41st INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, CDE. E. D. MNANGAGWA 18th APRIL, 2021
The First Girl, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa; Honourable Vice President and Minister of Well being and Youngster Care, Gen. (Rtd) Dr C.G.D.N. Chiwenga;
Chairman of the Ruling Occasion ZANU PF and Minister of Defence and Warfare Veterans’ Affairs, Cde OC.Z. Muchiguri- Kashiri
Speaker of the Nationwide Meeting, Hon. Advocate J.F. Mudenda;
President of the Senate, Hon. Amai M.M. Chinomona;
Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Hon. Oliver Chidawu;
The Chief Justice, Honourable Luke Malaba; Honourable Ministers; Members of Parliament;
Chief of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon. D. Mwonzora; Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Service Chiefs; Veterans of the Liberation Battle;
Households of the Heroes of our Liberation Battle; Conventional Leaders; Girls and Gents.
Fellow Zimbabweans, It’s my singular honour and privilege to handle all Zimbabweans at house and overseas on this digital platform, as our nation celebrates the forty-first anniversary of our Independence.
This 12 months’s celebrations are being held below the theme: “Zimbabwe at 41: Collectively, Rising our Financial system for a Affluent, Resilient and Inclusive Society”.
As a sovereign nation and folks, the event of our Independence Day is a continuing reminder of the necessity to protect, safeguard and defend our liberation conflict heritage and the wealthy historical past of our nation. That is the muse and hallmark of our nation, at present and ceaselessly.
I say Makorokoto! Amhlophe! Congratulations Zimbabwe! God Bless Zimbabwe. Fellow Zimbabweans, We’re holding this 12 months’s celebrations with jubilation as our nation continues to register successes on many fronts.
In step with the spirit of devolution, you’ll recall that we hoped to have a good time this 12 months’s occasion in Bulawayo, the Metropolis of Kings, following the postponement of public celebrations final 12 months. Sadly, the COVID-19 public well being necessities entail that we take pleasure in this essential nationwide occasion, but once more, from our properties.
Relating to human life, we take no dangers. The time shall come for us to bodily collect and have a good time collectively in Bulawayo Province, as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. The pandemic has sadly seen our nation lose lots of our beloved residents, together with embellished heroes and heroines of the liberation battle.
Classes proceed to be learnt from this international well being emergency and our nation is rising stronger within the battle in opposition to the pandemic. Zimbabwe is grateful for the monetary and materials help and solidarity from pleasant nations and improvement companions in our efforts to mitigate the influence of the pandemic.
I additionally commend the native non-public sector, people, and establishments of upper studying, church buildings and different stakeholders for his or her help.
The dedication and sacrifice of frontline staff and safety companies is equally applauded. I congratulate you, our residents for abiding by the Nationwide Lockdown laws and measures. The accomplishments we have now made to this point are as a result of unity of objective and spirit of oneness we have now all proven.
On 18 February 2021, Authorities launched the Nationwide Vaccination Programme to include the unfold of the lethal virus and guarantee herd immunity.
Enable me to take this chance to thank numerous companions and buddies of Zimbabwe together with the Folks’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the Republic of India, for his or her help to our vaccination programme.
Residents are assured that the efficacy of the vaccines we have now rolled out has been duly thought of and accepted by the Medicines Management Authority of Zimbabwe. I, subsequently name upon the folks of our nice nation to exit of their numbers and get vaccinated.
Nobody is protected till everyone seems to be protected. Fellow Zimbabweans, Because the Second Republic, we’ll by no means betray that which made the numerous little kids of our motherland wage the protracted liberation battle, paying the supreme sacrifice.
We are going to at all times defend the importance and sacred spirituality of our land. Subsequently, the signing of the International Compensation Settlement on 29 July 2020 is a re-affirmation of the irreversibility of land in addition to an emblem of our dedication to constitutionalism, the respect of the rule of legislation and property rights.
As Zimbabweans, we should now all work collectively for elevated manufacturing, productiveness and profitability of the agriculture sector. Following successive seasons of drought, it’s encouraging that the 2020/2021 summer season cropping season was characterised by regular to above regular rainfall.
The swift implementation of the Presidential Local weather Proofed Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme, Presidential Enter Help Scheme, Command Agriculture, Presidential Horticulture Programme and respective initiatives by farmers have yielded commendable outcomes.
These interventions, coupled with well timed provision of extension companies, will see the nation attain a bumper harvest this season.
Treasury has put aside ZW$60 billion for the well timed fee of farmers by the Grain Advertising and marketing Board.
The standard grain assortment depots will likely be complemented by cellular and stuck assortment factors all through the nation. Pertaining to livestock, the Presidential Local weather Proofed Livestock Scheme will see the rise of the nationwide herd by means of an intensified synthetic insemination programme, distribution of tick grease and the widespread renovation of dip tanks throughout the nation.
The federal government continues to facilitate agricultural mechanisation for our farmers at reasonably priced value, in the direction of the success of our agriculture revolution, bettering manufacturing, productiveness and profitability.
Because of the great rains, there was a big enchancment in water ranges in dams throughout the nation. This provides impetus for the implementation of the Nationwide Accelerated Irrigation Rehabilitation and Improvement Programme in addition to the Smallholder Irrigation Revitalisation Programme.
To this finish, we’re dashing up the speed of completion of dams, with Marovanyati and Causeway dams having to this point been accomplished.
GwayiShangani Dam will likely be accomplished by year-end. Fellow Zimbabweans, Regardless of altered financial progress projections as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the reform agenda below the Transitional Stabilisation Programme realised indeniable successes.
The successor programme, the Nationwide Improvement Technique 1 (NDS 1), is now underway. The interpretation of NDS1 into 16 languages will improve nationwide imaginative and prescient sharing and strong implementation of the NDS 1 technique.
My Authorities continues to grasp finances surpluses. Inflation, which had turn into a serious supply of macroeconomic instability, is being contained. The international foreign money public sale system has additionally enhanced transparency and accountability within the distribution and use of international foreign money.
I name upon Zimbabweans to train prudence and self-discipline in the direction of the attainment of broader monetary and financial stability in our nation.
The manufacturing sector has remained resilient to the pertinent shocks offered by the imposition of unlawful sanctions, pure disasters and now the COVID-19 pandemic.
Domestically produced items and commodities now represent a bigger share of our nation’s market cabinets. In step with Authorities’s non-public sector-led improvement we applaud the Business for its optimistic response to the Native Content material Technique.
That is reflective of the optimistic nationwide sentiments on our financial progress potential, anchored on the Second Republic’s constant and predictable coverage setting.
The resuscitation of strategic industries reminiscent of fertilizer, iron and metal, prescribed drugs, textiles and clothes, leather-based manufacturing, in addition to meals and drinks is being accelerated. To ensure that Zimbabwe to penetrate international worth chains, efforts are underway to structurally remodel the financial system from an exporter of predominantly main merchandise to increased nodes of commercial improvement.
These optimistic developments come at a time when the African Continental Free Commerce Settlement (AfCFTA) has come into impact. It gives huge alternatives for the nation to accentuate its commerce and exports drive.
The introduction of the Border Effectivity Administration System will see diminished congestion and enhanced efficiencies at our ports of entry. Along with the above, my Authorities will proceed to facilitate market entry throughout all sectors in addition to elevated participation in our financial system, by the Zimbabwean Diaspora.
The mining business is projected to rebound by 11% this 12 months. Guided by the Technique to attain a US$12 billion mining business by 2023, programmes that embrace elevated exploration, growth of present mining tasks, resuscitation of closed mines, the opening of latest mines, mineral beneficiation and worth addition are being prioritised.
Provinces and communities are urged to take care of a eager curiosity in these mining improvement tasks to prop up Provincial GDPs, create employment and enhance the standard of lifetime of our folks.
Fellow Zimbabweans; Since 2020, the Power and Energy Sector has witnessed relative stability within the provide of electrical energy and liquid petroleum merchandise. Our quest to grasp vitality sufficiency is, subsequently on target.
On the Hwange Energy Station, the growth mission of Unit 7 and Unit 8, which is about so as to add 600 MW to the nationwide grid, is now at 61% of completion. In the meantime, a 280 MW capability will likely be restored into the nationwide grid when the overhaul of Unit three and refurbishment of Unit 6 is accomplished.
Following the approval of a US$310 million Facility from India Exim Financial institution, work to increase the lifespan of the Energy Station is anticipated to start in earnest. As regards to hydro energy technology, the numerous water inflows into Lake Kariba are set to ensure satisfactory energy availability from the Kariba Energy Station. Knowledgeable by the Renewable Power Coverage and Bio-Fuels Coverage, my Authorities is selling non-public sector investments within the sector.
To this finish, an Impartial Energy Producer, Zimbabwe Zhongxin Electrical Power is engaged on a 50 MW thermal energy plant in Hwange, which is now 97% full. As well as, eleven renewable vitality tasks have been commissioned and are feeding energy into the nationwide grid, with eight others producing energy for personal consumption.
The development of a 6 million litre Ethanol Storage Facility and a 500 metric tonne LPG Depot in Mabvuku are underway. Our nation is inspired and optimistic concerning the immense potentialities on account of oil and fuel exploration in Muzarabani.
This mission will broaden the nation’s vitality matrix and have far reaching advantages to the financial system as a complete. Fellow Residents; The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dire impact on the nation’s tourism sector.
Nonetheless, the continued Nationwide Vaccination Programme gives hope for revival. Incentives are being supplied to extend home tourism below the Tourism ZimBhoo Marketing campaign, together with the supply of a Authorities Assure to enhance entry to finance, for additional improvement of the sector.
New tourism resorts and a wider array of tourism merchandise are being rolled out according to provincial comparative benefits and endowments.
The safety of the setting stays a key coverage thrust of the 2nd Republic. The preservation of wetlands, Zero Tolerance to Litter, curtailment of air pollution, and sound laws to cease the decimation of forests, stay important.
Zimbabwe has managed to develop its wildlife inhabitants. Nonetheless, Authorities is worried concerning the rising variety of circumstances of human wildlife battle. Consultations are underway with the view of growing a complete coverage on this matter.
The search by our nation to commerce wildlife sources for the advantage of communities is ongoing. Sound nationwide infrastructures are important constructing blocks for sustainable financial improvement and progress.
With bolts and bars, brick upon brick and stone upon stone, we’re rebuilding our nice nation. We’re harnessing and successfully deploying our native sources and human capital to improve and modernise the nation’s infrastructure.
The heavy rains obtained throughout the nation have taken their toll on our roads, bridges and different infrastructure. In response, Authorities has launched Section 2 of the Emergency Street Rehabilitation Programme for the pressing rehabilitation of roads all through all provinces.
The upgrading and growth of the Harare-Beitbridge freeway in addition to rehabilitation, enchancment and widening of sections of the Chirundu freeway are progressing effectively.
Authorities is frequently replenishing the ZUPCO fleet in the direction of the resuscitation of the general public transport sector. As we transfer in the direction of Imaginative and prescient 2030, air connectivity is equally vital.
Therefore, the rehabilitation, refurbishment and growth of airstrips reminiscent of Binga in Matabeleland North and Chapoto in Mashonaland Central provinces, amongst others, are ongoing. Info Communication Applied sciences (ICTs) are an integral half in our nation’s drive to turn into a knowledgebased financial system and certainly within the fourth industrial revolution. The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated the necessity for our nation to urgently improve its competences and capabilities on this sector.
All sectors are subsequently urged to leverage on the just lately launched Nationwide Knowledge Centre to additional spur improvements that enhance operational efficiencies and enhance service supply.
Fellow Zimbabweans, The supply of well being, water and sanitation, training and public transport, amongst others, stay on the core of our nation’s social improvement insurance policies. Accordingly, my Authorities’s well being sector reforms have resulted in improved regulation, accountability, transparency and work ethic inside the sector.
Devolution funds have enabled the development of appropriate Main and Secondary Well being Care and training services all through the nation.
Work is underway in the direction of the institution of specialist medical services, together with in prime vacationer resorts.
Below the Second Republic, a related training system stays key to sustainable socio-economic improvement and the achievement of Imaginative and prescient 2030. Knowledgeable by our heritage-based philosophy, distinctive nation wants and realities in addition to the broader international views, the research of science-related fields is being inspired.
So far, Innovation Hubs and Industrial Parks inside our tertiary establishments are producing items and companies with far-reaching nationwide and financial implications.
Programmes to cushion susceptible members of society, sure sectors of the financial system and food-insecure households in each rural and concrete areas proceed to be availed.
Moreover, incapacity mainstreaming should be pursued throughout all sectors as knowledgeable by the Nationwide Incapacity Coverage. This contains searching for larger inclusion and empowerment of individuals residing with disabilities and the realisation of their improved high quality of life.
The licensing of six privately-owned tv stations and 6 language-based neighborhood radio stations is an indication of my Authorities’s dedication to upholding the constitutionally assured proper to freedom of expression and freedom of the media.
It’s my expectation that these new gamers will mission the much-needed range and plurality within the broadcasting sector. I additional urge the brand new entrants to at all times advance nationwide id, patriotism, peace, unity, manufacturing and productiveness in the direction of the prosperity of our nice nation.
Our devolution and decentralisation agenda is gaining traction and altering the panorama of many districts. It’s pleasing to notice that devolution funds in extra of ZW$1 billion have been disbursed to Native Authorities for numerous neighborhood tasks which cascade right down to the Ward degree.
Ladies, youth and SMEs have a pivotal position in society and are rising as vital gamers in sectors reminiscent of agriculture and mining. Their empowerment and monetary inclusion stay a precedence.
Nonetheless, Authorities notes with concern the spike in gender-based violence, baby abuse and different heinous social crimes. Perpetrators don’t have any place in our society and should be duly and well timed punished by our justice system.
Residents throughout Provinces and Districts are urged to make the most of the decentralised Courtroom system to entry justice supply inside their communities.
Concerning youth improvement and empowerment, Authorities efficiently reviewed the Nationwide Youth Coverage and has reintroduced the Nationwide Youth Coaching Programme.
These present a broad framework for the empowerment of youth in a complete, coordinated and multi-sectoral method. The brand new focus will see the nurturing of younger people who find themselves technically expert and educated, patriotic, sincere and hard-working.
It’s envisaged that the refocused programme will inculcate a way of nationwide id and the spirit of volunteerism among the many youth, for the great of the nation.
I want to commend the First Girl, Amai A. Mnangagwa and the Angel of Hope Basis for implementing numerous humanitarian programmes and tasks throughout the nation, in the direction of nurturing respect, self-discipline and a larger appreciation of our tradition and heritage, among the many youth.
Her work almost about tourism and well being advocacy is equally appreciated. Sports activities, arts, tradition and different leisure actions contribute in the direction of improved livelihoods, well-being, well being, training, inclusion, peace and nationwide cohesion.
The nation celebrates the notable milestones registered within the sporting fraternity, together with repairs to the Nationwide Sports activities, Barbourfields and Sakubva Stadia; qualification by the Nationwide Soccer Staff the Warriors to the 2022 African Cup of Nations, and the profitable of the African Boxing Union title, amongst others.
Stakeholders within the sporting sector are challenged to pursue revolutionary and strong strategies of financing and improvement of the assorted sporting disciplines. Fellow Zimbabweans, Commemoration of our Nationwide Independence Day is in essence a celebration of the victory attained within the liberation battle fought by our gallant little kids of the soil.
The significance of defending the features of this hard-won Independence can, subsequently, not be over-emphasised. It, subsequently, comes as a befitting honour to assemble the enduring statue of Mbuya Nehanda in Harare.
The monument will likely be a everlasting reminder and towering assertion of motivation for future generations on the significance of serving the nation wholeheartedly and defending it with unflinching patriotism and loyalty.
In the identical tone, the Liberation Warfare Museum will likely be constructed. On the Arts and Recreation entrance, the Authorities is implementing the Cultural and Artistic Industries Technique in partnership with numerous stakeholders.
On the Continental degree, Zimbabwe takes delight in having launched the Africa Truth Ebook, in September 2020, which is the first-ever publication that tells the African story from an African perspective.
The nation can be honoured to be the house of the Museum of African Liberation. Fellow Zimbabweans, Authorities has launched Efficiency Contracts for Heads of Ministries to make sure accountability, transparency and the speedy attainment of targets set within the NDS1.
Efficiency Contracts can even be rolled out to State Enterprises, Parastatals and Native Authorities. In the meantime, Authorities stays dedicated to bettering the working circumstances of its valued staff within the public sector.
In step with part 212 of the Structure, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, along with different members of the safety sector, is counseled for his or her vigilance and unwavering dedication to the safety of our nationwide sovereignty, safety, pursuits and territorial integrity. Below the Nationwide Improvement Technique 1, our international coverage stays deeply rooted and knowledgeable by our nationwide pursuits and the Engagement and re-engagement in addition to the Pan-African ethos.
My Authorities is pursuing financial diplomacy for the development and financial prosperity of our nation.
Our arms stay outstretched to be a pal to all and an enemy of none, as we attempt in the direction of the realisation of a extra peaceable, united and affluent world.
Fellow Residents, As we commemorate this 12 months’s 41st Independence Celebrations, allow us to look again on the earlier years with nice delight and pleasure. Extra importantly, nonetheless, allow us to stay up for the years forward with a vibrant flame of hope for the subsequent technology.
We now have begun this new decade of our Independence with larger dedication, resolve and confidence to attain the Imaginative and prescient we set out for ourselves.
A Imaginative and prescient of an empowered folks with the next way of life. A Imaginative and prescient of a thriving and affluent financial system, which performs its half inside the comity of countries. Collectively, allow us to unite in our objective, collate our potential and stroll collectively hand-in-hand in the direction of our widespread future.
By means of onerous sincere work and our belief in God Almighty, there isn’t a restrict to what our nation can obtain, as we construct the Zimbabwe all of us need.
I as soon as once more congratulate all Zimbabweans at house and overseas, on the event of this, our nation’s forty-first Independence Day. Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amhlophe. Lengthy Dwell Our Independence!
Lengthy Dwell Our Unity, Peace and Freedom! Lengthy Dwell Zimbabwe! God bless you all. God bless Zimbabwe. I thanks