Zimbabweans itching to move forward

by Nobleman Runyanga

Despite the delays in the inauguration of Preseident-elect, Emmerson Mnangagwa due to an MDC Alliance Supreme Court petition challenging his win, most Zimbabweans cannot wait to see the country moving on. This was revealed in a snap survey carried out by the Harare Post in the capital yesterday.

Most people who were interviewed by this publication indicated their desire for the country to move on after the July elections.

“Yes, it is the opposition’s constitutional right to contest the presidential election outcome, but given the economic reform momentum which President Mnangawa had built over the past eight months, I can’t wait to see him rolling out his full set of various programmes and projects to realise his vision for this great nation,” said Peter Ranganayi, a Harare entrepreneur.

“The President has been very consistent in his message and intentions. Before the elections he urged us to prioritise the economy ahead of politics and he continues to stick to that. Only this week while addressing Zimbabweans on the occasion of the Heroes Day Commemorations, he called on all of us to put politics behind us and focus on re-building our country,” said Jameson Nyamatanga of Mutoko.

Other interviewees expressed joy at the prospect of economic recovery but regretted the renewal of punitive sanctions against Zimbabwe by the the United States.

“The delayed inauguration of the President is only a temporary setback which shall soon be in the past. I can’t wait to see our country reclaiming its position as the next best thing in Southern Africa after South Africa in terms of the economy. I intend to use my qualification and the experience which I have accumulated from working in the diaspora to start an electrical engineering contracting company and employ hundreds of fellow Zimbabweans. It’s sad that the US is attempting to nip and frustrate Zimbabwe’s great potential by extending sanctions against us but we will prevail,” said Phillip Kurewa, a Kadoma electrical engineer.

Some people had nothing to say except for praises for the President.

“President E D Mnangagwa is surely going to uplift the face of Zimbabwe. I envisage all nations wishing to do business with us. Even those who have imposed sanctions (will also wish to trade with our country).  Zimbabwe is open for business like never before, thanks to President ED Mnangagwa,” said a young man from Harare’s Mufakose high density suburb who chose to be identified only as Tendai.

Although Zimbabwe’s economy had been on a two-decade free fall, many people expressed fervent hope that once the ongoing election petition has been dealt with, the country is set for great things and an exciting future.