6 years of EDeliverables

In 2017, Zimbabwe was characterised by food insecurity, roads were festooned with potholes, there were long winding queues for fuel, life for the ordinary person was not easy, until President Mnangagwa, like a knight in shining armour, came along with his holistic approach to national development encapsulated in the philosophy, ”Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo”.

President Mnangagwa assumed the reins and took up Zimbabwe’s most powerful post and, subsequently, the country’s fortunes turned for the better, and now Zimbabwe is food secure and establishing itself as an exporter of cereals, something that was beyond the realms of dreams some six years ago.

The country’s infrastructure is developing at an unprecedented pace and ultimately Zimbabwe is eyeing to become an upper middle class economy ahead of schedule.

But before November 24, 2017, exactly six years ago that all seemed like a pipedream.

Now President Mnangagwa has Zimbabwe purring, the Harare-Beitbridge Highway, which was once a death trap is now carpeted, the Beitbridge Border Post where travellers used to take days on end to pass through has been modernised to world class standards and is now arguably the best in the region servicing thousands daily.

Indeed, it is Masvingo “netara” with more than 80 percent of the Harare-Beitbridge Highway now open to the public.

A state-of-the-art high tech Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport was completed and opened to the public, serving as one of the several signature projects initiated by President Mnangagwa.

As always President Mnangagwa is spearheading equitable and inclusive development across the country as he seeks to ensure “no one and no place is left behind”.

For the once marginalised Matabeleland region in particular, the Government has defied the odds through the successful implementation of several high-impact projects such as the Lake Gwayi-Shangani, which is nearing completion and is being built using resources from the fiscus.

First mooted in 1912 as a permanent solution to Bulawayo’s perennial water woes, successive administrations including during the colonial era both failed to implement the project until the ushering in of the Second Republic.

A pipeline is under construction linking the massive water body with Bulawayo, which will create a greenbelt and livestock hubs that will transform the province’s economy and create more jobs.

Increased productivity in agriculture through deliberate policies by President Mnangagwa’s administration such as irrigation development, have been paying off. Under its stewardship, Zimbabwe is for the first time in many years, food self-sufficient for the past three years.

A sneak view into recent history will show that Zimbabwe has been able to achieve food security and is now moving towards food sovereignty after achieving the highest tobacco and wheat outputs in decades.

Fuel shortages which crippled the country since 1999, have been dealt with decisively.

Under President Mnangagwa the Central Registry Building in Harare was completed and is now operational, offering better services and has also decentralised its services with citizens now accessing critical documents in the once side-lined places like Muzarabani, Hwange, Guruve, Murewa, Hwedza among others.

The new state-of-the-art Parliament Building constructed in Mt Hampden is now operational and is a clear testament of the visionary leadership of President Mnangagwa.

On the other hand, the mining sector has been on an unprecedented boom, growing from a mere US$2 billion industry in 2017 to about US$12 billion industry currently.

The opening of innovation hubs at all tertiary institutions to enhance Education 5.0 has also been key to the country’s development as evidenced by the churning out of innovative solutions that are addressing market challenges.

More companies are also being established across the country, creating more employment opportunities for youths in line with the mantra “Nyika Inovakwa nevene vayo”.

Under the innovation hub programme, the construction of the Simon Mazorodze Medical School was completed as well the construction and equipping of the Midlands State University National Pathology Research and Diagnostics Centre.

The establishment of more State universities to ensure that each province has a tertiary institution, has also been a boon for the country’s development.

Basking in more successes, the country launched its first satellite, ZimSat-1, into space and now Zimbabwe is deriving benefits such as enhancement of mineral exploration and mapping of human settlements through the earth observation and data transmission satellite.

The satellite is providing data analysis and prediction of weather patterns and droughts as well as disaster monitoring, while it will be also possible to execute other assignments such as assessment of water quality and soil fertility.

The construction of thousands of low-cost houses and flats for civil servants is underway across the country and many houses have since been completed.

To improve the health emergency services, President Mnangagwa spearheaded the procurement of Air ambulances to improve the country’s health sector.

Over 35 dams across the country have been built and rehabilitated. Same with irrigation schemes rehabilitated and established.

Water systems are being rehabilitated across the country with thousands of boreholes drilled so far and others repaired. A target of 35 000 boreholes has been set across the country.

In terms of energy, the Government invested more than US$1 billion in the expansion of Hwange Power Station, adding Units 7 and 8, both of which have added 300MW each.

The uniting President also redressed past injustices granting national hero statuses to the likes of Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole and Cde James Chikerema, who had been shunned by the First Republic.

As for the Transitional Stabilisation Programme, of 2018-2020 which laid a robust base for economic growth for the period 2021-2030, the President in his term was implementing the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).

This led to unprecedented economic growth, with the country’s economy being the fastest growing in the region, never mind the deleterious effects of the illegal economic sanctions whose primary motive is to stunt growth.

President Mnangagwa revamped the country’s foreign policy, and now advances economic diplomacy.

Now Zimbabwe has cordial relations with many countries including the United Kingdom as a result of the engagement and re-engagement drive.

In line with the “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra, the President has also addressed the ease of doing business through reforms, and set up the Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency.

ZIDA has reduced the number of days it takes to approve new businesses from 30 to seven, helping to increase investment.

The Second Republic ably led by President Mnangagwa also opened up the airwaves with the licencing of several new television stations and 14 community radio stations and eight campus radio stations for the achievement of broadcasting diversity and plurality.

It also introduced the media Cabinet briefing to update the nation on critical deliberations discussed on a weekly basis.

Some achievements of the Second Republic

  • The Presidential Title Deeds Programme has been launched, giving title to many homeowners who were duped into buying State land by opposition councillors.
  • The Government established the Integrated Social Protection Management System to strengthen the country’s social protection initiatives.
  • Introduced harmonised cash transfers as a safety net, assisting 555 000 vulnerable households.
  • Established the Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank to empower women. Thousands of women have obtained loans to start their businesses.
  • Established the Empowerbank to support young people with loans to set up own businesses. Over 7 000 youths have so far obtained loans.
  • Tackling the domestic and external debt and arrears clearance through a process being championed by African Development Bank president Dr Akinwumi Adesina with former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano being the High-Level Facilitator.
  • Protecting the girl child through reform of the Marriages Act.
  • Improved biodiversity through community awareness and training programmes.
  • Improved compliance through implementation of the International Accounting Standards (IPAS).
  • Gender-based violence call-centre established to benefit victims and survivors of GBV. The centre is linked with the Police Victim Friendly Unit and provides counselling services as required.
  • Construction of a state-of-the-art Quinary hospital. On completion, the hospital is expected to offer the highest specialised care and train specialist health personnel.
  • Brought economic stability through the introduction of gold coins.
  • Deployed modern agricultural equipment as part of the mechanisation programme, resulting in high yields.
  • Launched the Presidential Goat Scheme which has transformed the lives of thousands of people across all provinces.
  • Introduced the Pfumvudza/Intwasa concept, which has seen maize productivity levels increasing by over 280 percent to a national average of 1,4 tonnes per hectare from 0,5 tonnes per hectare.
  • Attracted investment for what will become Africa’s largest steel plant. Dinson is setting up a US$1 billion plant in Manhize, Mvuma. A new town is also being set up there.
  • Increased national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by US$10 billion since 2018.
  • Achieved Zimbabwe’s first trade surplus since 2000.
  • Commissioned fire-fighting trucks which are expected to increase the fleet for local authorities to make them prepared for disasters.
  • Also revamping the public transport sector through acquisition of new buses.
  • Improving quality of education even during the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 1 000 primary and secondary schools were established to help reduce the distance walked by learners to school.
  • Commissioned a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) centre at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. This is set to improve the country’s primary health care delivery.
  • Increased the capacity of local manufacturers, resulting in locally produced goods taking up 85 percent of supermarket shelves, up from 37 percent in 2017.
  • Set up of lithium processing plants in Bikita, Kamativi, Goromonzi and other areas.
  • Resumption of Open Heart Surgeries at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. Patients no longer need to travel to India and other countries to access the lifesaving operations.
  • Decentralised the justice system, which has seen a new magistrates’ courts being opened in Epworth bringing justice closer to the people. More courts are expected to be opened closer to the people.
  • Reopened Eureka Gold Mine in Guruve and has increased its gold output.
  • Implementation of the mechanisation programme in the agriculture sector, which has ensured the country’s food self-sufficiency.
  • Introduced several programmes to improve livestock production in Zimbabwe, such as the Presidential Tick-Grease Scheme.
  • Introduction of fisheries in communities to improve nutrition and livelihoods.
  • Establishment of the first Orthopaedic hospital in Bulawayo.
  • Establishment of gold buying centres, which have helped to plug suspected smuggling of the precious mineral out of the country.
  • Security of tenure for farmers. Highly securitised A2 permits are now being issued in place of offer letters. Farmers are no longer expected to apply for 99-year leases, instead, the annual production and productivity returns now form the basis for assessment and issuance of 99-year leases.
  • Construction of the Karanda Bridge to improve connectivity in the area.
  • Karoi-Binga Road construction, development of Kanyemba, Construction of the key Rwenya Bridge which connects Mashonaland East with Manicaland provinces, construction of the Mushandirapamwe-Hwedza road.
  • Creation of the Political Actors Dialogue platform after the 2018 elections.

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