Harare, Zimbabwe. (News of the South) –
In his inaugural speech at the National Sports stadium in Harare today, Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa made emphasis on a number of points in his new policy thrust which centres on reconciliation, debt management, re-engagement with all nations of the world, serving the nation and a commitment to attracting investment and creating employment.
President Mnangagwa said although Zimbabwe cannot change the past, it will no longer place itself under the same conditions that made the country unfavourable to some nations. He added that bygones will be bygones urging all Zimbabweans to embrace each other as the country tries to rebuild itself.
Mr. Mnangagwa said the principle of repossessing the land and redistributing it to the black majority is an important one emphasizing that the Zimbabwe’s land reform programme is not reversible. He however added that the former land owners will be compensated according to the laws of the country.
For this land policy to bear fruit, Mr. Mnangagwa urged all land beneficiaries to utilize the land they have in order to defeat hunger in the country. The Government is now expected to capacitate the Land Commission to enable it to deal with all outstanding land issues.
President Mnangagwa said the country’s economic policies will be hinged on agriculture in a way that would be expected to enhance job creation.
Furthermore other key principles will be pursued in order to attract foreign direct investment as Zimbabwe tries to move forwards. These include incorporating elements of market economy creating an economy that is firm to support job creation and development.
He also promised to tackle the liquidity challenges affecting the country. He also asserted that acts of corruption must also end.
Government is also expected to start the re-engagement process and initiate discussions with countries that imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe with the hope that the sanctions can be removed.
At home, Mr. Mnangagwa encourages all Zimbabweans to remain peaceful and promised that peace and security is of paramount importance as Zimbabwe begins its new chapter. This is more important as the country heads into general elections next year.
President Mnangagwa said the 2018 elections will be held as scheduled and in a democratic manner as his administration promises to respect citizen rights in accordance with United Nations statutes.
While it is still early, many Zimbabweans welcomed the speech by the new President and pledged to work with him towards development.
Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in today as Zimbabwe’s new President taking over from Robert Mugabe who resigned on Tuesday this week following an intervention by the Zimbabwe army in what was called Operation Restore legacy.
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