by Innocent Mujeri
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State of The Nation Address (SONA), that spelt the economic trajectory the country is taking and also defined the Government’s legislative agenda for the Third Session of the Ninth Parliament, was applauded by citizens.
The President gave his SONA and opened the Third Session of the Ninth Parliament yesterday through virtual platforms in keeping with measures aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.
Speaking to this publication, leader of the Labour, Economists and African Democrats (LEAD), Linda Masarira, said President Mnangagwa’s SONA was a message of hope and encouragement that the country desperately needed.
“President Mnangagwa’s SONA was a message of hope and encouragement. It spelt the economic and political direction the country is taking. It also showed that President Mnangagwa is putting in place measures that are going to bring prosperity to the country,” said Masarira.
MDC T National Chairman, Morgan Komichi, also said that President Mnangagwa’s SONA touched on many issues that were affecting the people. He further said there was now need for all political leaders to work together for the development of the country.
“The SONA was good but it needs all people to work together so that the economic prosperity that is being pursued can be achieved. There is also need for national leaders to resolve whatever impasse is there in a bid to address the economic challenges facing the country,” said Komichi.
Digital marketer Augustine Muchihwa commended the SONA and said it clearly spelt where the country was coming and where it was going in terms of economic development.
“The SONA was a deserved one as it clearly stated where this country is coming, where we are and where it is going. The SONA also talked about the economic and social progress being undertaken in this country. It also touched on Bills that need to be worked on to improve the lives of the Zimbabweans,” said Muchihwa.
The MDC T Secretary General, Douglass Mwonzora also applauded President Mnangagwa’s SONA. However, he suggested that it should also have touched on the issue of electoral reforms.
“@mnangagwa does not mention any plans to initiate electoral reforms in Zimbabwe nor does it mention plans to amend the Electoral Act. We need electoral reforms that will among other things guarantee the crucial diaspora vote,” tweeted Mwonzora.