Zim President cracks whip on ministers to get the ball rolling

HARARE – Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa told his new cabinet to get the ball rolling and “think outside the box” to stimulate economic growth and create employment.

Mnangagwa was speaking in his inaugural Cabinet meeting as Head of State and Government at the Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday.

He gave his new cabinet a week to present priority projects as well as quick-win measures under their purview that would promote sustainable socio-economic development and improve the livelihoods of Zimbabweans in the shortest period.

In his opening remarks, Mnangagwa made it clear that there is no time to worst and all ministers should get down to business and set priority and efficient measures that have visible impact on the ground.

“You will recall that my acceptance speech underlined that we will hit the ground running…we thus need to pursue high speed programme execution,” he said.

Mnangagwa reminded the ministers that all Zimbabweans are reliant on them to deliver decisive measures that will create jobs, uplift their livelihoods and promote social wellbeing of the country.

“I am sure you are aware that the advent of this dispensation has generated high expectations amongst all categories of our citizens, development partners and other stakeholders, who rightly see it as the dawn of a new era for Zimbabwe.”

“Our inaugural meeting comes against the backdrop of major socio-economic challenges that need to be urgently addressed. These include the scourge of corruption, the current liquidity crunch, low foreign direct investment inflows, low diaspora remittances, subdued export earnings and heavy dependency on imports…,” he said.

He added that all the projects should be compliant with the cabinet agenda, with clear deliverables within set timeframes.

“Let us, therefore, proceed to deliver in line with the objectives of this target-driven Cabinet,” he said.

President Mnangagwa has shown faith in his new cabinet and hopes everyone will deliver accordingly.

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