutions. That time is now over where universities pride themselves on producing many graduates.

“They must produce graduates who can fit our economic times — the technology of today and not all of them should be products who look for employment. They must also be creators of employment.”

President Mnangagwa said Government had set aside a fund to assist young people keen to start businesses that create employment.

On his visit to Namibia, President Mnangagwa was accompanied by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Lt General (Retired) Sibusiso Moyo and Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba.

Meanwhile President Mnangagwa returned home last night and he was received at the Robert Mugabe International Airport by his two deputies General Constantino Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga (Retired) and Cde Kembo Campbell Mohadi, among other Government officials.

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    As a frontline Vote Ngwena campaigner I’m worried about these endless foreign trips. Use the little money available Baba to work with the committed Zimbabweans at home to rebuild the country. It makes no sense to sing that money has been brought back when it doesn’t benefit the majority of the people who are still sleeping on bank queues only to be told that there is no money; when we are still earning electronic money and are forced to buy hard cash on the black market at a rate that leaves us with half-salaries. Don’t be another Robert Mugabe who knew the streets of Singapore better than the road to Tsholotsho, Binga or even Harare Hospital.

    • Tinowaziwa

      Hear, hear!

    • Silent_Observer

      Not really, you need foreign relations! He is obliged to visit his region. you simply dont get it do you?

      • Bhalagwe survivor

        Mutasawakakora is dead right, charity begins at home then foreigners will come after seeing there is economic niche, political tolerance and so on.

  • Joy

    Airport visits to meet the president by cabinet should be abolished urgently.

    • Ijaha leNkabazwe

      That should include seeing HIM off. Zuma leaves and arrives quietly its not an issue at all

  • makhosi

    The heading should be: “ED concludes regional visit.” The money issue is not detailed to warrant headline. Millions can be $12 million, which is nothing to a nation. We need figures!!

    • FINDO

      true Makhosi

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  • musa

    headline & story are parallel & opposite.

  • Nkunzemnyama

    1. Wrong headline. 2. This boot-licking by VPS and ministers must stop.

  • Galveston

    You know ….. this sounds too good to be true. Suddenly (with this new dispensation thing) the state controlled media is portraying the new administration as a people centred, hardworking and dedicated machine that’s fixing everything in the nation that was broken. Yet evidence on the ground suggests differently. The cash crunch is still very much with us. Joblessness is rapidly increasing as more students are being churned out of institutions of leaning, with no prospects for employment as companies remain shut. Prices are shooting through the roof and most of all; repressive legislation has not been revoked, while reforms spelled out in the nations current constitution are being pointedly ignored. Was Bob better? No! Or was Smith better? Again it’s no! Yet the new kid on the block has to irrefutably prove that he’s serious about making this nation to work again – as a democracy where the rule of law and human rights are respected in order to establish the basis for trusting relationships with the nations citizens and more essentially with willing investors.

    • Galveston

      Then again ….. this nation has the natural and human resources to get back on its feet without the aid of outside investors. Such investors come here with conditions heavily weighing in their favour, leaving us poorer after they’ve extracted our resources and taken these to their homelands. The administration needs to work on viable policies which ensure that locals will control the whole through-processess of beneficiation from abstraction to product finishing. That way, there will be no loans to pay off, while if those in charge are honest, we’ll have much fuller pockets!

      • makhosi

        ED’s mere mention of mutual respect between politicians is most welcome. Good start of a very long journey.

        • Bhalagwe survivor

          He was beaten to brains by Jonathan Moyo, and hounded out of the country by guns,Mnangagwa is saying Jonso is a fugitive at the same time portraying himself as the unifier of divergent views, my foot.

    • Seles

      The media is singing for its supper. If Mugabe was to return to power they will quickly jump ship once more and resume worshipping him again. Where is this money they say was returned by the looters and who are these looters?

  • Edzafire

    The president is right there is no country which can run without the involvement of foreign nations so he has to rebuilt what was broken down so as to attract foreign investments. This is my point of view that the president is 100% ryt and it is not only Zimbabwe which does that but every president visits his counterparts upon assuming office

  • http://pymmutubuki.wix.com/chess pym.mutubuki

    This continuation of misleading headlines, is unpardonably careless.

  • Kp

    People should be named and shamed or is it the case they will point fingers to people ??? In a society where there is transparency this happens

  • Shina

    Only village idiots will believe this ? OK Cde President why do we still have bank queue and withdrawals limited to $ 30 per person ?

    This advisor of yours called Mutsvanga will hand you a defeat come elections.

    We have shortages in hospitals and typhoid in Harare and here is your gov busy dishing out cars to chiefs.You will lose if you do not change your ways.

    And tell me why do you need such a large party to see you off the airport ?

    Asi chi nayi ? And your unnecessary utterances on land in Namibia and you begging for money from the whites you boast you kicked ass.Sometimes its best not to comment.