Monday, November 05, 2012

Zimbabwe Vice President Mujuru Calls for Total Empowerment

Mujuru calls for total empowerment

Saturday, 03 November 2012 07:33
Herald Reporters

EMPOWERMENT of the majority of Zimbabweans calls for concerted effort from all sectors of the economy, Vice President Joice Mujuru has said.

Speaking at the Mupfure Self Help College graduation and prize giving day in Chegutu yesterday, VP Mujuru said all economic sectors should work together for total empowerment.

“The achievement of an empowered Zimbabwe calls for concerted effort from all sectors of our economy to join hands and face the challenges as a team,” she said.

Two hundred and thirteen students graduated with certificates in agriculture, brick and block laying, cosmetology, tourism and hospitality, clothing technology and motor mechanics, among others.

She said Government was committed to establishing an economy whose growth was anchored by all sectors of the economy.

“It is Government’s desire to establish an economy whose engine of growth is driven by both, established as well as the previously disadvantaged and excluded,” she said.

The Vice President said education was of mutual concern to the liberation movements of PF-Zapu and Zanu-PF. She said the educational programmes undertaken then for freedom fighters and refugees formed the pillars upon which Zimbabwe’s acclaimed education system was grounded.

“I wish to state that education was a key concern of both liberation movements before independence. Both movements (Zapu and Zanu) ran extensive and ambitious educational programmes in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia,” said VP Mujuru.

VP Mujuru urged authorities at the college to move and train students in gold and diamond processing.

“It is my desire that this institute commences training lucrative skills such as gold and diamond processing. Training in agriculture should have state-of-the-art technology and machinery,” she said.

Media, Information and Publicity Minister Cde Webster Shamu said there was a need to uphold unity for development and to constantly refer to the road the country had travelled.

The graduation ceremony was also attended by acting Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Ignatius Chombo, among other officials.

Meanwhile, University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Levy Nyagura urged people to respect the land and put it to maximum use.

Speaking at the 62nd graduation ceremony at Gwebi Agricultural College yesterday, Professor Nyagura said Zimbabweans should support agriculture to boost the country’s food reserves. He said it was important for the nation to promote the gains of the land reform programme.

“Let us make sure that those we are teaching about agriculture grow much closer to the land, for there lies everything, from minerals to crops and everything that will make Zimbabwe move forward.

“We want to support the position taken by the Head of State, who concentrated on expanding the education sector through increasing the number of tertiary institutions in the country,” he said.

He urged the graduates to help assume the responsibility of developing the country.

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