Peter Matambanadzo and Farai Kuvirimirwa Senior Reporters
ZIMBABWEANS must expect decent accommodation and improved social services which MDC-T led councils failed to deliver in the past 10 years, Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo has said. Zanu-PF Politburo members also assured the nation that the revolutionary party would ensure that the new Cabinet would fulfil the aspirations of the people.
In an interview after President Mugabe’s inauguration at the National Sports Stadium last Thursday, Minister Chombo said what MDC-T councils failed to deliver to people would be provided since people restored their confidence in Zanu-PF.
“President Mugabe’s inauguration signifies an opportunity for people to have decent accommodation and better social services in the next five years,” he said.
“The inauguration comes after a vigorous election campaign and the victory mean President Mugabe was given an opportunity by the people to deliver issues they have been promised. To him, perennial problems such as accommodation are expected to be prioritised.
“The existing infrastructure and housing was designed by the whites without the intention of accommodating blacks. The Government is expected to avail land for flats and ordinary houses for the majority who did not have decent accommodation.”
Minister Chombo said Government would look at salaries and feasibility when allocating accommodation to people under the new Government. Civil servants would get priority.
“There will be credible programmes from new local authorities who will be supervised by provincial councils, he said. Small budgets will be given to local authorities and it is an opportunity to embark on what has not been done in the past 10 years.”
Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo said the revolutionary party’s victory in the July 31 harmonised elections should see the indigenisation and empowerment programmes that were being hampered by the inclusive Government being implemented expeditiously.
“We are really pleased that this occasion has come, he said. We will set up a Government, but the greatest thing is what the people of Zimbabwe have achieved. We have demonstrated to the world that we are independent and can make our own decisions without any interference from outside,” Cde Gumbo said.
He said the inclusive Government obstructed what Zanu-PF wanted to achieve.
“Now that we have a majority in Parliament and one Government, we should be able to see the aspirations of people of Zimbabwe being fulfilled,” he said.
Cde Gumbo described President Mugabe’s inauguration as a bigger event compared to the 1980 independence celebrations.
At least 60 000 people attended the inauguration at the giant stadium.
“The inauguration celebration is slightly bigger compared to 1980 as more people have attended and it comes after a resounding victory for the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.
“It comes after people have withered the sanctions imposed by the Western imperialists.”
Cde Gumbo saluted Zimbabweans for being resilient and having withered the illegally imposed sanctions.
The party’s Secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa said Zanu-PF would ensure that the aspirations of Zimbabweans are fulfilled.
“I believe that Zanu-PF for the next 30 or so years will continue to be on top of the situation. We will continue to be on top as long as we empower our people,” Cde Mnangagwa said.
He said the inclusive Government also exposed the MDC formations as empty vessels and only had an agenda of regime change.
Zanu-PF would ensure that economic empowerment programmes would continue moving forward with or without sanctions, he added.
Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa also praised President Mugabe for being a dedicated leader with people at heart.
“We are very pleased to witness this inauguration. I do not think there is a leader worldwide who is as great as our President who is people concerned. He really loves his country,” Cde Mutasa said.
He said Zanu-PF would fulfil the promises it made to the people during the elections.
“All that we promised will be fulfilled one by one. We will leave no stone unturned,” he said.
Zanu-PF National Chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo described the inauguration as ecstatic and historic event.
He thanked Sadc and the African Union for their solidarity.
A Zanu-PF supporter from Mashonaland West Cde Vengai Musengi said President Mugabe’s inauguration symbolised the dawn of a new era in local government.
“Scrapping of rates for ratepayers is evidence enough to show President Mugabe has the people’s will at heart, he said. MDC-T councillors concentrated on enriching themselves and taking houses from the disadvantaged which we hope is going to be reversed.
“Economic sanctions hindered some programmes which were to benefit people and with the support given to Zimbabweans by other Heads of State who came to witness the inauguration, it is proof enough to show we can survive without Western command and only brothers from other African countries can provide the relevant support.”
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