He said dialogue and constructive criticism must be promoted as
the center piece of national development in the new Zimbabwe.
National economic progress requires dedicated effort, hard work
and unflinching loyalty and patriotism by all Zimbabweans, he
Mnangagwa reiterated that the ongoing painful economic
reforms being implemented by his government are "necessary to
right-size the economy and reset it for sustainable economic
"Going forward, my government will continue to concentrate on
increasing production efficiencies across all sectors of the
economy," he said.
Mnangagwa assured the nation that no one will die of hunger
this year following the impact of cyclone Idai and drought that
left a third of the country’s population in need of food aid.
He commended the international community for contributing to
the country’s food relief efforts.
The United Nations last week raised its aid appeal for the
country from the initial 234 million U.S. dollars in February to
331.5 million dollars to deal with growing hunger in Zimbabwe.
According to the UN, at least 5.1 million people in the
country require food aid, and out of the 5.1 million people,
over 3 million, or 38 percent of the rural population, is
projected to be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in
An estimated 2.2 million people in urban areas are also food
insecure due to economic challenges, and require food aid.
Mnangagwa expressed satisfaction with monetary reforms that
have been implemented this year, resulting in the introduction
of a foreign currency inter-bank market in February and the
reintroduction of the Zimbabwe dollar in June.
He said currently, about 5 million U.S. dollars was being
traded daily on the inter-bank market at market rates on a
willing seller-willing buyer basis.
Prior to the inter-bank, foreign currency was mainly being
traded on the parallel market where traders charged exorbitant
In June, the government also banned the use of the U.S.
dollar and other foreign currencies for domestic transactions,
and reintroduced the Zimbabwe dollar as the sole legal tender,
effectively ending the multi-currency regime that had been in
existence since 2009.
Mnangagwa, however, expressed concern over the continued cash
shortages in the economy, and vowed to address the challenge
"We are aware that our people, especially those in rural
areas, are facing difficulties in transacting owing to cash
shortages," he said.
"This transient challenge will be addressed decisively in the
He added that efforts to turnaround the economy will remain
underpinned by a spirited campaign to eradicate corruption.
"This campaign will be waged relentlessly and without fear or
favor," Mnangagwa said.
Emmerson Mnangagwa thanks
external supporters on his first election anniversary
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa
has paid tribute to China and other friendly countries outside
the African continent for standing by Zimbabwe as it undergoes
political and economic transformation.
In a state of the nation address Friday night to mark his
first elective year in office, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe will
remain eternally grateful to the countries for the support.
"We remain eternally grateful to all those nations outside
the African Union which have stood by us through thick and thin,
principally the People’s Republic of China, Russia, India,
Belarus, Spain and Brazil. We never take their support for
granted," Mnangagwa said.
He said as his government continues to engage and re-engage
the world, he will visit Russia in October this year, the second
such visit in a year.
He also said through the re-engagement efforts, Zimbabwe was
now enjoying warm relations with Western countries that had
remained hostile to it over the past two decades.
He said the ultimate goal was the complete removal of
punitive Western sanctions on Zimbabwe.
He commended the political, economic and legislative reforms
his government has undertaken over the past year to improve
democratic space in the country.
He pledged to bring about a durable democratic dispensation
under his new government.
"As I address you, bad laws are being repealed, and are set
to be replaced by good ones which comply with our celebrated
Constitution and international tenets of good governance.
"No piece of legislation which is deemed offensive,
restrictive, or undemocratic will be spared," he said.
Among the laws facing repeal and replacement include the
Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act, blamed by the civic society and
opposition for stifling fundamental freedoms and liberties of
On the economic front, the president said painful but
necessary reforms had been undertaken over the past year, the
major highlight being the scrapping of the multiple currency
regime that had been in place since 2009, and the
re-introduction of the Zimbabwe dollar.
"Through this key reform, and the operationalization of open
market in all spheres, we have geared our economy for a major
transformation underpinned by greater efficiencies, fair value
and secure property rights," he said.
He urged the nation to remain patient with the reforms,
saying while the beginning may be painful, the medium to long
run will deliver durable jobs, economic stability, growth and
Zimbabwe President calling
for effort to modernize
defense forces to meet with changing environment
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Tuesday that his
government would ensure that the Zimbabwe Defense Forces are
fully equipped and trained in line with the changing
Addressing the military and thousands of civilians who
thronged the National Sports Stadium to mark the 39th
anniversary of the establishment of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces
and to celebrate the Defense Forces Day, he said his
administration supported efforts to modernize the military.
In view of the ever-changing socio-economic, technological
and security architecture, the modernization of our defense
forces has become urgent and imperative.
"My government is therefore prioritizing the upgrading of
equipment as well as facilitating focused training of
specialized units in both the army and air force.
"The provision of skills training and raising the forces
preparedness in general has also received my administration’s
full support," he said.
At the international level, he said the government would
ensure that ZDF played its role in the achievement of Africa’s
Agenda 2063 and promote the silencing of guns on the continent.
"Zimbabwe is indeed committed and ready to play its part in
ensuring a more peaceful, empowered, modernized, industrialized
and integrated Africa," he said.
Mnangagwa also praised ZDF for working with international
partners in the removal of anti-personnel mines which were
planted during the war of liberation in the 1970s.
He said a cumulative area of 900,000 square meters had been
cleared between Aug. 2018 and June 2019.
At independence, the country had six minefields covering an
estimated 2,700 km along the borders with Mozambique and Zambia.
Landmines and other explosive remnants of the war remain
dangerous to the border-lying communities, with about 1,650
people killed and many others injured.
Zimbabwe in early 2018 launched an eight-year national mine
action strategic plan to ensure a coordinated approach and speed
up the clearance of anti-personnel mines.
The plan aims to mobilize local and international support to
enable the country to meet the goal of being land mine free by
After becoming a state party to the anti-personnel landmine
ban convention in 1999, Zimbabwe failed to meet the deadline to
clear all land mines within 10 years of ratifying the
convention, and has sought five extensions of varying durations.
The country was granted the current and fifth extension
period running from 2018-2025.
United Nations launches an
appeal for US $331 million
dollars to help 3.7 million hungry people in Zimbabwe
by William M. Reilly UNITED NATIONS
New York (Xinhua) --
UN humanitarian organizations and the government
of Zimbabwe on Wednesday launched a revised aid plan seeking 331
million U.S. dollar to help 3.7 million people in the country
hit by climate change and economic problems, a UN spokesman
"Zimbabwe is facing many humanitarian challenges stemming
from climate change and economic shocks," said Stephane Dujarric,
spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "Food
insecurity has worsened following the droughts of 2018 and 2019
and continuing macroeconomic challenges."
The revised humanitarian response plan seeks to help the 3.7
million Zimbabweans through the end of April 2020, Dujarric told
correspondents at a regular briefing, while noting some 5.5
million people in rural areas and 2.2 million in urban areas are
believed to be food insecure.
The World Food Program—The UN’s food agency—is increasing its
role by providing food aid and "building the capacity of
chronically hungry communities to withstand climate shocks," he
Zimbabwe has long been suffering economic woes. In addition,
climate problems, including the droughts and, earlier this year,
the flooding from Cyclone Idai severely affected parts of the
has fired tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired
jailed tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira who is facing a slew of
criminal abuse of office charges.
The Herald reported Friday that in firing the minister,
Mnangagwa noted that the former minister’s conduct was not in
line with what is expected of a government minister.
The president has since appointed industry and commerce
minister Mangaliso Ndlovu as the acting minister of tourism
while Mupfumira battles the corruption allegations in court.
Mupfumira, who was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption
Commission on July 25, is currently in detention after being
denied bail by a Harare magistrate.
She is set to re-appear in court on Aug. 9 for continuation
Mupfumira is the first high profile government official to be
arrested by ZACC as Mnangagwa’s government intensifies the fight
Zimbabwe government and
Australian firm sign coal marketing agreement
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The Zimbabwean government on Wednesday
signed an agreement with Australian firm, Victoria Consulting
Limited, local media reported Wednesday.
Zimbabwean Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston
Chitando signed the agreement on behalf of Zimbabwe while Vitor
Oliveira Sousa represented Victoria Consulting Limited, state
news agency New Ziana reported.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa witnessed the signing ceremony.
Speaking after signing, Chitando expressed optimism that the
deal would promote the country’s coal exports into the Asian
He said Victoria Consulting will work with the Minerals
Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Mines in
finding the necessary projects which will qualify for capital
and using that capital, to be able to deliver the resource to
The firm will also be expected to invest in necessary
"As a country, we have had limited exports of coal. We have
mainly been limited to the region (southern Africa) and to
China," he said.
"We are aware we have been too constrained to be able to
deliver. We would like to see five million tonnes of coal being
an offtake," Chitando said.
He said local coal miners need to be capacitated to produce
enough coal to satisfy the Indian market.
"The first constraint is capital to take the coal out. We do
have over 10 active coal projects in Hwange at the moment which
are at various stages of implementation. But for us to be able
to meet the volumes, we require capital to increase production,"
He said the coal would be mined mainly in Hwange area in the
western part of the country.
India, the largest importer of coal, last year imported about
52 million tonnes of coal, which translates to almost one
million tonnes per week.
President Mnangagwa said the country had potential to at
least satisfy 10 percent of the Indian coal requirements.
"You can see the huge potential where we currently are on a
level of 2 million tons per 52 weeks needed by India which means
our coal will be consumed in two weeks. I think that we should
aim to at least have 10 weeks that will mean 10 million tonnes
to supply India," he said.
Sousa said their aim was to help Zimbabwe significantly
increase its coal exports.
"The volumes will depend on the production capacity but we
are ready to export as much coal as possible," he said.