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at swearing ceremony
February 11, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen, I rise to speak on three related
issues. The first matter is explaining why we are here today, that
is the meaning and significance of today. The second issue involves
outlining the challenges to be tackled by this new government. The
last subject deals with what has to be done to ensure that the new
government can successfully execute its mandate, what we call the
critical success factors.
Fellow citizens, we are here to celebrate
the coming together of Zimbabweans in pursuit of their collective
national interest. This is a new era of peace and unity in our country.
We are here to celebrate the dignity of difference. Three different
generations of Zimbabweans have come together to salvage their country.
Three different political parties have joined hands in an inclusive
government to serve their people. Different social classes and different
ethnic groups have come together as members of one family, the Zimbabwean
family. This is the dignity of difference, the divinity of diversity.
Embracing diversity and differences is a reservoir of strength.
It is a source of creativity, innovation, and stability. Leveraging
inclusiveness, and the creative tension thereof, will lead to the
effective and sustainable resolution of our national socio-political-economic
The tasks of the inclusive government we seek to
establish are immense, but not insurmountable. The first area is
the resolution of the humanitarian crisis, in particular the cholera
epidemic, food supply, education, and healthcare. The second area
is stabilization and recovery of our economy. Our country and people
have gone traumatic and polarizing experiences. We need a national
healing process, as the third area of concern. The next matter revolves
around the crafting and adoption of a new people driven democratic
constitution. This must be a national consensus document supported
by all political parties, with total buy in and ownership by the
entirety of civic society, and the generality of the people of Zimbabwe.
The last area of concentration is going to be the economic transformation
of Zimbabwe into a globally competitive economy. As Zimbabweans
we seek to collectively develop a thirty year economic vision, shared
and adopted by all political parties, the business community, and
all relevant stakeholders. This vision will be buttressed by a national
economic strategy rooted in industry sector plans. The growth pillars
will be 15-20 major impact industrial projects. We might not do
much in terms of execution and results on this fifth item. What
we seek to do in this transitional authority is to lay the foundation
by completing the inclusive envisioning process, strategy development,
identification and valuation of the projects, and implementation
In order for us to be able to execute the mandate
of this government, an enabling environment characterized by certain
behaviours must be in place. We must work as one team, Team Zimbabwe.
We must have unity of purpose and action. We must work together
and be seen to be working together. We must speak the language of
unity, the language of working together. We seek to establish one
government, with one cabinet, to serve one nation. Hence we must
be prepared to take joint responsibility for both failures and successes.
We must re-establish trust and respect among ourselves, as leaders
and as Zimbabweans. As a nation we must regain confidence from those
external to us. This can be achieved by clearly working in harmony,
and establishing both a credible cabinet and a credible plan of
action. To our developmental, cooperating, and strategic partners
in the region, Africa, and the international community, we say we
are grateful for the role you have played in our struggle to establish
a peaceful, prosperous and democratic nation. Your role before 1980
and in the last 10 years is greatly appreciated. Now that Zimbabweans
have spoken with unprecedented unanimity and have come together
to fix their country, we call upon you to give this inclusive government
a fighting chance. This is a new era of peace and unity in Zimbabwe.
For those who have imposed whatever measures against Zimbabwe, be
they targeted sanctions, call them what you may; those measures
must be removed immediately. As leaders of this inclusive government
we will be remiss in our charge if we do not take this principled
position. We will not be serious about the people's business.
Our country needs all the support it can muster from the global
community of nations, balance of payment support, credit lines,
and more importantly investment. As a new government we seek to
normalize and harmonize our relations with all nations of the world.
On our part as leaders of Zimbabwe we commit to working together
in a coherent, clean, democratic and competent government.
In conclusion, with your permission President Mugabe,
may I take this opportunity to ban all party political slogans during
the period of this inclusive government. Let us give up party politics
until the next elections. Going forward, there will be only two
slogans permissible. Delivery, delivery, delivery. Results, results,
The struggle to attain a peaceful and prosperous
nation continues .
I thank you, tatenda, siyabonga.
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