Mugabe jolted into action

via Mugabe jolted into action – NewsDay Zimbabwe August 21, 2015 by Obey Manayiti

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will on Tuesday deliver a state of the nation address in Parliament amid pressure for his government to halt the economic crisis that is spiralling out of control.

Mugabe’s last state of the nation address was delivered at the height of hyper-inflation in 2007 when the Zimbabwe dollar crashed to record lows while inflation figures shot through the roof.

Harare West MP Jessie Majome (MDC-T) prodded Mugabe to act when she recently told Parliament that Section 140 of the Constitution compelled the President to address a joint sitting of the Houses to give a state of the nation address.

Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda yesterday confirmed Mugabe’s address on Tuesday.

“It’s true, there will be a national address by His Excellency in a joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday 26th. The President is the one who is addressing and I don’t know the context of his speech,” Chokuda said.

Political analyst Ibbo Mandaza said the address should focus on issues like the economy, political situation and the labour issue, among others. He, however, warned that the country should not expect too much from Mugabe’s speech.

Political analyst Takura Zhangazha said focus should be on real issues and Mugabe must avoid turning it into mere routine rhetoric.

“The President should ideally focus on issues to do with the poor state of the national economy in relation to job creation, social service provision, the imminent food shortage due to poor harvests of the last agricultural season and making the Constitution democratically meaningful,” Zhangazha said.

MDC-T chief whip Innocent Gonese said Mugabe’s speech should focus on the failing economy and the ongoing job cuts, among other burning issues.

“It’s a provision of the Constitution that the President should come and give a state of the nation address,” Gonese said.
MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu challenged Mugabe to use the occasion to publicly admit his Zanu PF government’s failure to address the worsening economic crisis.

“As the country’s largest and most popular political party, the MDC expects Robert Mugabe to own up and accept that the wheels of the economy have virtually come off in Zimbabwe,” Gutu said.

“We expect him to take note of the unprecedented dismissal of thousands of employees as a result of the Supreme Court judgment of July 15, 2015.

Zanu PF national spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo could not be reached for comment.


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    Jono Austin 7 years ago

    At last. He will inform the Nation as to the progress in creating 2 million new jobs as he promised. Without doubt the employment situation is improving and the country is showing massive positive growth. GDP is up 10% on the back of the incredible success of the agrarian revolution and there is massive FDI inflowing. This is the country to do business!

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    the old man will ramble on about the liberation struggle and the perfidy of the british.

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    R Judd 7 years ago

    More hot air from Mugabe should not be confused with necessary action

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    aminab 7 years ago

    On this state of the nation may his excellence touch on the following
    1. When will Zimbabwe be a democratic state, respecting human rights, its laws and the constitution.
    2. When will Zimbabwe have a new president like other countries which have changes 3 or more times since 1980. South Africa, Mozambique,Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and DRC
    3. When will there be accommodation for all, 2000 is past already
    4. When will there be health for all, 2015 is almost gone
    5. When will Zimbabwe have new Army general, Chief of Police, CIO and Prison, all these guys have exceeded their constitutional reappointment
    6. when will there be water in the pipes since he was said water for all in 2000.
    7. When will there be roads to cater for the increased number of cars though the cars are being dumped by Japan.
    8. When will the 2000 0000 jobs be created
    9. When will land invasion stop since so far there has been no progress since 2000
    10. When will Zimbabwe have its on government not the one put in place by Nikuv and the Security forces
    11. When will Zimbabwe a self elected leader not one who impose himself because he fought the war and has so far lost elections since 1995
    12. When Zimbabwe be proud of its own currency like the days of Smith Regime, $10 was equal to the GB10 UK

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    Tha Nation . . . she is buggahd

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    Mugabe is still respected as an old man and he still makes very interesting bombastic speeches that are applauded for their entertainment value and which are full of sound and fury but signifying precious little at the level of policy and action quoting one politician.