HARARE-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the overwhelming victory of the ruling ZANU PF party in Zimbabwe's July 30 general election is proof of the confidence Zimbabweans have in the party's policies and programmes and that work should begin in earnest to transform those ideas into reality.

Zanu PF won a two thirds majority in Parliament, while its Mnanagagwa was declared the winner of the presidential segment of the polls. His victory is, however, being challenged in court by his closest rival, Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance.

Addressing mourners at the burial of national heroine Thokozile Mathuthu at the National Heroes Acre here Sunday, the President said Government would work hard to improve the lives of citizens.

The late Amai Mathuthu has left us at a time when the party has just secured a fresh mandate, the more than two thirds majority is a loud show of support and confidence from the people, he said. Drawing inspiration from the collective hope and dreams of all our people, we will as government work tirelessly in the Second Republic of our country to improve the lives of all our citizens in every part of the country.

President Mnangagwa said Government would adopt several strategies to improve the economy in order to achieve middle income status by 2030. The government would prioritise the creation of decent jobs as well as ensuring broad based empowerment.

Principally my government has taken a decision to implement the constitutional requirements of devolving and decentralising the running of our national affairs. This is one of the strategies to rebuild our economy, for modernization and industrialization, he said.

In line with our Vision 2030, we have a special place for the country's youths and women who deserve a better life and increased opportunities in our country; they must therefore take this programme of devolved economic development as specifically meant for them.