Zimbabweans should continue to soldier on despite the Covid 19 pandemic which has claimed a lot of lives, including Cabinet Ministers.
This was said by President Mnangagwa yesterday during his address to the ordinary session of the Politburo at the ZANU PF’s headquarters in Harare.
“The diverse and often painful experiences at the front during the protracted war for the liberation of our great country never reversed or discouraged the resolve by the sons and daughters of the soil to continue the fight to bring a new, liberated .sovereign and independent Zimbabwe.
“Likewise, at this juncture of these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic, we must fight on. We have an obligation for the sake of present and future generations to complete the course to bring about more prosperity to Zimbabwe as envisaged in our National Vision 2030 and its subsidiary policy the National Development Strategy-1,”said President Mnangagwa.
The President said the Government has put in place measures to mitigate the spread of Covid 19 within the country.
“My Government has put in place comprehensive plans and resources to mitigate the impact and spread of the Covid 19 outbreak within our country. The National Response Strategy will see the introduction of Covid 19 vaccines to our population which have been scientifically ascertained to be safe. These will be State funded and administered for free,” added the President.
He further thanked China for standing with Zimbabwe in the fight against Covid 19 disease.
The President said despite the effects of Covid 19, the country is poised for economic growth this year.
“I am pleased that, in spite of the Covid-19 induced constraints, our country is poised for economic growth and increased capacity utilisation in the manufacturing sector premised on the buoyant agriculture and mining sectors. The year’s bumper harvest will also go a long way towards spurring production and productivity in the agriculture related value chains.
“Equally, the good inflows into our dams will propel the rapid implementation of our National Accelerated Irrigation Development Programme. Farmers and stakeholders in the agriculture sector are encouraged to start planning for the winter season in earnest as we consolidate the imminent gains of our current agriculture season.
“We are progressing from strength to strength, building on our successes since the advent of the Second Republic and the resounding victory in the 2018 harmonized general elections,” said the President.
President Mnangagwa said this year must be a year of marked production and productivity across all sectors and urged the Party and Government to implement people centered programmes.