There is thus, greater need going forward, for a more symbiotic relationship between Party and Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies at the grassroots level. This will be essential to ensure that we deliver the promises we make to the people as the Party. Party members must be encouraged from the Cell, Branch, District and Provincial levels to become participators in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Government policies and programmes. This is indeed in line with the tenets of participatory democracy and governance, which the national Constitution exhorts us to encourage.
Furthermore the Party is fully aware that one of the major symptoms of our constrained economy is the lack of jobs. We must thus be seen to be practically empathising with the unemployed especially the youths, through concrete interventions both at Party and Government levels. Failure to which, all our mobilisation efforts may meet with indifference and cynicism. You may recall that my inauguration speech and directives to the new administration, gave uttermost most importance to this matter as needing urgent redress.
We will not be able to accomplish much for as long as our sense of Party work remains hidebound in the old template of looking at Zanu-PF as about politics, politics and politics alone. No more, its politics and economics.
Let us recognise that the best politics emerge from the market place where livelihoods are made.
The Central Committee must be at the centre of this new dynamic new era which must pervade all party work into the future.
Productivity across all sectors must be religiously encouraged, not only at a national level but at a disaggregated Ward, District, and Provincial level. I urge us all to think, sleep, dream and walk productivity. To this end, all our party members must be encouraged to do the same. Accordingly in today’s agenda we will receive a report from the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement on the state of our agricultural sector and the interventions that we have in store. The lessons and successes from Command Agriculture and the Presidential Inputs Scheme must embolden us to know that we can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges as a nation if we are disciplined, united, purposeful and hardworking.
We shall be briefed by our new minister Air Marshall Perrance Shiri.
Furthermore, communities and the Party membership must always be kept abreast of the opportunities availed through the various interventions, policies and programmes that Government will implement from time to time. Let us be a Party and leadership which has the people in mind, which puts the interests of the people we lead ahead of our own. In this regard let us shun corruption and temptations towards self-gain and self-interest. The corrupt tendencies that had in the recent past gripped our nation will not and cannot be allowed to continue.
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