By Idah Mhetu
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa promised Sunday “to improve the lives of all our citizens in every part of the country” saying the ruling Zanu PF party’s parliamentary majority was “a loud show of confidence”.
He was speaking during the burial of former provincial affairs minister Thokozile Mathuthu who succumbed to cancer last week.
Mnangagwa barely avoided a run-off in last month’s presidential elections, winning 50.8 percent of the vote against 44.3 percent for main rival and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
The ruling Zanu PF party however claimed a two-thirds majority in the legislative vote.
“The more than two-thirds majority is a loud show of support and confidence from the people,” said Mnangagwa Sunday.
“Drawing inspiration from the collective hope and dreams of our people, we will as government work tirelessly in the second republic to improve the lives of all our citizens in every part of the country.”
Mnangagwa’s victory is being challenged by Chamisa in a constitutional court case set to start on Wednesday.
Even so, the Zanu PF leader said government his would implement devolution to help ensure the economic empowerment of “all citizens, with the youth in mind”.
“Principally, my government has taken a decision to implement the constitutional requirements of devolving and decentralising the running of the country’s national affairs,” he said.
The incoming government would also rebuild the country’s economy through modernisation and industrialisation, thus creating jobs and ensuring broad-based empowerment in line with its vision 2030.
“In this vision, we have a special place for the country’s youth who deserve a better live and increased opportunities,” said Mnangagwa.
“They must therefore take this programme of devolved economic development as specifically for them.”
To the Mathuthu family, the Zanu PF leader said, “May we all be assured in the faith and knowledge that our dear comrade is now with the Lord.
“She fought a good fight, she finished the race and kept faith. May her soul rest in peace.”