Friday, April 25, 2014

‘Corruption Threatens Zim-Asset Implementation’
Republic of Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru.
April 25, 2014
Bulawayo Bureau
Zimbabwe Herald

Vice President Joice Mujuru has warned against corruption, saying it threatens the successful implementation of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset).

In a speech read on her behalf by Senior Minister of State in the President’s Office Simon Khaya Moyo on Wednesday at the Zimbabwe International Business Conference held concurrently with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo, VP Mujuru said there should be no room for corruption if the country was to develop.

The conference was themed “Technology and innovation: A key pillar for Zim-Asset successful implementation”.

VP Mujuru said there was a need for the country’s socio-economic framework to be flexible to accommodate ideas that add value to development efforts.

She said it was everyone’s duty to contribute and work hard to improve the country’s economy.

“There should be no room for corruption. Corruption destroys all efforts to improve the country’s economic title. I call upon everyone to be forthright and make a contribution to the building of this great country,” said VP Mujuru.

“Everyone can make a difference in improving the country’s economy. In operationalising Zim-Asset we need to invoke the spirit of hard work, honesty and righteousness.”

VP Mujuru said Government had brought to an end the awarding of exorbitant public sector packages.

Recently, Government directed that no one in the public sector should earn more than US$6 000 a month following media exposures of what is now being referred to as salarygate, where some executives at State-linked institutions were paying themselves up to US$500 000 monthly.

Turning to infrastructure, VP Mujuru said Government was aware of the energy deficit and in the short-term, the State was committing money to rehabilitation and maintenance of existing power infrastructure to achieve optimal performance.

“This has seen the country’s power stations increasing output to averages of 600 megawatts for Hwange, 750MW for Kariba and 100MW for the small thermal stations.

“Rehabilitation of the grid is also in progress with major equipment such as transformers and switchgear being renewed or replaced.

“This will minimise power losses and enhance security of supply,” said VP Mujuru.

She said Government was engaging regional and other co-operating partners, such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, for affordable working capital.

Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Eunice Nomthandazo Moyo said the country’s challenges, which included illegal Western sanctions, could only be addressed via clear and accurate interpretation and implementation of Zim-Asset.

“There is a definite need to innovate and utilise newer and more efficient technologies that will ensure compliance with the competitive global standards.

“I believe that this conference, which will serve as a pillar for Zim-Asset’s successful implementation will carry Bulawayo along, especially in the fields of technology and other innovative programmes as a revival of industries,” said Minister Moyo.

Present at the conference were the Chinese, US and Indian Ambassadors to Zimbabwe; Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha; his counterparts Walter Chidhakwa (Mines and Mining Development) and Sithembiso Nyoni (Small and Medium Enterprises Development) and captains of industry.

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