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Zimbabwe Needs A Mature Unifier, and A Servant Leader In Propelling National Development

Zimbabwean is running the Diaspora Directorate Desk in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - one of whose purposes is to engage and manage global Zimbabwean Diaspora in nation-building By Tinashe Mukori When President ED Mnangagwa was elected President in 2018, he decided it a priority in his providential wisdom that all Zimbabweans were supposed to put aside their differences, varied political affiliations, ideologies and pursuasions and come up with a national shared vision that would champion the overarching aspirations of all Zimbabweans. In order to achieve this, he invited and brought together all Presidential candidates who participated in the 2018 plebiscite to the table to craft a framework of engagement in coming up with a national shared vision and contribute significantly to the attainment of unity and national development. The notion was that each and everyone of them had ideas and blueprints which represented the aspirations of those who followed them as political leaders, hence they were supposed to bring these ideas to the table in a representative capacity. It is vital to note that this was never about numbers but ideas. Numbers mattered during the election and voting, but now was the time for

Zimbabwean is running the Diaspora Directorate Desk in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – one of whose purposes is to engage and manage global Zimbabwean Diaspora in nation-building

 

By Tinashe Mukori

 

When President ED Mnangagwa was elected President in 2018, he decided it a priority in his providential wisdom that all Zimbabweans were supposed to put aside their differences, varied political affiliations, ideologies and pursuasions and come up with a national shared vision that would champion the overarching aspirations of all Zimbabweans.

In order to achieve this, he invited and brought together all Presidential candidates who participated in the 2018 plebiscite to the table to craft a framework of engagement in coming up with a national shared vision and contribute significantly to the attainment of unity and national development.

The notion was that each and everyone of them had ideas and blueprints which represented the aspirations of those who followed them as political leaders, hence they were supposed to bring these ideas to the table in a representative capacity.

It is vital to note that this was never about numbers but ideas.

Numbers mattered during the election and voting, but now was the time for ideas to build our nation as one. Every citizen’s views in Zimbabwe deserved to be heard. This culminated in the creation of POLAD.

This forum allows the opposition not in government to provide input for national development and promote dialogue on national issues. It is in line with the philosophy of the framework that enables political winners and losers to work together for the sake of nationhood.

The President is on record calling for more of economics and less of politics! For this to be a reality in our nation, the important ingredient is peace and the most vital asset is a united citizenry.

Since then, he has rallied Zimbabweans from all walks of life from musicians, socialites, pastors, graduates, footballers, artists, health workers, traditional leaders, educators, miners, and all, behind Vision 2030 which envisages an upper middle-income society by 2030.

He has embraced an open-door policy and believes that every citizen deserves to be heard as the Voice of the People is the Voice of God!

This national trajectory of inclusive development can be situated within the substructure in which it was instituted, the Unity Accord, for purposes of promoting unity, peace, development and national cohesion.

The President has taken further steps to provide another platform for continuous dialogue through the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission to encourage people to talk about their affairs, especially the dark side of our past in Matabeleland and find solutions, for unity and peace are the cornerstone of any meaningful development.

This is a much-needed turn to pragmatic collective agenda setting for regional integration which promotes sustainable development in line with the national trajectory of leaving no one and no place behind.

The President has further demonstrated conceited efforts in directing implemention of devolution, which requires communities to dialogue among themselves and identify their localised priorities.

This entrenches unity and consolidation of shared priorities among communities and ultimately, the whole nation.

In the same vein of inclusive national development, the advent of the Second Republic led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose thrust on diaspora engagement has significantly shifted to be proactive as a result of its inclusive policies and ideals of not leaving anyone behind.

This saw the Zimbabwean government establishing a Diaspora Directorate Desk in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade that has as one of its remits, engaging the global Zimbabwean Diaspora in nation-building.

In early August of 2021, the Zimbabwe Diaspora Nation Building Initiative was requested by the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ), through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, to lead in consulting the global Zimbabwean Diaspora, in the review of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Policy (2016 version).

It was envisaged that the output of this policy review, was to provide the basis on which the GoZ will proactively seek to harness and mobilise the socio-economic resources inherent within the Zimbabwe global diaspora.

In addition, it was to inform strategies to further the interests and rights of diasporans.

In all this, President ED Mnangagwa has time and again demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that he is a mature unifier and servant leader who is tremendously seized with propelling national development, leaving no-one and no place behind.

Tinashe Mukori writes in his personal capacity and the views expressed do not necessarily represent the Editorial views and position of the DSE Group Of  Newspapers. Mukori is the ZANU PF Cape District Spokesperson, Acting Deputy Youth League Political Commissar, and Head Of Media and Marketing for MenBelievED Southern Diaspora. He can be contacted on mukorimukori@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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