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DATE; JULY 6, 2012





Official Opening Statement by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, at the 5th International Business Conference

25TH APRIL, 2012


The Vice President, Hon Joyce Mujuru,

The Minister of Industry and International Trade, Prof. Welshman Ncube

All ministers here present,

The Chairperson of the NECF, Dr Robbie Mupawose,

Captains of Industry, both local and international,

Labour Union leaders,

All smart partners,

Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a great pleasure for me to be with you this morning at this auspicious event.

Today is an important day on the business calendar of our country.

Any business conference is welcome in this country because we are at that delicate stage where we need investment in both new and old ventures so that we can create jobs for the millions of our unemployed citizens.

This is because while we need new investment, we also need to resuscitate our ailing industrial sector and bring back the noise in those silent factories.

My tours across the country to assess GWP projects have been a sorry sight.
Closed companies, old equipment, retrenched workers and ghost towns have been the story of Zimbabwe and we need to avail resources to resuscitate these companies.

This is why as government, we set up Dimaf, a $40 million collaborative fund between government and Old Mutual Zimbabwe (OMZ) to bail out distressed firms here in Bulawayo.

In this town alone, 80 companies were closed, leaving 20 000 workers jobless. I am aware of the concerns from various stakeholders regarding the disbursement of this money and I pledge to ensure that this money is immediately disbursed for its intended purpose.

We have done this because government has a critical role in promoting investment, technological enhancement and utilization of the rich resource base for the building of Zimbabwe’s industrial base on a very solid foundation.

Zimbabwe’s fate is in our own hands and all of us have a role to play. That is why at NECF the motto rightly is, “Together We Make Zimbabwe Great”.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the key issue here is how do we reshape our economic destiny, and create a national economy which can best respond to expectations of our citizens for jobs, decent earnings, stable prices, attract foreign direct investment , sustained economic growth and development.

The citizens of this country deserve as a right, an industrialized stable economy which can provide adequate goods and services at prices which are affordable to consumers and viable to business.

Zimbabweans across the board have clear expectations on how their national economy should function and be managed.
They expect specific deliverables from Government, labour and business.

At the present moment, we are all challenged by contemporary exigencies to mobilize our inner strengths to overcome social and economic challenges from within ourselves which constrain the ability of our economy to satisfy the requirements of our citizens.

We have a starting point in that we boast of a good education system that has seen us become one of the top two countries in Africa with the highest literacy rate.

What has happened in the last two years under the Inclusive Government clearly demonstrates that in those instances where we have acted with a common purpose, we have provided hope to the nation that we can rebuild this country to be the envy of many again.

So we remain a country of hope and opportunities; a country with such a large potential for growth that our option is either to destroy or nurture that potential.

Some of us want to nurture that potential and we have publicly differed with those policies that do not address job creation or send the correct message to investors.

We say no to all forms of machinations that seek to destroy the national wealth for the common good. We endeavor to grow the national cake in a more just, equitable and sustainable manner by focusing more on creating new wealth while preserving and growing existing wealth.

This is the true spirit of a national empowerment policy that every well-meaning Zimbabwean should be pursuing.

The central role of Government in the National Economy remains that of creating an enabling environment for business and labour to engage in actual production and output of goods and services.

We must look back with honesty and examine where things went wrong in order to reconnect with the successes of the past, looking at all the key issues required to industrialize Zimbabwe. We have witnessed the restoration of some of the basic principles that made the country so successful.

I cannot overemphasize the need for government to move with speed to restore the collateral value of land and other commercial assets to leverage our natural heritage. One of the reasons our farmers and indigenous entrepreneurs have not been as successful is the failure to access the much needed capital as land remains a dead asset with huge potential for financial leverage.

The policies and regulations we must now put in place are those that will lay fundamental principles which enhance business confidence, wealth creation and attract foreign direct investment.

Government provides policies with respect to the direction and purpose to be taken by the national economy. It is also a key public responsibility of Government to set competitive standards and deterrent penalties in order to protect the public as well as enhance corporate governance.

Those habits and attitudes that favour speculative behaviour, rent seeking, arbitrage, greed and selfishness must be dealt with ruthlessly so that a new brand of entrepreneurial robustness is built.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our biggest challenge is to demonstrate to the rest of the world, our capability to turn our rich resource base into an industrial hub, offering far greater opportunities for economic prosperity, value addition, industrialization, political stability and poverty alleviation.

Our regional geographical location and superb climatic conditions on their own, give us comparative advantages that no other country has. Indeed, Zimbabwe can easily be the regional transport and goods distribution hub.

Zimbabwe is part of the global economy. As such, we are seeking to harness financial, technological and market opportunities, which grow our economy.

As a Government, we are rebuilding collaborative arrangements with private investors, international cooperating partners and financial institutions such as the recently signed Interim EU-Economic Partnership Agreement.

Coupled with this, is the need for all of us to commit ourselves both as business, labour and the public sector to sound management of the national economy.

Sometime last year, I was invited to a business forum and a concern was raised that as government we should assist in arbitration so that wage demands are in sync with productivity. There must be trust between labour, business and government as we try to recover our economy.

It is imperative that all smart partners and stakeholders in the national economy act with a single resolution and communicate their single determination to grow Zimbabwe’s economy and wealth.

This is no time for unnecessary political discord but for putting in place policies that promote investment and create jobs for our people.

The basis for establishing international confidence in our economy is sound national economic management. Wealth creation and wealth sharing are not negotiable. Explicit rules and policies for managing win-win partnerships are a must for the complete reconnection, restoration, reconstruction and growth of the economy.

As Government, we are fully aware of the challenges before us which range from a huge debt burden, the shipping out of unprocessed precious minerals, lack of funding for infrastructure such as road and rail networks, energy shortages, low capacity utilization in manufacturing and low employment levels.

Our major set-back in dealing with these challenges to achieve our full potential as a nation has been our bad and poisonous politics, our uneasy coalition which has bickered more than it has collaborated to set the correct tone for economic growth and development.

I know the efforts we are making as a government to deal with enablers such as energy to both corporates and ordinary homes, but I am not satisfied with the pace, particularly in the rehabilitation of our roads and railway network.

But while enablers such as provision of adequate power have remained a challenge, I am happy in the great strides we are making in ICTs, which is a critical sector that spurs economic growth and citizens’ participation in national affairs.

Our national challenges will not disappear ontheir own. We should have a collective national resolve to cooperate and create opportunities and partnerships which will enable our country to benefit from the vast wealth potential which this country possesses.

Zimbabwe’s economic growth requires all of us as the key stake holders to work together in a smart partnership way.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Zimbabwe is endowed with sufficient human and natural resources to create sufficient wealth for all its citizens. Aspiring to be rich individuals is not good for anybody except the selfish. It is more sustainable to aspire to be citizens of a rich country.

The responsibility to save and protect the quality of life for all must preoccupy us at corporate level, in business, labour and in politics, irrespective of race, colour, tribe, religion or political affiliation. It is a historic burden borne by all those who offer to serve people.

The NECF must continue advising us in government on policy and institutional adjustments so that we drive a new development agenda that will sustain wealth generation for our country and Zimbabwe’s goodwill in the international community.

I urge the NECF to remain committed to providing the platform for dialogue, a constant presence across the board in both public and private sector institutions, and to ensure responsiveness of policy in a timely and effective manner to sustain Zimbabwe’s wealth generation.

All smart partners and stakeholders must stay engaged at all times as their inputs are taken seriously. I urge you to continue to uphold the values of corporate governance, trust, respect, shared vision, cultural diversity, transparency, fair play and equality.

As Government, we pledge to continue doing our best, even in the circumstances, to promote economic growth and job creation.

My vision for Zimbabwe is a place where a credible and legitimate government would be able to address the issues of enablers such as energy, ICTs, road, rail and air transport systems.

We will have to build a strong economy, use market principles with safety nets and targeted policies to promote economic and social justice and to provide jobs and uplift the standard of the people.

My experience as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe is that peace is a key factor for investment. That is why tolerance and respect for our diversity are key ingredients of luring investment.

This coalition has achieved a lot in the last three years.

But our experience has shown that only a legitimately elected government, and not a coalition, can develop and implement a common vision and programmes that will deal with the massive unemployment and poverty that Zimbabwe currently faces.

Our country requires a break from the past; coupled with a clear programme underpinned by political and economic reforms, a commitment to the rule of law, defense of property rights and reward of individual effort.

The immediate challenge for any new government in Zimbabwe would be creating peace and stability and embarking on an aggressive programme of infrastructure rehabilitation, resuscitation of our manufacturing potential and increasing our mining and agricultural productivity.

That challenge for us as the new crop of African leaders is to consign repression and misgovernance to the dustbins and creating a new society with a new ethos and new values that poise us for peace, stability, investment and growth.

As I have said, this is important because our toxic politics has been the Achilles heel in our quest for investment and growth.

Some of us across the political divide represent a new generation whose focus is mainly on building strong economies, creating jobs and developing a qualitative and affordable social delivery system especially in the fields of health and education.

But I tell you, Zimbabwe remains a country of high opportunity.

My faith in this land is unwavering and unshaking.

I have no doubt that we will overcome and that we will concentrate on that which is what Zimbabweans need at the moment and that is job creation. We shall reclaim our tag as a jewel of Africa and I hope as business, you share my optimism.

Yes, I have no doubt in my mind that this country will soon celebrate its glorious moment and every Zimbabwean will be part of a strong and sound economy.

That is the true legacy we should bequeath to the future generations of this country.

I thank you


wo weeks, no ruling yet on MDC members
Tuesday, 24 April 2012

It is now two weeks after High Court judge; Justice Chinembiri Bhunu reserved judgment indefinitely on the application by 29 MDC members who are seeking leave to appeal for their refusal of bail at the Supreme Court.

The 29 members are in remand prison after they were indicted for trial on false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare in May 2011.

However, for two weeks now Justice Bhunu has been sitting on his ruling of the bail application by 29 members who want their matter to be heard before the Supreme Court. The appeal to transfer the matter to the Supreme Court was made after the same judge had refused them bail pending the start of the trial.

What is worrying to the MDC, the accused and their families is that some of the accused have been in remand prison for to close to one year as the State and the judiciary are refusing to grant them bail.

Because of the delay in the delivery of justice and the continued incarceration of the 29, the MDC view this as well-orchestrated political persecution and victimisation of the MDC and its members.

Of serious concern is that last Friday, the same High Court granted a US$100 bail to the Shamva police officer-in-charge, Inspector Aspias Shumba who is facing a murder charge of killing a mine worker, Luxmore Chivambo of Ashley Mine in March 2012.

Other Shamva police officers facing similar charges were two weeks ago granted bail by the same courts.

As the MDC, we demand the immediate release of 29 of our members. We condemn the State and the judiciary’s manoeuvres in continuing to imprison, persecute and harass innocent and peace-loving Zimbabweans whose only crimes are to be members of a political party that is fighting to bring about democratisation to Zimbabwe


Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s statement on Independence Day
Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tomorrow will be an important day for us all as we celebrate our country’s Independence Day. It is a day that encapsulates Zimbabwe’s painful story. As a people, our independence was not a stroll in the park. We had to wage a brutal and protracted liberation struggle to end colonialism. Brave sons and daughters of this land perished in that struggle.

Indeed, they died so that the national aspiration for dignity and freedom could live again. Yet others were maimed and lost limb so that the whims of future generations could walk again. The bones of the patriotic children of this land are strewn throughout the forests and bushes of Southern Africa.

In Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana and Tanzania, the sons and daughters of this country lie in shallow graves; their blood selflessly shed to irrigate the national aspiration for true freedom and national happiness. On 18 April 1980, we terminated the brutal era of colonialism and hoisted our new Zimbabwe flag with pride and honour.

We occupied government offices and claimed new political space.

Many people gave the new leadership the benefit of the doubt. We all expected our leaders to return our dignity by crafting policies that benefit the ordinary citizen and poise the country for economic growth and development. Contrary to expectations, the new leadership did not take long to betray the very values central to the liberation struggle. Repression, violence and looting became the order of the day.

Outraged by this combination of impunity and bad governance, the people of Zimbabwe demanded and thrust us to lead a new struggle to complete the unfinished business of the liberation struggle. Independence alone is not enough. Independence must be accompanied by respect for people’s basic freedoms. It must come with jobs and economic growth.

Independence means a new leadership with a new set of values that are in the interest of the people. It must come with the enactment of laws that show a new culture, a new ethos and a new thrust to respect the dignity and the freedoms of the individual.

Today, even in the wake of an inclusive government, policy and ideological discord at the instigation of some elements in this government have meant a further betrayal of the people’s aspirations. We have disagreed in this government because there are others who want to perpetuate the old culture of expropriation, looting and self-aggrandizement clad in new and misleading nomenclature such as “indigenization.”

It is such wild political jingoism that stands in the way of investment promotion and job creation for the people. It is regrettable that Independence Day has been monopolized and personalised by one political party. This is a national day that is greater than Zanu PF, the MDC, Mavambo or any other political formation. Independence day is a day greater than Morgan Tsvangirai , Robert Mugabe, Welshman Ncube, Arthur Mutambara or Simba Makoni.

Our personal caprices and the political parties we lead must subordinate themselves to the iridescent nature and character of this day. To adorn Independence Day in a Zanu PF robe is to rob it of its national character and its universal appeal to the diverse people of Zimbabwe who are all too aware of its mammoth significance to the story of this land.

I wish to state that we had a discussion in Cabinet last week about the proposed theme for this year, which is Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment for Economic Transformation. We rejected it because we find this a repugnant theme which sounds more of a slogan for a political party than an inclusive, peace-building theme which should be determined through consensus.

There was no consensus on the current theme . While we support broad-based empowerment of the ordinary person, our colleagues have taken indigenisation to mean expropriation and nationalization. There is no such policy of Government. Our problem is not about the day, but the theme of this day.

A more unifying theme which captures the national sentiment at this time would have been more appropriate. As Principals, we led the national call for peace in November last year and it would have been ideal to have a theme that revolves around this key issue ahead of the next election.

But despite the provocation around the theme, we will be attending tomorrow’s event because we believe it is a national day that is greater than political parties. We will attend because we will not allow Zanu PF to privatize this day.

While we reject the theme, we refuse to be chucked out of a national day which has nothing to do with Zanu PF but has everything to do with the collective history of all Zimbabweans in their diversity. So we will be there to pay tribute to the gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who sacrificed everything to free this country. The only way to placate the spirit of the departed cadres of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle is to respect the dignity and freedoms of the ordinary citizen.

We can only truly stand on the shoulders of heroes by building a peaceful country where government respects the people’s freedoms. Joshua Nkomo will smile in his grave if we build a new Zimbabwe where all people live in peace and harmony despite their tribal, racial, religious and political differences.

Hebert Chitepo and Leopold Takawira will truly say they fought a good fight when we begin to create jobs for the millions of unemployed Zimbabweans; when we stop repression and violence against each other. Yes, Josiah Tongogara, Sheba Tavarwisa, Solomon Mujuru will only be proud of us if we bring back the noise in our silent factories, promote investment and set this country on a new path to economic growth and development.

This is what the true revolutionary sons and daughters of this land died for. This is what they wanted. Once we execute their dreams, Independence will begin to have a new meaning, touching our very lives and setting the tone for a bright future for our children.

As we brace for the next election, there must be peace in the land. We should all stand united against violence. The youths of Zimbabwe must refuse to manipulated and bribed for political gain. There must be security of the person, security of the vote and security of the people’s will. This is the true freedom that our liberators fought for.

As we celebrate Independence Day, I urge all of you to remain united, to promote peace and above all, to share a thought for the thousands who perished to liberate this country. Some of them are still alive but struggling to barely survive and to send their children to school. This is an indictment on this inclusive government.

In the villages, we are all aware of the role played by our mothers, our sisters and our brothers towards meeting this national dream of charting a future for ourselves.

Today, we remember them. We salute them.

The collective story of this country is painful. Zimbabweans must be stand firm in defending the legacy of our protracted struggle by calling on us as leaders to be democratic, transparent and accountable.

Above all, we must respect and protect the people’s freedoms of choice, association, speech and movement. Only then will this day reclaim its true meaning.
Happy Independence Day!

God Bless You!

And God Bless Zimbabwe!

Morgan Tsvangirai
Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and President of the MDC


Number 44 Nelson Mandela Avenue


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