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hope for national re-construction as the inclusive government is
put in place
Residents Association (CHRA)
February 12, 2009
The MDC formations and
ZANU-PF have finally found common ground to implement the Global
Political Pact and put in place Zimbabwe's inclusive Government.
Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai and his two deputies, Professor Mutambara
and Ms Khupe were sworn in yesterday (11 February 2009) and the
swearing in of cabinet ministers and their deputies is on the cards.
This transitional arrangement (all-inclusive government) is expected
to give the Harare residents and the generality of Zimbabweans a
chance to turn around their socio-economic and political fortunes
and arrange for the holding of democratic elections under a new
services provision and infrastructure maintenance have heavily collapsed,
unemployment levels are currently pegged above 94%, HIV infected
people are said to be 1, 3 million, school attendance rates are
said to be below 20%, 70 000 people have been affected by the current
cholera pandemic, 3400 of these constitute the reported deaths,
millions go hungry, millions are 'refugees' in different
countries around the world, thousands dead and some remain political
violence victims. The Zimbabwean economy is laterally lifeless and
the $ZW as worthless as any other piece of paper (the country now
uses a multi-currency system). This is just an extract from a horde
of the country's political and socio-economic crises. The
centre just cannot hold in Zimbabwe, it is a state of emergency
and sanity should prevail as a matter of urgency.
In his inauguration speech
in Harare, the Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Zimbabwe,
Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai presented his turnaround vision. He pledged
his and the MDC's utmost commitment to rebuilding the economy.
He promised the civil service remuneration 'in foreign currency
by end of this month' (February), a move which will cushion
them from the economic malaise and the devalued ZW$ which has completely
eroded their incomes.
The Prime minister emphasized
the need for a pro-people and nationalistic rather than partisan
transitional Government and the need for urgency and fair distribution
of food aid. Mr. Tsvangirai called for revamping of the country's
education sector, urging teachers to go to work 'on Monday.'
He, however, acknowledged the difficulties which lie ahead and the
need for unity of purpose for the realization of the transitional
government's deliverables. On the other hand, President Mugabe,
speaking at the private swearing-in ceremony held at the State House
promised to shun intransigence and extend a 'hand of friendship,
cooperation and solidarity' for the good of the country.
CHRA looks forward to
tangible and quick attendance to the cholera pandemic, health delivery
system, water and sewer management, infrastructural maintenance,
electricity supply, environmental management, housing, unemployment,
poverty, bread basket and other socio-economic and political crises
bedeviling the city and the country as a whole. The Association
will continue to advocate for effective, affordable, non-partisan,
transparent and professional service delivery and upholding of democratic
principles at local and central government levels.
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