ZIMBABWE President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday told the 75th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly that his Southern African nation has made tremendous political, economic and constitutional strides since the ‘New Dispensation’ came to power.
Mnangagwa took over from long time dictator and master Robert Mugabe in a coup d’etate in November 2017.
Concerning achievements made on the political front, the President said his administration was willing to foster unity among Zimbabweans:
“My administration places great importance on fostering national unity and cohesion. The culture of dialogue across all sectors is taking root, with activities and programmes under the auspices of our homegrown Political Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) gaining momentum,” Mnangagwa said.
The Polad is a grouping of political parties created by Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF which comprises mostly of losers in the 2018 harmonised elections.
On constitutionalism, the President hailed what he described as his government’s determined stance to promote the rule of law through enforcement of human rights Instruments.
“Similarly, my administration is decisive in entrenching constitutionalism, democracy and the rule of law, including the protection of property rights,” Mnangagwa said.
“The commitment of my government to these cardinal principles remains unwavering.”
“It is in this spirit and in line with our Constitution that in July this year, my government concluded the landmark Global Compensation Deed with former (white) farm owners,” he continued.
On the economic front, the President told the world leaders that Zimbabwe was on the path to economic recovery, but appealed for the lifting of sanctions which he said were pulling down progress.
“Zimbabwe is on a new path. Like other nations in the region, we are facing humanitarian challenges which, in our case, have been worsened by the illegal sanctions, the negative impact of climate change (that are) compounded by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, my adminstration continues to record notable achievements towards sustainable development which leaves no one behind .
“Our macro economic stabilisation reforms have seen the reduction of our budget deficit to a single digit as well as a positive balance of our current account, coupled with foreign exchange rate and prices stability,” Mnangagwa added.
Back home, though, many are sceptical about the Second Republic’s intentions concerning constitutionalism, and have cited the recent eviction from his Protea Valley Farm in Ruwa of white commercial farmer, Martin Grobler by Ivy Rupindi, a Lands and Agriculture ministry employee.
But Joshua Chirambwi, a Harare-based legal practitioner saw nothing wrong with Grobler’s eviction, saying the Ruwa-land wrangle was traceable to about two decades ago.
“It is unfortunate that the Ruwa land dispute has come to this. The matter is purely legal and the law enforcement agents are merely guaranteeing that the law takes its course. At law, there is nothing amiss,” Chirambwi said.
Concerning the Palad forum, MDC-T national chairperson Morgen Komichi said his only misgiving about the platform was that it is exclusive.
“Polad should embrace other big opposition political parties like the MDC factions, otherwise the idea is good,” he said.