PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday reiterated his administration’s unwavering fight against corruption saying the door to graft has been shut warning that those who want to pursue that route would face dire consequences.
In his Heroes Day address broadcast live from State House in Harare, the President said Government makes no apologies in its enforcement of transparency and accountability across the country’s socio, economic and political spectrum.
“The Second Republic has, since its inception, accelerated the entrenchment and consolidation of democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law in pursuit of social justice and equal opportunities for the economic empowerment of the previously marginalised majority,” said President Mnangagwa.
“Informed by a cardinal ethos during the liberation struggle, the 2nd Republic’s thrust in the fight against corruption is unwavering. My administration therefore makes no apologies for fixing our systems across the socio, economic and political spectrum. Accountability and transparency will keep on being enforced in every facet of our society. The door to the old manner of doing things is closed. The corrupt way is shut and those who choose that route will face dire consequences.”
President Mnangagwa said the day occupies a special place in the country’s history and development as the nation remembers and pay tribute to countrymen and women who paid the supreme sacrifice for the liberation of Zimbabwe. He, however, said the celebrations were being held in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic hence the decision to forego the usual fanfare in compliance with the World Health Organisation’s Guidelines. Still on Covid-19, President Mnangagwa called on Zimbabweans to be more vigilant in the face of an upsurge of infections and deaths.
“We must all adhere to the World Health Organisation, WHO, guidelines which include wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hygiene. Government will continue to scale up testing, contact tracing and isolating those who have tested positive,” he said.
President Mnangagwa said the commemorations were also being held against the background of renewed glaring, and unjustified attacks by our perennial detractors, both inside and outside Zimbabwe.
He urged Zimbabweans not to lose heart or be discouraged but look back to the country’s rich history and draw lessons from the departed heroes who since the 1890s, united and showed resilience in their gallant fight against oppressive forces.
“As the heroes of yesteryear, today we have no alternative; we must as Zimbabweans close ranks by uniting, in peace, harmony and with resolute patriotism and self-love to chart a brighter future for ourselves and for the sake of our motherland.
“Our position is clear; a firm foundation has been laid and continues to be strengthened for a thriving constitutional democracy, and a just, open, accountable and prosperous society. With unfaltering determination, and emboldened by the experiences of the unrelenting attacks on our country in the past two decades, we know that the future is bright. Our success is inevitable,” said President Mnangagwa.
“The divisive falsehoods and concoctions by renegades and supremacists who want to pounce on our natural resources will never win the day. Truth shall triumph over lies, and good over evil. Viva Zimbabwe! Viva Zimbabwe! Forward ever, backward never!”
President Mnangagwa said in spite of the continued illegal sanctions imposed by some Western countries coupled with the negative impact of climate change which has affected economic growth projections, the Government has embarked on a number of programmes to accelerate national development.
“Land was one of the major reasons the country’s gallant sons and daughters took up arms to fight for the liberation of our beloved country. The 2nd Republic under my administration continues to consolidate the gains of the revolution. We shall never betray the principles of the revolution. The blood of those who fought for our land,” said Mnangagwa.