By Wellington Makonese
The ruling ZANU PF party’s diaspora chapter has commended the Second Republic for successfully initiating the engagement and re-engagement agenda which has seen the once hostile nations warming up to the country.
ZANU PF first secretary and President Emmerson Mnangagwa met the party structures in the diaspora on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this Saturday with members attesting to the positive strides taken by the second republic in ending years of isolation.
While luring foreign investors is key, President Mnangagwa spoke volumes of the need for the locals to devote themselves to building the nation in the spirit of Nyika inovakwa ne vene vayo.
“We had three students at UZ who decided to produce and we gave them places to commercialise products. I’m happy that you as well have not forgotten that you are from Zimbabwe. Let’s all work in building our nation because the nation can only be built by its own people,” he said.
He took the members down memory lane on the relationship between the masses and the party during the struggle stressing the need for continued support for the revolutionary ideals.
“The difference between us and other parties is that we have the zeal and trust that we build this nation, not like what we heard, saying if I come into power in 5 years, the foreigners will be flooded. Those who want to assist us can only do so on our terms,” said the President.
The ruling party’s leadership in Canada spoke volumes of the significance of the engagement and re-engagement drive and the swift impact of the party’s progressive projects, while also pledging to invest back home.
“You walk the talk on engaging even the opposition parties on the discussion table. We have seen Western countries coming back to the drawing board politically and economically, for example, the United States of America inviting you to a summit in December. We have seen your interventions to Mozambique for peace, you have also seen developments such roads, and Parliament, Gwayi Shangani… We understand the role you are playing. As the diaspora community we are ready to invest in our land and other areas,” noted Cde Regis Vasungo, chairperson for ZANU PF Canada.
Under the Second Republic, Zimbabwe has adopted a friend to all enemy to none approach that has seen several nations re-engaging.
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