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PM Tsvangirai's Christmas Message

By Morgan Tsvangirai

My fellow Zimbabweans,

As 2009 draws to a close, we can all be proud of what we have achieved during the past year and excited by the future that lies ahead of us.

As a nation, we still have a long road to travel before you, the people, have access to the jobs, healthcare, education and security that you deserve.

With the formation of the transitional Government we have taken a form this Government was not an easy one, but in retrospect, it was and hospitals working again and rescue our nation from certain
economic disaster.

Through the formulation and implementation of the Short Term Emergency Programme, the 100 Day plan and now the Government Work Programme, we have laid the foundation for stabilisation and growth as well as instilling a new culture of transparency and
accountability within Government.

My Fellow Zimbabweans, I know that you expect a lot more from your Government in the coming year and I hereby pledge that we will not take your support for granted, but will continue to strive to build a nation that we can all be proud of.

In 2010, Government will shift its focus from stabilisation to consolidation, despite the fact that this administration has within its ranks individuals determined to frustrate the progress to which
we are committed.

Their efforts to undermine our ability to deliver to the people has prevented the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), which in turn prevents this Government from

However, thanks to the work of the negotiators and the South on the path that will see the consummation of the GPA and an increase in the pace of reforms.

I am proud that despite the growing pains inherent in forming this new Government, we have remained committed to our goal of delivering Dignity, Security, Democracy and Freedom, Prosperity and Hope to every Zimbabwean.

This is reflected in the five priorities of this government, namely to: Promote Economic Growth and Ensure Food Security; Guarantee Basic Services and Infrastructural Development; Strengthen and Ensure the Rule of Law and Respect for Property Rights; Advance and Safeguard Basic Freedoms; and Re-­establish International Relations.

Central to our commitment to delivery in 2010, is the formulation of a truly people-­driven constitution and I urge all of you to be actively involved in this process to ensure that your voice is heard.

My fellow Zimbabweans, I salute your courage, commitment to peace, and patriotism and pledge that this Government will continue to put your welfare above all other considerations.

I would like to pay special tribute to the thousands of civil servants that have shown professionalism and dedication to the new administration despite the challenging environment they have been forced to endure.

Improving their conditions of service will be a key focus of Government’s activities next year. I also acknowledge the work of Civil Society, the Churches and Trade Unions as we strive together to deliver real change to the people of this great nation.

As Zimbabweans, each one of us has a role to play in building this future by abiding by the rule of law, shunning corruption and embracing the concept of peaceful transition within the framework laid out in the GPA.

By working together we will set an example for the region and the world that will illustrate what can be achieved by a people united by their belief that democracy will deliver development and that peace will bring prosperity.

I thank you for your support in 2009 and look forward to working with you in 2010 to build the Zimbabwe that we all demand and deserve.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.