Story by Sifiso Sibanda
Acting President General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga has assured Zimbabweans that the country will not collapse under illegal sanctions imposed by the West, saying the country is exploiting its natural resources to build the economy.
He was speaking at the National Thanksgiving and Dedication Service at the ZITF Grounds in Bulawayo where he was the Guest of Honour at the annual National Thanksgiving and Dedication Service at the ZITF Grounds in Bulawayo this Friday.
He said no amount of punitive measures by the West in the form of sanctions will bring down Zimbabwe as the national economy, which is on the recovery path, is now leveraged on the country’s natural resources.
“Let me assure you that our country will not collapse even under heavy sanctions. We fought for our liberation so that we reclaim our land and when we did that our former colonizers hit us with sanctions and we won’t die because of those sanctions. So, I assure the nation that by using our natural resources like gold diamonds and now, lithium, we will get to our target of an upper middle-income economy by 2030. Be assured of that,” he said.
The Acting President said this year, the Second Republic has worked hard to uplift people’s lives, starting with food security where a combination of Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme and irrigation projects ensured the country has enough food, while the winter wheat programme is one of the biggest success stories in Africa.
“The year 2022 has demonstrated great determination by the government and our people that hard work can take us to vision 2030 and the Second Republic will continue to invest more resources in infrastructure development with roads, hospitals, schools and more dams set to be built for the benefit of our people.”
Dr Chiwenga commended the church for partnering government in peace-building initiatives, adding that peace should continue to prevail during next year’s harmonised elections.
“Let me say that the peace we have must continue during next year’s elections and those who will lose must accept the outcome and embrace the winners in building the nation. We won’t tolerate violence at all and we will do everything to ensure that the polls are peaceful as Zimbabwe is a mature democracy.”
As Zimbabwe welcomes the year 2023, the Acting President assured citizens that continued progress in developing the nation will be realised.