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The ruling party’s Sixth National Peoples Congress under the appropriately titled theme of “Accelerated Implementation of ZIM-ASSET” kicked off amid the uncertainty and tensions within the upper intra-party echelons of power and its prologue brought certainty and stability to the matter. The Vice Presidents, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cde Phelekezela Mphoko, have now been sworn in, the rogue ruling party elements have been disabled and replaced and now is the time to temporarily shelve the factional politics and start focusing on the economy.

The main thrust of the congress was to look at the state of the party, addressing the issue of factionalism which had been publicly and dangerously threatening to undermine the party. It also focused on the state of the country’s heavily compromised economy and looked at proposals to hasten the implementation of the Government’s Zim-Asset economic blueprint.

The ruling party’s First Secretary and the President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency President Mugabe, in his congress opening address was open and honest from the onset telling the delegates: “We have not done to you what we should have done some of us failed us and failed you.”

He was making reference to some of the party leadership who had naively taken it upon themselves to prioritise personal ambitions and agendas parallel to party objectives and national direction.

The National Congress has brought clarity and finality on the issue of factionalism which had been threatening to tear the ruling party apart from within. The instigators of the factionalism and the degeneracy were named and their clandestine and cabal overtures against the party were laid bare. Now that the pre-congress commotion and dust has settled it is back to basics.

It is the hope that President Mugabe’s steely message that drew deafening reactions when he made it clear that all those public official implicated in any palm-greasing will be dealt with according to the laws of the land will be followed by actual action.

The electorate is not interested in just words minus real action and the President was very clear when he said “all ministers, their deputies, chairmen and civil servants found to be guilty will lose their jobs and go to jail”.

This resonated well with the expectant electorate and all that is now left is execution. Now that the congress is over and done with and the ruling party’s realignment has been finalised the thrust now should be the country’s frail economy to address issues of unemployment, service delivery, budget deficit issues and infrastructure development as per the premises of the ZIM-ASSET economic blue- print.

The triumphant ruling party is currently the sole authority of the land with a resounding majority following the July 31, 2013 elections victory and should remain focused on governing in the national interests.

The subversive inter-party and intra-party cabal elements have been defeated and there should be no more excuses. The ideals of the liberation struggle and the ruling party must be brought back to the forefront ahead of personal and narrow-minded counter-revolutionary objectives for the sake of national trajectory.

As the President rightly puts it: “We are bound together by the fact of being Zimbabweans. That’s why we must be proud, take care of Zimbabwe, and build a fortress that prevents any intruders coming in without our permission. We have a responsibility to protect this land so that it never becomes a colony of those wanderers again.” This is a national economy that requires collective national spirit and intervention to harness positive outcomes.

The politics of the congress were dealt with decisively and no doubt that the outcome was one united ruling party with the specific function to revive the country’s battered economy. The mood and message throughout the congress was clear on the urgent need to implement ZIM-ASSET at the accelerated pace.

There were deliberations on the state of the economy and state of agriculture from which recommendations were drawn. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa highlighted Treasury’s difficulties in collecting revenue and the negative impact of the huge import deficit.

It is imperative that Government put into place measures to protect local industry from cheap and inessential imports.

The minister also encouraged the nation to develop a culture of saving for the future and a culture of paying back borrowed loans to ensure the viability of local banks.

The Government’s economic blueprint will yield positive results with effective implementation. The Infrastructure and Utilities clusters such as power generation, railway and road rehabilitation, dam construction, and irrigation schemes are critical in supporting the productive sectors of the economy.

The completion of the Hwange Thermal Power Station expansion which will generate an additional 600 megawatts into the national grid, the Gwayi-Shangani power plant will add 700 megawatts the Kariba Extension will add 1 000 megawatts and Makomo Resources an additional 600 megawatts.

Government is also encouraging investments into solar energy and wind power.

In the next few years once all the power generation projects are completed Zimbabwe will be exporting power to its regional partners.

The recurring theme of value addition and beneficiation continued throughout congress. The fact that the country is still exporting resources in their raw unprocessed form means that employment is in effect being exported as well and the country losing out. The general consensus is that focus should be on implementing fiscal corrective measures to restore investor confidence in Zimbabwe’s economy.

The realignment of the ruling party politics has far-reaching implications for the nation as a whole with the party’s 6th National Congress addressing the main sticking points that had been stalling progress. It is only a matter of time before people of Zimbabwe start reaping the fruits of this realignment.

Revolutions bear fruition on the back of successful and effective implementation of laid out programmes. The ruling party revolution rests firmly on the successful and accelerated implementation of ZIM-ASSET.

The ruling party has no choice, but to deliver on the election promises and cannot afford to take the foot off the pedal simply because of the impotent nature of the opposition politics.

The party has rid itself of counter-revolutionary coterie comrades and now is the time to refocus on getting the wheels of the economy turning again. — bernardbwoni.blogspot.com

Source : The Herald