ED’s strategy beyond campaigning

by Gift Mashoko

As Zimbabwe gears up for the upcoming July 30 harmonised elections, political parties are busy with campaign rallies, mobilising the electorate to their respective political parties.

For President Emmerson Mnangagwa it has not always been about the rallies and politics. Yes, he needs the rallies to mobilise votes for the ruling party, but the country needs him as well to economically drive the nation to the promised land of Canaan, in short he is a very busy man with a very tight schedule and deserves everyone`s vote.  

President Mnangagwa is doing fair justice as a government employee and the leader of the ruling party which will participate in election scheduled in few a weeks` time. He has not failed to deliver in both roles much to the chagrin of his competition. He has in most cases been able to hold a rally and do government business on the same day. He continues to engage, re-engage and hunt for potential investors for Zimbabwe.

When he went to Gwanda he managed to launch the command livestock programme at the Gwanda show grounds where he promised that his administration would prioritise economic development and not politics and he handed over 660 heifers to 151 beneficiaries from Matabeleland South’s seven districts, before attending the Matabeleland South rally.

President Mnangagwa managed to tour Eureka Gold Mine in Guruve and also attended the ground-breaking ceremony for a multi-purpose sports centre to be built at Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) when he visited Mashonaland Central. President Mnangagwa managed to tour Nyangani Renewable Energy, a solar power project in Mutoko the same day he held the Mutoko rally in Mashonaland East. When he visited Masvingo he managed to tour the Cold Storage Company’s Masvingo plant and Mashava Mine which is going to lead to the revival of the two firms which had been closed for a long time. He announced that he had managed to get investors to invest in the mine and operations would be commencing soon after the underground water had been drained. The opening of the mines and companies will go a long way in addressing unemployment, concurrently reviving the economy and meet the vision of making the country into a middle income economy by 2030.

President Mnangagwa was recently in Hwange were he commissioned the construction of a $1billion Hwange unit 7 and 8 Power extension project. He was recently on a two-day state visit to Tanzania where he was reinforcing regional relations. It is these relations that will aid the country to a better brighter future. He was also recently in Mauritania where he attended the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit. It is through these re-engagements and engagements that the country will develop as a country cannot live in isolation as proved by the previous administration.

Unlike Nelson Chamisa who is just campaigning making unrealistic promises and boasting about his imaginary achievements and associations, he surely cannot and will not be able to deliver the country from its challenges as the work ahead calls for a realist instead of a dreamer to solve them.

President Mnangagwa has made true his words that his administration will prioritise the economy of the country than politics and it’s evident ahead of these monumental elections on the 30th of July 2018.