PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa dodged the query of the
struggling Zimbabwe greenback in his keynote tackle on the forty second Independence Day
commemorations in Bulawayo yesterday.

The native foreign money is within the throes of excessive inflation,
waning market confidence and is falling quickly on the parallel market.

Inflation is at 72,7%, whereas the native foreign money is buying and selling
at $350 on the parallel market in comparison with $150 on the official public sale market.

In his Independence Day speech, Mnangagwa steered away from
the emotive problem, and claimed that the financial system was rising.

“In 2021, the financial system grew by 7,4%, whereas in 2022, it’s
projected to develop by 5,5%, leveraging on the peaceable surroundings, elevated
manufacturing and productiveness, infrastructural growth, a buoyant mining
sector in addition to a recovering tourism and hospitality trade,” he stated.

The President, who delivered his whole speech with little
to no applause from a packed Barbourfields Stadium, has staked his re-election
bid in subsequent yr’s normal elections on infrastructural growth initiatives,
however has didn’t tame inflation, falling wages and the weakening foreign money.

“In step with my administration’s dedication to ship
inclusive growth to the individuals, building and rehabilitation of feeder
roads, bridges, clinics, classroom blocks, and different social facilities have been
undertaken inside our native authorities. These are proving to be key enablers
for elevated financial actions and comfort, throughout all provinces,
districts, and wards,” Mnangagwa stated.

His speech confirmed that his ruling celebration’s marketing campaign message
for the 2023 normal elections will give attention to signature infrastructure initiatives
and ignore the poorly performing foreign money.

This yr, Residents Coalition for Change (CCC) president
Nelson Chamisa broke years of the opposition’s custom of snubbing the
Independence celebrations by sending celebration leaders to Bulawayo.

Chamisa was represented by interim celebration secretary-general
Chalton Hwende and interim nationwide organising secretary Amos Chibaya on the
forty second celebrations of independence.

Chamisa, who didn’t attend the Bulawayo celebrations, stated
CCC can be attending nationwide occasions to foster nationwide unity.

“We’re a authorities in ready and never a strain group,
we’re sending a transparent sign that these occasions are for everybody, they’re
nationwide and a supply of unity,” he stated .

The opposition chief has been breaking with custom to
attraction hardliners, particularly the navy and prime authorities officers.

He additionally lately declared that the land reform wouldn’t be
reversed and troopers or the police received’t be fired as soon as he assumes energy.

Mnangagwa acknowledged the presence of CCC and different
political opponents saying politics of the outdated ought to come to an finish.

“As we have fun 42 years of our nation’s independence,
allow us to by no means permit divisive tendencies, greed and the pursuit of unpatriotic
self-centred political beneficial properties, to weaken our bond of unity, peace, love and
concord. Individually and collectively, now we have an obligation to wholeheartedly serve
and work arduous for the event and prosperity of our beloved motherland,
Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa stated.

Commemorations in
Bulawayo, which had been additionally attended by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga and
his kids, had been held in a vibrant surroundings. Newsday

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