Zim headed in right direction: SB Moyo

Source: Zim headed in right direction: SB Moyo | Herald (Opinion) Minister Moyo . . . Zimbabwe was a hidden asset for the past 20 years. It has just been revealed now so it presents a classic example of an emerging market. So investment should flow our way THE INTERVIEW VICTORIA RUZVIDZO Zimbabwe’s re-engagement drive […]

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Source: Zim headed in right direction: SB Moyo | Herald (Opinion)

Minister Moyo . . . Zimbabwe was a hidden asset for the past 20 years. It has just been revealed now so it presents a classic example of an emerging market. So investment should flow our way

THE INTERVIEW VICTORIA RUZVIDZO
Zimbabwe’s re-engagement drive scaled greater heights at the just-ended World Economic Forum on Africa, with significant interest having been registered on what the country has to offer. The country was represented at the highest level by President Mnangagwa who led a delegation of ministers and other Government officials. The interest culminated in a dinner being held specifically for Zimbabwe on Wednesday. The Sunday Mail Editor Victoria Ruzvidzo (VR) spoke to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Dr Sibusiso Moyo (SBM) on this growing interest and Zimbabwe’s participation at the WEF Africa 2019 as a re-engagement strategy. Below are excerpts of the interview:

VR: Zimbabwe is represented here at the highest level, signifying the importance the country attaches to this Forum. What’s the objective this time around?
SBM:
 The World Economic Forum is a convergence point of world leaders, business leaders and civil society. Therefore, it is a platform which presents itself for us. A nation like Zimbabwe needs to propagate its side of the story. This is where all media gather, international and regional, therefore, there will be a lot of projections through different media organisations to tell the Zimbabwean story. We need to propagate confidence.

VR: So how successful have you been in articulating the Zimbabwean story here?
SBM:
 We have been very successful. On Wednesday the President met the WEF founder and executive chairman Professor Klaus Schwab and was invited to come for the Davos meeting next year to update investors on progress made. Remember the Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra was first articulated at Davos (last year). And at the dinner last night, the President articulated the Zimbabwean story very well. It was a dinner specifically for Zimbabwe. Many corporates attended and expressed keen interest on our country.

Zimbabwe is an elephant that is awakening again and it’s time for corporates to come and invest as the cost of doing so is still low while the return on investment is very high. It is actually the highest in the region.

Zimbabwe was a hidden asset for the past 20 years. It has just been revealed now so it presents a classic example of an emerging market. So investment should flow our way.

VR: What have your efforts yielded in this regard over the last few days.
SBM:
 There is serious interest which has so far been demonstrated. Our Diaspora and huge corporates are coming up with key projects that will boost our economy in a big way. The Diaspora interest is amazing.

VR: Minister, how do you situate these efforts and the challenges in the economy back home. People are finding the going quite tough, although of course Government is hopeful that measures put in place will transform the economy.
SBM:
 We are coming from a negative economic growth for the past 20 years. . . the country has been in a ditch so to get out of that ditch, it’s not proving to be easy. It’s got to be painful and needs a lot of resilience. It is because of that, that as Government, we have put in place safety nets for the people. The Government’s thinking is that it’s temporary. It’s a way of getting out of the current economic quagmire, packaged with the re-engagement efforts so that there is real freedom of trade. We should also be looking at embracing the digital economy.

Our engagements on the Continental Free Trade Area are not necessarily about trade in goods but Zimbabwe should trade in services, education. We can now formally trade in services and register major success stories while we are bringing up our industrial production levels.

VR: What are the examples of the services that we can leverage on?
SBM:
 We can offer business services, financial services, tourism etc. We can major in specific areas and take advantage of our high literacy levels and the skills of our people all over the world.

VR: You paint a glossy picture about re-engagement and what Zimbabwe can achieve. However, there are some who feel the re-engagement strategy has not yielded much and is actually receding if anything. How do you respond to that?
SBM:
 I have always said that re-engagement is a process not an event and our presence here at the World Economic Forum is a testimony of our continued presence. Our being invited to WEF in Davos by Professor Schwab is testimony that we are making progress. This shows that we are on good ground.

Of course some other capitals remain skeptical but we are moving on.

Our legislative processes are captured in the Constitution and we will not short-circuit the process to impress some capitals but we are working to increase our competitiveness.

Zimbabweans are moving forward. It’s not an easy process. But the good thing is that before, America had given their back to us but now we are facing each other and we are talking. We differ but we are talking and we are seeing American corporates making investment inquiries.

We see Australian companies coming. Big corporates have interest in our economy but some capitals will follow.

The President has given a key direction that as Zimbabwe we must move forward using our own resources with or without support. This is development based on resource utilization to enhance our competitiveness.

VR: So in a nutshell, has it been mission accomplished for Zimbabwe at WEF?
SBM:
 Yes, indeed. Zimbabwe has been the main centre of attraction and we believe that we have achieved our intended objective of positive engagement when we came here. The attendance of big corporates at our dinner, the presence of Professor Schwab and big blue chip companies shows that Zimbabwe is indeed headed in the right direction. We have achieved great success here.

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MAJ GEN MUGOBA DECLARED NATIONAL HERO

The late former Zimbabwe National Army Chief of Staff, Major General Trust Mugoba has been declared a national hero.

Vice President Kembo Mohadi made the announcement at the family home in Harare this morning.

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The late former Zimbabwe National Army Chief of Staff, Major General Trust Mugoba has been declared a national hero. Vice President Kembo Mohadi made the announcement at the family home in Harare this morning. The Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri described the late Major General Mugoba as a professional and hardworking man who defended the country

Founder, Liberator, National Hero 

Source: Founder, Liberator, National Hero | The Herald September 7, 2019 Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter Former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe (95), who died in Singapore early yesterday morning, has been declared a national hero. President Mnangagwa — who cut short his trip to South Africa where he was attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) — […]

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Source: Founder, Liberator, National Hero | The Herald September 7, 2019

Founder, Liberator, National Hero

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
Former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe (95), who died in Singapore early yesterday morning, has been declared a national hero. President Mnangagwa — who cut short his trip to South Africa where he was attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) — announced the national hero status while addressing the media at State House in Harare yesterday evening.

Earlier, the ruling Zanu-PF had met at an extraordinary session at the party’s headquarters in Harare to deliberate on the former leader’s status.

“Zanu-PF, which the late departed helped found, has met and accorded him national hero status which he earned and richly deserves,” eulogised President Mnangagwa.

“Let me also register the gratitude of Government and the entire nation to the Government and people of the Republic of Singapore for the unmatched hospitality and medical care they extended to our leader up to the very end.

“In particular, we are most grateful to the team of medical experts and support staff which cared for him with such great diligence, dedication and compassion. They did all they could up to the very end.”

He also declared days of national mourning until the former President’s burial.

“As we await the arrival of the remains of our dear departed icon, we pray that the good Lord grant him mercies, putting his dear soul to eternal rest.

“We as Zimbabweans declare days of mourning of our leader until he is buried,” he said.

The President added that the death of former President Mugabe had left a void in the nation and a legacy of adherence to the rights of Africans.

“A veteran nationalist and a doughty pan-Africanist fighter, Cde Mugabe bequeaths rich and indelible legacy of tenacious adherence to principle on the collective rights of Africa and Africans in general, and in particular, the rights of the people of Zimbabwe for whom he gave his all to help free.

“In his life and political career met and melded key phases, moods and shifts in the story of our national struggle and quest for freedom and statehood including the tragedies, pains and rigours which underwrote that epic story.

“Incarcerated for 11 years in settler colonial prisons he, alongside fellow nationalists who include the late Father Zimbabwe Cde Joshua Nkomo, remained unbowed and resolute, eventually escaping from the then Rhodesia in 1974 in order to lead and guide the resumption and escalation of our war of liberation at a time of its tragic setbacks and paralysis,” said President Mnangagwa.

He said under former President Mugabe, the struggle regained momentum and consolidated the Patriotic Front into a formidable coordinated national liberation movement that waged a gruelling and protracted struggle in the Southern Africa region.

President Mnangagwa added that the freedom being enjoyed in the country since 1980, was because of sacrifices of a generation of nationalists and freedom fighters pre-dating the 1960s, who included the late Cde Mugabe.

“A great teacher and mentor, the bitterness of long spells in incarceration and anguish of a brutal and bitter war, never extinguished Cde Mugabe’s forgiving inner humanity,” said President Mnangagwa.

“That humanity shone and undiminished throughout that season of war and forcefully asserted itself by way of the signature policy of national reconciliation on which our whole Statehood was founded and built. Through that policy of forgiveness Southern African politics took a definitive shift towards a just, post-colonial multiracial harmony, which would be replicated elsewhere in our region and beyond.

“He thus wrote a lasting page on nation-building and statecraft for the world, making him stand out as such a remarkable statesman of our century.”

President Mnangagwa said the late former President would also be remembered for post-independence transformations in areas of rights, education and social services for the hitherto marginalised black Zimbabweans including the bold and historic land reform programme.

“Through this programme, indigenous Zimbabweans regained their long denied land rights, to complete their sovereignty. For that he was especially vilified, shunned and punished by those who stood to lose from an end to colonial ‘rights’ and from a just reassertion of African rights.

“With characteristic defiance, he stood firm and undaunted, resolutely pressing on with the land reform programme to completion, all against formidable odds which included punitive sanctions and other reprisals that followed and which still dog us to this day.

“Today Zimbabwe’s land question, itself a principal grievance of our struggle, stands fully and irrevocably addressed and resolved. History will remember him for this bold move,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said Government remained committed to carry forward former President Mugabe’s aspirations.

“As we mourn the passing on of our commander, liberator, founder and leader, we remain determined to carry forward the transformation so fervently desired, including the transformation, including protecting and defending the gains of the struggle for which he made huge sacrifices.

“On the bedrock and solid foundation for the First Republic which he moulded as its leader, we today recover and grow our economy, brick by brick until his lifelong vision of an empowered people is realised,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President extended his “deepest, heartfelt condolences to former First Lady Grace Mugabe, the Mugabe family and the children “on this their saddest loss”.

“Amai Mugabe stood by her husband to the very end, thus imparting to our nation a lasting lesson on devout love and care. For that we deeply thank her, as we join her in the grief and loss and bereavement which is also ours to feel and bear,” he said.

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MUGABE BURIAL : CHIEFS WILL DECIDE

Leo Mugabe says it’s not true that Robert Mugabe said he didn’t want to be buried at Heroes Acre; the chiefs will decide on where he Mugabe be buried (Zimbolive) pic.twitter.com/M8ATcnWeS7
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Leo Mugabe says it’s not true that Robert Mugabe said he didn’t want to be buried at Heroes Acre; the chiefs will decide on where he Mugabe be buried (Zimbolive) pic.twitter.com/M8ATcnWeS7 — Zim Media Review (@ZimMediaReview) September 7, 2019

World leaders mourn Mugabe 

Source: World leaders mourn Mugabe | The Herald Cyril Ramaphosa Kudakwashe Mugari Deputy News Editor World leaders mourned former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe who died in Singapore yesterday morning, describing him as a true pan-Africanist and liberation fighter. He was 95. Cde Mugabe attended the formation of the then Organisation of African Unity in 1963, […]

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Source: World leaders mourn Mugabe | The Herald

World leaders mourn Mugabe
Cyril Ramaphosa

Kudakwashe Mugari Deputy News Editor
World leaders mourned former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe who died in Singapore yesterday morning, describing him as a true pan-Africanist and liberation fighter.

He was 95.

Cde Mugabe attended the formation of the then Organisation of African Unity in 1963, now African Union (AU) as an invitee.

AU chairperson Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is also the President of Egypt, said: ‘‘It is with immense sadness that I learnt of the passing of Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe. My sincere condolences to his family and the Zimbabwean people as we mourn an iconic liberation fighter, pan-Africanist in the struggle for liberation and continental integration.’’

China, through its foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, said Cde Mugabe was an outstanding liberation movement leader and statesman who defended his country’s independence, opposed foreign interference and promoted good cooperation with China.

China is Zimbabwe’s all-weather friend.
“We are deeply saddened by his passing and express sincere sympathies to the Zimbabwean people, Government and to Mr Mugabe’s family,” he said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa mourned the passing on of Cde Mugabe and said he inspired South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and instilled hope that one day South Africa too would be free.

“South Africans join the people and Government of Zimbabwe in mourning the passing of a liberation fighter and champion of Africa’s cause against colonialism.

“Under President Mugabe’s leadership, Zimbabwe’s sustained and valiant struggle against colonialism inspired our own struggle against apartheid and built in us the hope that one day South Africa too would be free,’’ he said.

“During the decades of our own struggle, Zimbabwe’s liberation movement supported our own liberation movement to fight oppression on multiple fronts.

“After Zimbabwe achieved independence, the apartheid state brutalised and violated Zimbabwe as punishment for supporting our own struggle,’’ he added.

Namibian President Hage Geingob, who is the immediate past SADC Chair, weighed in and said Namibians owed Cde Mugabe a debt of gratitude.

“As Namibians, we owe President Mugabe a deep sense of gratitude for his immense and selfless contribution to the liberation of our country   …The loss of the people of Zimbabwe

Meanwhile, Kenyan President

Uhuru Kenyatta declared three days of mourning the death of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (95) and ordered flags in that country to be flown at half-mast beginning today up to Monday.

In a statement, President Kenyatta said the honour was a sign of respect for a “shining beacon” of Africa’s liberation struggle and an African hero.

“In this moment of sorrow, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his relatives and the people of Zimbabwe who, for many years, he served with commitment and dedication.

“Words cannot convey the magnitude of the loss as former President Mugabe was an elder statesman, a freedom fighter and a Pan-Africanist who played a major role in shaping the interests of the continent … a man of courage who was never afraid to fight for what he believed in even when it was not popular’’President Kenyatta said

“As a mark of respect for the memory of this African hero and friend of our country, by the authority vested in me as President of the Republic of Kenya, I hereby order and direct that the flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast at the State House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Republic of Kenya and throughout the Republic of, ’’ he said

“Yesterday, the 6th of September, 2019, Kenya has lost a close friend following the passing of H.E. Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe. I take this opportunity on my own behalf that of my family and the people of the Republic of Kenya to offer my deepest heartfelt condolences to Mrs Grace Mugabe, the entire family and the people of the great Republic of Zimbabwe,’’President Kenyatta said

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson,spokesperson also sent a condolence message,adding that; “His resignation in 2017 marked a turning point and we hope that today marks another which allows Zimbabwe to move on from the legacy of its past and become a democratic, prosperous nation that respects the human rights of its citizens.”

Tanzanian President John Magufuli

“Africa has lost one of its bravest and Pan-Africanist leaders, who led by example in opposing colonialism.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement said the late Mugabe will be remembered for the sacrifice he made for the struggle of political and economic emancipation of his people

“The President commiserates with family members, friends and political associates of the political activist who fought for the independence of the country from colonial rule, and lived most of his life in public service.’’

“President Buhari believes Mugabe’s sacrifices, especially in struggling for the political and economic emancipation of his people, will always be remembered by posterity,’’reads the statement

Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said the continent had lost a great son of Africa

‘‘I learnt this morning about the passing of an African liberation icon & great Pan-Africanist, His Excellency Robert Mugabe. I join President Mnangagwa the people of Zimbabwe and the entire African continent in mourning the demise of this great son of Africa. May his soul rest in peace,’’he said

China through its foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Mugabe was an outstanding liberation movement leader and statesm a for Zimbabwe who had defended his country’s independence, opposed foreign interference and promoted good cooperation with China.

Former Mozambique President Samora Machel widow Graca Machel said Mugabe was a brother to her

“He was like a brother to me, I knew him very well. When Samora was killed, I came running and I stayed in this country, he gave me and my children some shelter to stay.

“I also came here to mourn Sally Mugabe with him, he is my brother.”she said

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