via President outlines mandate by Emilia Zindi and Kuda Bwititi – Sunday Mail
Mugabe has said the incoming Government will be mandated to fulfil the wishes of the people as well as implement policies that uplift the standards of living of Zimbabweans in line with the party’s broad vision to share national resources.
Addressing thousands who gathered at the National Heroes’ Acre for the burial of veteran nationalist Cde Kumbirai Kangai yesterday, Cde Mugabe said the revolutionary party will intensify its people-centred policies such as indigenisation and economic empowerment.
He said Government officials were in office to serve the majority of Zimbabweans and not to advance personal interests. Housing for all, affordable health care and enhancing the education and mining sectors are among the policies the Government will pursue, he added.
“Zvatirikuita izvi kuti vanhu pazvido zvavo pamatongerwe enyika vanosungirwa kupembedzwa, kuva ndivo vanopfumiswa nehupfumi hwenyika kwete kuti huve hupfumi hwevari muhurumende.
“Varimuhurumende vatumwa. Vari kunzi titungamirirei tive nezvinangwa zvekushandira nyika yedu zvinotipa hupfumi pahuzhinji hwedu isu vanhu. Kana pasina vatungamiri vanonzwa izvozvo zvino hatisi vatungamirika. Ko iyo hondo takaenda tichiti toda kuzvisunungura isu varwi vacho chete?
“Taiti toda kusunungura vazhinji vave nerusununguko, vave nenyika yavo, vave nevhu ravo. Naizvozvo, ichiri hondo iyoyi. Vanhu, hupfumi hunobva pasi.
“Asi hupfumi hwese huri pasi ndewe nyika . . . ndezvedu tose. Ndozvakarwira Kangai. The national cake should be distributed equally to benefit everyone regardless of whether the people come from an area that is rich in a particular resource or not.”
President Mugabe said Government will come up with a health policy that ensures that poor people are not turned away from health institutions for failing to pay for treatment.
“Hurwereka hunotora munhu dzimwe nguva. Munhu anogara muchipatara masvondo nemasvondo; haana mari yekubhadhara.
Tomuti bhadhara chete? Kana asina kubhadhara okandwa kunze? Aiwa. Haingave hurumende yevanhu yakadaro!
“Hatidi. Ngakuvei nemubhadharo unorerutsa. Hongu, hatingati munhu angabva auya maoko zvawo. Kana fundo yevana; inga takamboramba zviye kuti kuprimary regerai vafunde pachena. Hatingade kubhadharisa vanhu zvinotyora musana.
“Hupfumi hwese huri pasi ndewenyika. Kunoita dzimwe nzvimbo dzisina. Kumwe rongoita ivhu chete.”
Cde Mugabe described Cde Kangai as an honest person who dedicated his life to freeing Zimbabwe both during and after the liberation struggle.
He said it was through the dedication and selflessness of people like Cde Kangai that the country attained independence. The President said the death of Cde Kangai came as a shock as he had attended the last Politburo meeting with no signs of illness at all.
“We were with him in the last Politburo meeting where he made suggestions and we never noticed that he was not well. Perhaps some amongst us did, but I did not notice that. The meetings would go on into late hours and the following morning we were shocked that Kangai was no more.
“We heard he had a bath and suddenly fell and that fall was a fateful one. He was never to rise again. We could not believe that the person we were with the previous night at the Politburo meeting and the following morning was dead as if that meeting was to say: ‘Goodbye, you will not see me again. This is the last meeting I am attending.’’’
President Mugabe said it was people like Cde Kangai whose history in the liberation struggle was unquestioned who deserved to be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre.
He said some political parties that were clamouring for their own to also be laid to rest at the national shrine should realise the significance of the shrine.
“Inga takati zvuru zvakawanda wani. Ngavatsvagewo zvavo zvuru. Isu takatsvaga chedu, tikabhadhara paida kubhadharwa kuti tivige magamba edu. We told them that there are many places they can choose to bury their own heroes. This one is ours and we chose it and paid for it. Kwete kuti nezvitoto zvenyu moda kuzviisa pano. Kwete. Inzvimbo yevatsvene iyi.”
The President chronicled Cde Kangai’s history in the struggle and after independence in 1980.
“He was a hard worker, very correct, very honest and the days we stayed together in Mozambique, he proved to be a good leader up to our independence,’’ he said.