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We can’t continue blaming sanctions says Mnangagwa as he dishes out 52 twin cab vehicles to chiefs… 230 more still to come

By Stephen Chadenga 

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday reiterated that Zimbabwe cannot continue blaming sanctions for its economic problems but should instead craft solutions to revive the country’s ailing economy.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, center, and his wife Auxillia, right, arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Mnangagwa is being sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president after Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, ending his 37-year rule. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Mnangagwa’s position comes in contrast to his predecessor, former president Robert Mugabe, who continuously blamed sanctions for the economic problems bedevilling the country.

“Yes, sanctions are there but we should not continue talking about them,” Mnangagwa told delegates to the chief’s conference in Gweru.

“We must have solutions and already, we have solutions in agriculture and this should cascade to all sectors.”

Last year when he was still vice-president, Mnangagwa had started departing from the sanctions rhetoric by his former principal [Mugabe], saying that Zimbabweans should not continue to cry about sanctions as this would not grow the economy.

Over a decade ago, Western countries imposed what they call “targeted sanctions”, particularly on Mugabe, his wife Grace and other top Zanu PF officials for alleged human rights abuses and poor governance.

Mnangagwa said the country could only develop if people observed peace, unity and national reconciliation.

“The message is peace, unity and non-violence,” he said.

“When we go to the elections, people should be united. You should not fight. When people support their parties, it’s their choice. We should work for the people and not be selfish. There should be justice and national reconciliation because we cannot progress when communities are in conflict,” Mnangagwa said.

After concerns from the chiefs from the Midlands province on the resuscitation of Ziscosteel and Shabanie mine, Mnangagwa said he was hopeful that the two companies would be operational by the end of his first 100 days in office.

Meanwhile, 48 chiefs from eight provinces were given Isuzu twin cab vehicles from the first batch of the 52 cars.

Meanwhile, 48 chiefs from eight provinces were given Isuzu twin cab vehicles from the first batch of the 52 cars.

Mnangagwa said since the remaining four vehicles could not be distributed equally among the eight provinces, he would use his prerogative to distribute three to women chiefs and the other one to Chief Mapanzure, under whose jurisdiction his rural home falls.

The president said the next batches would come within weeks from South Africa and promised all the 282 chiefs that they would each get a vehicle before elections.

He, however, admitted that financial resources to buy the vehicles were not there but that since chiefs had been promised the cars, it had to be fulfilled.

“We had to sit with the finance and Local Government ministers to ensure each chief gets his car before the elections,” Mnangagwa said. The Standard

  • You are now talking Mr President but you have to walk the talk and hit the ground running as you promised us 50days back line.

  • So do you have a solution now coz you haven’t done anything that we see yet

  • Lemme guess, this is on top of the 229 chiefs’ vehicles bought from Auto World under the previous regime?

  • so what wil mutsvangwa say

  • I heard rumors that Zanu Ndonga is in talks with Mugabe to lead them as their candidate in the next Presidential elections. This comes as a move to split votes

  • True especially if your priorities at this stage are to bribe chiefs with expensive cars instead of improving hospitals and clinics

  • craft solutions by giving Chiefs top of e range cars wen schools in Binga ar nothing BT shacks

  • The root cause for Zimbabwe’s woes is corruption, but to my surprise the President is not serious in eradicating this epidemic called corruption which is deep rooted in ZANU PF’s D.N.A. The only solution to Zimbabwe’s economic problems is regime change, ZANU PF should be discarded from the iron throne and should never ever be seen anywhere near, the dustbins of politics

    • Agreed. I said so before but people would not understand me.

    • Regime change fo sho. Surely we can not entrust our future on the hands of a tried and tested political failures for the past 37 years. One, they are on sanctions, they don’t want to abide by the prescribed conditions for the sanctions to be lifted, so why keep them running our affairs.

    • True, Gain ure right, they are not in good books with the international community, but to them thats not a problem, because they can still loot Zimbabwean resources. Why cant we vote people whose hands are not dirty into power, zanu pf cant even borrow money from IMF or World bank because of lack of governance and accountability, ZANU PF is a hinderance, a draw back to the development of our prestigious country, Zimbabwe,

    • Waribaya nemumukanwa hapana zvoziikanwa apa kungovukura bedzi

    • Very true my brother until corruption is stopped nothing will change for the better. I have come realise that ZANU PF not well placed to deal with corruption, because corruption is a norm in its rank and file , everyone in ZANU pf is involved or benefited in some form of corruption or Patronage of some sort. As a country whether we will be kidding ourselves is we expect Zanu pf to eradicate corruption ,

    • Very true my brother until corruption is stopped nothing will change for the better. I have come realise that ZANU PF not well placed to deal with corruption, because corruption is a norm in its rank and file , everyone in ZANU pf is involved or benefited in some form of corruption or Patronage of some sort. As a country whether we will be kidding ourselves is we expect Zanu pf to eradicate corruption ,

    • Regime change in a bankrupt country why not let the responsible government sort themselves out. All what people want is to be freed from regulations that block them from doing what they can to raise revenue. There was no other government for Zimbabwe it started well then moved into corruption caused by the Zimbabweans ways of thinking. No government would loot everything and leave the people it governs with nothing.

    • Regime change in a bankrupt country why not let the responsible government sort themselves out. All what people want is to be freed from regulations that block them from doing what they can to raise revenue. There was no other government for Zimbabwe it started well then moved into corruption caused by the Zimbabweans ways of thinking. No government would loot everything and leave the people it governs with nothing.

  • he is good on talking only chozikwamwa hapana

    • Apo achishafa mbava hapana zviripo,iyo 51% 49% hapana lnvestor rinouya zvekumhanya

    • chitipaka mazano iwe unoziva!!!

  • Very true what we need is way foward.

  • With Opah Muchinguri, July Moyo, Patrick Chinamasa, Obert Mpofu, Miriam Chikukwa, Josiah Hungwe, Super Mandiwanzira, Sithembiso Nyoni, Simbarashe Mbengegwi, Martin Dinha, haaa mukaisimudza Zimbabwe ndokupai sando

  • lets also blame corruption as well…anywhere thanx for fightin slowly n slowly ko mari yamakatora kunaChombo irikupi

  • Musamhanye muchanyara soon, all the price hikes achamira soon. We on it. Mota dzakange dzakatengwa na Gushas idzo taurai zvamunoziva. I thought Zim people are educated, how can you make a sudden turn around ye economy, umwe ati hospital umwe mabasa , umwe schools. Where does the government get funds. Munonyadzisa nxaaa

    • Saka kana dzakange dzakatengwa kare hadzitengeswe here mari yacho yoshandiswa zvine basa? Iwe kudzidza kwawaita ndekupi ipapa uchitadza kufunga kudaro?Why do you support poverty nxaa

    • Hanty vaigona kungodzitengesa here kana dzakatengwa kare….

    • or better stil zvadzakange dzakatengwa kudhara dai akapa hospitals & schools to be used as pool cars or to auction them, Chiefs are nothing bt masterminds of political violence in the rural areas.

    • if ey managed to reverse the Indegenisation policy and the proposal by Jonathan for colleges to offer degrees, wat was difficult in changing the destination of thoz vehicles

    • It was gonna be a political quagmire for him cause madzishe new about them. Ko ngatiti ma civil servants otorerwa 20$ on their salary to be used for health, zvinoita here. It’s the Chiefs allocation. I pay yema Chiefs they know it kubva kare.

    • Politically u will be planning to fail. Dai paive ne 3 years to election he could risk. He has political and economic advisers. Let’s support him. I used to criticise but I want development. Rather advise him than criticising. People see only bad things hee tomatoes, hee Gukurahundi, heee chino how does he work when you are blaming him. At the same time you want jobs.

    • Amini Murinda accountability is everything.

    • What do you guys have against our chiefs

    • Elaborate Paida, is he not responsible? Yes he is accountable but for what period, you have made mistakes and you have been forgiven. Some of the issues have been there and people were quiet.
      We want development not fighting we tired. Do you want a sorry or jobs and better service

    • Amini is a fool by nature

    • I don’t believe in swearing to people raise your facts

    • Don’t drop your political frustration on me.

    • Africans….patadzwa motoombera….shithole citizens serious….kana dzakatengwa naBob why ddnt u cancel the deal makapihwa mari yenyu back or kudzitengesa kuBinga vakawana chikoro….2013 makavapa dzimwe futi…ko mota dzacho why vachingopihwa time ye election chete???

    • Stephen CRonaldo Cinoqua just checked your profile haisi mhosva yako. Some kinda deficiency in you

    • Amini Murinda who forgave who?

    • Mr Amini you don’t justify expediency by saying he had to do it just because elections are close. So you agree with those who are saying the move is for political benefit. Even if the cars were already bought it would have been more appropriate to channels them to the sectors where they would be more useful in line with the president’s theme of economic turn around. Already the government had sacrificed a lot of other departments for economic reasons. Government has stopped recruiting ECD teachers, and money was saved. Employees in the ministry of youth were laid off, and money was saved. Number of ministries was cut down, and money was saved. Now this buying of expensive cars for chiefs is not consistent with all the other cost saving measures and people ask questions. We recognize the traditional value of chiefs but surely buying them expensive cars is not a national priority at this moment. We just want our president to remain focused on what we marched and celebrated him for. We get worried when we think he is relapsing into Mugabe way of doing things.

    • Paida why are you realising now since it happened. There was a unity accord then, only that people are jumping into a political wagon driven by individuals with private agenda. People are miss informed, let me share with you this analysis( video) below.

      I’m not political but crying for social and economic rest. People have suffered a long way, we were born in hardships and we still in hardships.
      So let’s build our nation other than fighting. I understand you want apology from whorever, but themselves the ZAPU and ZANU signed. Unless if you want compensation.
      Video below

    • I hear you Tsungayi Chikakatire but remember there are things he does for his career and party. He has those to protect. One way or the other he is forced to do that. It was going to be better if it was Government of national unity or elections were postponed. He is not President of all parties and can fall if he does not seek support.
      NB I don’t support him politically but as a leader and I don’t wanna talk about Gukurahundi issues anymore,

    • Amin Murinda ED is the President of every Zimbabwe so he should prioritise Zimbabwe first..just.how many schools lacking adequate teachers.. and we have a lot of teachers who graduated two years ago not yet employed..

    • How about we consult the respective ministers he might not be aware. And let’s be polite than accusations

    • Amini aida kunzi mainini uyo. Ko hadzitengeseki here chero dzanga dzakatengwa kare ko inga maDegree aGrace nemapurazi handi vari kungomatora ko mota vaitadza nei kudzitora.

    • Amini aida kunzi mainini uyo. Ko hadzitengeseki here chero dzanga dzakatengwa kare ko inga maDegree aGrace nemapurazi handi vari kungomatora ko mota vaitadza nei kudzitora.

    • Zimbabwe is rich natural resources, as we speak they are diamonds 💎, gold, platinum,uranium natural gas etc, being processed but the same people you are trying to defend are the only ones that will benefit from those resources. What do you suggest, how long should we give them to turn things around then , didn’t we give them 37 yrs already

    • Iwe mainini just tell us you are looking for likes and replies we will give you without going out of your way… how can u try to be insane for u to get attention

    • Kkkkkk,

  • Some will criticise until they die. Seeing half empty glasses all the way. Even if he creates jobs, he can’t employ everyone . This is Africa not paradise where a command word creates abundance

  • police yakaenda hayo but pahwange vid yakuomesera muchovha

  • Kungonakirwa nekuprata junk chinoitwa hapana,tanga wasungwa naChiwenga wako totangira ipapo

  • Diwani Wadazo

    Why not buy them mazda which is localy assembled easy to service and that will give a good stimulation to local componies create jobs down the line

  • Its very sad that Zimbabweans are so brain washed that they will kill you for saying the truth, in his budget speech, Chinamasa said, The government has suspended buying new cars, nobody will receive new cars, and now within a month they are dishing out cars, where is the money coming from.

    • The bus only changed the driver but the route is the same. Zanu I zanu, nothing will ever change

    • Very true our country has a disgustingly high level of intolerance to those who disagree with us , I think it was started by ZANU pf when they invented Pasi naye meaning he/she must die, but now it has become a national cancer. It’s in our DNA

    • Very true our country has a disgustingly high level of intolerance to those who disagree with us , I think it was started by ZANU pf when they invented Pasi naye meaning he/she must die, but now it has become a national cancer. It’s in our DNA

    • Its election time

    • They have the money to buy cars but they can’t give people clean water

    • Fleet from the previous budget, not the current 1.

    • Taura hako phillip

    • The cars were bought before Mugabe left.

    • Even if they were bought 100 years ago, in this ailing economy he chooses to a million worthy vehicles.
      It’s money that can build a hospital, buy dialysis machines, buy irritating machinery, and so many other things

    • True

    • uncle bob bought them

  • Politically u will be planning to fail. Dai paive ne 3 years to election he could risk. He has political and economic advisers. Let’s support him. I used to criticise but I want development. Rather advise him than criticising. People see only bad things hee tomatoes, hee Gukurahundi, heee chino how does he work when you are blaming him. At the same time you want jobs.

  • ED, you now talking sense. Ian Smith’s then Rhodesia was given economic sanction, not targeted individual sanctions, but he managed to sustain those sanction. The rate of Rhodesian dollar was 1:1 with USA dollar. The concept of parastatals was created that time. Today, Zimbabwe has targeted individual sanctions that are targeted to the nation and government want to fool us that individuals targeted sanction are hurting Zimbabwe economy. When Mugabe took over from Ian Smith in 1980 the country has state of the art infrastructure and the late Nyerere cautioned to handle the country careful because it was the jewelry of Africa. Today, after 38 years the same country has nothing to show off. Mugabe was good at talking and was not good economic manager. Shame on Zanu PF government for destroying the future of generations to come.

  • True we can still do better.

  • Also stop spending taxpayers money on vote buying coz the only person Hapy is the chief and nt the villagers hazvis fair at all

  • I don’t like this “before the elections” bit. If this is not vote-buying, why mention the word elections in all this????

  • Clearly empowering the Owners of the Land, the KINGS, (not lower case ‘chiefs’, nehanda) is part of EDs solution. We salute his loyalty to Culture.
    As colonizers it was our will that they were disempowered. The City of London hates this development. Chaminuka loves it.

  • These cars we bought by Mugabe ED is just delivering.

  • We dont eat your facebook posts and talk about eradicating corruption. How much has been splashed on chiefs’ imported vehicles whilst people spend days queuing for a paltry 20 dollars. This guy is good at talking. This will even get worse if he wins the election. How can you talk of fighting corruption with Obert by your side

  • Dont worry Zimbabweans he has said

  • Im waitin the respond frm president

  • Haiwawo

  • Muchiri kutevedzera zanu pf? Mbavha nemhondi idzo. Vote the motherfuckers out of power and enjoy real independence.

  • Vhurirayi zvakachipa pamaborder muone kudzikiswa kunoitwa mitengo munhu wose anotanga kufara
    Buy Zimbabwe ndiyo yachemedza ruzhinji apa inonakira vashomashoma hazvibudi

  • Munhu asina even 3 months critisim hobho , what suffers is the grass , you will be played by politicians fighting forever.

    I’m non political and want economic and social rest. No one will bring miracle of jobs , health , schools and general welfare to apex in 2 months considering where Zim is. Don’t over estimate things.

    Other than support and giving time , political agendas are misleading people. Heee sewage in Harare, hee disabled people, can he really jump ino individual matter. And all those offices have holders.

    • If he was doing his best CLEAN WATER would have been his first priority. The state of the water coming out of our tapes is disgusting

    • If he was doing his best CLEAN WATER would have been his first priority. The state of the water coming out of our tapes is disgusting

    • If he was doing his best CLEAN WATER would have been his first priority. The state of the water coming out of our tapes is disgusting

  • You are now talking now Mr president not to blame sanctions.

  • Daz

    Dishing hundreds of free vehicles out this way is no way of fixing our economy!!

    • ZimMatata

      Its not about the economy and improving the life of Zimbabweans, its about retaining power through vote buying.

  • Sanctions are not targeted on every zimbo but corrupt individuals. Smith survived well with it and why not us. Talk of sanctions is too cheap to baby cry for when 15 billion just went up in smoke as if it was the bail out of the impossed sanctions.

    • I don’t agree with the mantra that sanctions are targeted. I faced their effects several times in Africa and abroad. In fact the people who were meant to be targeted were never hit. Sanctions as an experiment against wayward regimes never produced the desired outcome anywhere in the world.

    • I don’t agree with the mantra that sanctions are targeted. I faced their effects several times in Africa and abroad. In fact the people who were meant to be targeted were never hit. Sanctions as an experiment against wayward regimes never produced the desired outcome anywhere in the world.

    • Point taken

    • Point taken

    • Very true

  • ZANU PF will rule kusvika zvanaka, let’s support the President he is doing his level best, Rome was not built in a day and that will a miracle to transform our shattered economy in a short period bt the good thing is he is pulling towards that direction, the only miracle we can pray for is for God to open ppl’s eyes

    • Nothing will ever change my dear, zanu izanu

    • Bt it’s not proper to judge someone only two months in office

    • You can support him , for me that reason you just gave there is no good enough , try harder my brother

    • I wonder how hurt u were wen the old man was toppled , u r trying to recover

    • John Matanda I wasnt hurt because I never liked anything zanu pf never will

    • John Matanda very wrong my brother I despise Zanu pf

    • Zanu pf is like a snake that has thousands of heads

  • This zanupf tendency of tacking masses for granted must be stopped once and for all. Zim let’s vote wisely

  • Cars for Chiefs for what purpose nhaiwe Emerson nxaaaa uchatishatira iwe

  • yah Europe is not the only continent we can rely on Sanctions or not Zimbabwe must wake up inga Gushungo vakasiya vatiita kutidzidze wani even tho vakazouraya bhaskoro later..zim got high potential yekusimuka mukabvisa vapfana ve bhoshi ava zvofaya

  • yah Europe is not the only continent we can rely on Sanctions or not Zimbabwe must wake up inga Gushungo vakasiya vatiita kutidzidze wani even tho vakazouraya bhaskoro later..zim got high potential yekusimuka mukabvisa vapfana ve bhoshi ava zvofaya

  • i dont like it wen statistics showd kt a zimbo unomuwana in every country mmmmm thats bad zim must wakeup

  • i dont like it wen statistics showd kt a zimbo unomuwana in every country mmmmm thats bad zim must wakeup

  • Rambayi muchingo wukura, ende mucharamba muchingo wukura! Huuuu! Huuuu! Huuuu! ZANU PF ichingotonga ichingotonga! Ichienda mberi .

  • Rambayi muchingo wukura, ende mucharamba muchingo wukura! Huuuu! Huuuu! Huuuu! ZANU PF ichingotonga ichingotonga! Ichienda mberi .

  • Yaa that sanctions blame song was over played yayakutobhowa

  • Yaa that sanctions blame song was over played yayakutobhowa

  • good point kuzvishandira chinhu chinozoita kuti masanctions neinflation zvipere

  • good point kuzvishandira chinhu chinozoita kuti masanctions neinflation zvipere

  • I love EDM he preaches water but drinks wine. Am not sure whether this is an investment or a consumption expenditure. The economic theory behind the move appears flawed. Politically, it’s zanu pf at its best.

  • I love EDM he preaches water but drinks wine. Am not sure whether this is an investment or a consumption expenditure. The economic theory behind the move appears flawed. Politically, it’s zanu pf at its best.

  • I love EDM he preaches water but drinks wine. Am not sure whether this is an investment or a consumption expenditure. The economic theory behind the move appears flawed. Politically, it’s zanu pf at its best.

  • When I listened very carefully the budget was ready and we heard they was no money to buy cars .Where is this money coming from Mr Chinamasa? ?Is this Vote buying?

  • When I listened very carefully the budget was ready and we heard they was no money to buy cars .Where is this money coming from Mr Chinamasa? ?Is this Vote buying?

    • I remember you saying , “give him a chance” you words bro. lol!

    • Mota dzakange dzatengwa naKasukuwere before operation. Kusavapa would hv been damaging to him as well. Apa he has gained acceptance frm the traditional chiefs!! Votes mubhegi hake lol….

  • Banana republic. ..why do we acquire such expensive vehicles for chiefs, not so long ago the government talked about cutting costs. ..cry my beloved country. ..

  • Banana republic. ..why do we acquire such expensive vehicles for chiefs, not so long ago the government talked about cutting costs. ..cry my beloved country. ..

  • ko.iwo.machief makadii kuvapa ma single cab.The workers are failing to put bread on the table,they are over taxed and they cant afford a bicycle!

  • ko.iwo.machief makadii kuvapa ma single cab.The workers are failing to put bread on the table,they are over taxed and they cant afford a bicycle!

  • ed will loose elections no matter how many cars he buys the chiefs he should ask mugabe vote buying doesnt work anymore vamhu vasvinura

  • I don’t see anything wrong with giving traditional leaders cars besides these cars were bought long before Ngwena came into power and honestly chiefs are head of local government just lyk mayors in towns so whats wrong with them receiving a package like a single car, wakeup Zimbabweans these takakura tichinzwa kuti chief vahombe even In Smith recognized them let’s not undermine their authorities , we mine there resources we eat from their fields our economies come from their areas, leave traditional leaders to enjoy their benefits

  • yes you are correct

  • Well done Your Excellence. You have given the Chiefs the respect they clearly deserve.

  • u hv dissappointed ed

  • jonathan was right ,ed will never win an election.never.

  • We ar actually imposing sunctions against ourselves, chief vanopihwa mota yei, mbudzi nemombe zvavari… https://t.co/J8Ys8ffoDR

  • Ehezve thus good vision your excellence

  • Real,,,Current President z totally gud,,,,,what we need z great change,,((press conference))) ,,,might hv to denounce money exchange in Zim,,,, ,, Zero tolerance (corruption) ,,,,,Price control

  • This makes me angry 52 liabilities dished out … Where did that money come from when we can’t pay out teachers ?

  • Masoja akakurumidza kubva munyaya yezvirikuitika munyika they where supposed kufamba mumamines mastum… https://t.co/6kHCPXWcxL

  • I thought the sanctions we targeted on Mugabe or was it ZanuPF

  • Being positive to solving problems

  • Blame game, doesn’t work these days.

  • True

  • Sure sanctions are not only to blame.Corruption ,plagarism and incompitence can also contribute.

  • worried_zimbo

    why before elections? buying VOTES again? obvious these Chiefs will be forcing people to vote Zanu.

  • Mals

    And there is an article saying foreign currency shortages to persist?????? When are all those that are supposed to be investigated by this Anti corruption organisation going to be investigated including the o ld mans children????

  • y import import cars instead of supporting local……… m loosing my confidence in you Mr President