By Shadreck Gurenje
The Second Republic under the leadership of President E.D Mnangagwa has demonstrated a high level of resilience and endurance as it manages to strike an equilibrium balance between disaster management and visible progress towards the attainment of Vision 2030.
This year as the nation worked to accelerate progress in implementing various economic development projects unexpected natural disasters such as drought, Cyclone Idai and Covid-19 pandemic erupted as if to hinder progress on the several government initiatives.
Against this background, President Mnangagwa has rolled out robust measures to mitigate some of the challenges facing the ordinary citizens and the economy.
President Mnangagwa declared the El Nino-induced 2018/19 farming season drought a State of National Disaster. Early this year again, as the nation faced another drought, President Mnangagwa addressing foreign diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe, assured the nation and international community that there will be no politicization of food hand-outs as the government brings relief to the people of Zimbabwe.
He also said government had achieved most of the set targets under its Transitional Stabilization Program, successive droughts and the effects of Tropical Cyclone Idai in 2019 had eroded some of the successes.
"Our immediate priority is to guarantee food security for our people. There shall be no politicization of food distribution," said President Mnangagwa.
In response to the Cyclone Idai victims President Mnangagwa reiterated that efforts should be committed to rebuilding the damaged infrastructure.
He said the nation had learnt lessons from the disaster which called for broad national housing policy that takes safety issues into consideration.
“Once we have stabilized the situation, we must immediately embark on the onerous task of repairing broken lives and communities,” said President Mnangagwa.
Tropical Cyclone Idai has seen Zimbabweans burying their differences and unite under President Mnangagwa leadership as they fund raise and collect goods to help victims of the deadly storm in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. Government has disbursed $50 million towards the disaster.
Looking beyond the Covid-19 pandemic the Vision 2030 will see Zimbabwe reaching middle income status within the next decade, the need for unity, investment and production, the need for all to work together effectively, the need for all parts of Zimbabwe to move forward together and for everyone to contribute to national growth and to benefit from that growth.