Media, telecommunications, retail and real estate mogul, Dr James Makamba, has praised the Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa led government for championing robust developmental policies and projects aimed at bettering livelihoods.

Speaking in a wide ranging interview, Makamba gave out that the Second Republic had done well in crafting Vision 2030 and embarking on National Development Strategy One (NDS1). “Mnangagwa is a visionary, and by underpinning Zimbabwe’s economic prospects on mining, agriculture, tourism and telecommunications, Vision 2030 is attainable”, said Makamba.

Vision 2030 seeks to turn Zimbabwe into an upper middle-class economy by 2030.

According to Makamba, while Vision 2030 expressed broader issues, Mnangagwa was doing very well in providing local solutions to local challenges. In particular, Makamba mentioned Karanda Bridge in Mt Darwin District, Mashonaland Province, which Mnangagwa officially opened recently.

When Mnangagwa opened the bridge, the event attracted the ire of Zimbabweans on Twitter, who criticized the president for wasting time officiating low-value and low-quality projects.

However, Makamba gave out that the Second Republic had excellently conducted the official opening of the 180 meters Karanda Bridge to launch Government’s Emergency Road Rehabilitation Program 2(ERRP2). “Critically too, Government had fulfilled the wishes of locals residing in the area, by providing a much needed bridge, massively reducing the distance from Bindura to Mt Darwin using Rushinga Road,” Makamba observed.

Turning to Government’s much touted devolution programme, Makamba gave out that the Second Republic was promoting effective and efficient exploitation of local resources for the benefit of locals. “Take my home province, Mashonaland Central Province, for example, now the local people have a significant, direct say in how their mining, agriculture and touristic natural resources can be exploited and profits used.”

Makamba, however, cautioned that devolution will also entail ensuring that the proposed Provincial Councils are filled with persons who possess the requisite business acumen and grounding in economics. He added, “At his inauguration, Mnangagwa preached that Economics is the new Politics. As such, future development as per Vision 2030, will depend on a culture to pursue economic development.” Central Government would then provide oversight.

Mashonaland Central Province has some of the most fertile agrarian land and is home to some of the most expansive mineral deposits.

Asked what role he envisioned for himself going forward, Makamba, who is a former legislator and Local Authority Board Chairperson, stated that he came back in 2017 as a response to Mnangagwa’s call for all Zimbabweans in the diaspora to come back home to help develop Zimbabwe. “I believe in President Mnangwagwa’s vision for Zimbabwe. Any right thinking Zimbabwean should deploy skills and personal resources to help revive Zimbabwe’s economic fortunes”.

He furthered, “Just like in the liberation struggle, we need to suspend personal interest, work together and contribute positively to the future of our Zimbabwe.”

Responding to media speculation that he is eyeing the ZANU PF Mashonaland Central Provincial Chairmanship post, Makamba curtly retorted, “I am happy you call it speculation, because it remains that. I am a ZANU PF member and stand guided by party principles on that. As of now, there is no vacancy, and the party leadership has not expressed itself on that matter. Right now the party is focused on restructuring and recruiting new members. That is, rightly, the focus.”

“I came back to Zimbabwe to play a meaningful role in development and business, to revive my business empire. Political office is assigned by the party leadership and the grassroots, as and when vacancies occur. That is the core of servant-leadership.”

Added Makamba, “I am a son of the Province. I was born and bred here. This is the land that gave me life, nurtured me, fed me and to date, shelters me. The least I can do is to work, in my small way, to give back to it.”

Meanwhile, Makamba is rehabilitating his “Blue Ridge” chain of supermarkets, which in the past employed over three hundred people, mostly from Mashonaland Central Province.

“We are happy with the Government’s efforts to give back our empire so that we can start operating. We want to revamp Blue Ridge to ensure it comes back to its glorious days. We want to create employment for the people in Mashonaland Central and Zimbabwe at large. The people will enjoy the best while passing through the complex.”

He, nevertheless, noted that Covid19 related lockdown had slowed down rehabilitation efforts.

As a parting short, Makamba emphasised that Zimbabwe’s economic wellbeing rested with ZANU PF, as did war of liberation. He declared, “My ambition has always been to work in a coordinated way with others, to uplift our communities;and as with the war of liberation, our party, ZANU PF, is pivotal to that.”
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In a move revitalise urban transport networks, the Zimbabwean Government has with immediate effect, embarked on an ambitious but necessary programme to rehabilitate urban transport infrastructure and logistics systems, while enhancing enforcement.

Presenting the Report of the Ad-Hoc Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Elimination of Congestion and Installation of Proper Lighting in the Country’s Urban Areas to Cabinet, Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honourable July Moyo, noted that Government introduced the programme to ensure that the mismanagement and corruption of non-performing local authorities, especially in urban areas, which spawned glaring neglect of service delivery and dilapidation of infrastructure is brought to an end.

Most urban local authorities in Zimbabwe are run by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, which for some time now appears overawed by the task of managing and providing efficient and effective service to residents.

Moyo added that Government will provide finances, monitor and supervise the collection and utilization of revenues by Local Authorities.

Apparently, the said local authorities have routinely failed to collect the required revenue from the dissatisfied residents.

Key projects will include upgrading of the Highglen/Gleneagles Roundabout, Kuwadzana Roundabout and Warren Park D Roundabout. Moyo reported that the relevant contracts have been awarded and delivery of material should be complete by 15 June 2021.

Regarding the repair and upgrading of traffic lights on major junctions, Cabinet noted that a total of nine traffic lights along Samora Machel will be synchronised, with five having already been done and now operational. These are at the intersections of Samora Machel Avenue with the following roads: Bishop Gaul; Rekayi Tangwena; Rotten Row; and Chinhoyi Street.

Two junctions, that is, Borrowdale Road/Crow Hill and Harare Drive/Kirkman Drive have completed and are set for commissioning.

In a related development, all carriageway markings for roads and parking bays, including reserved public transport lanes, in the Harare Central Business District are expected to be complete by 30 June 2021, with City Council procuring paint for the markings and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development providing the funding under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme. Construction of road kerbs and jersey barriers has been completed at the corner of Rotten Row/Robert Mugabe intersection, while construction is underway at the Rotten Row/Jason Moyo intersection.

Observers have opined that Harare City Council in particular, has failed to deliver service to residents due to a combination of reasons, inclusive of rampant corruption and ineptitude on the part of elected officials and senior Council employees. Residents have embraced Government’s intervention following years of poor service by Council.

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Meet the 78 years old High school graduate Ted Sams...

It was a joyfull moment for Ted Sams (78) and his family when he finally walked on stage to receive his high school diploma sixty years after he missed his 1962 graduation because of some teenage mischief and $4.80 (E3.40) overdue library fine he owed at his former school.

During his high school days, Ted and a friend were in a photography class when they were caught by the vice principal for photographing people without their consent and Ted was later suspended, leading to him missing the final exam and graduation. While he tried keeping up with his studies by attending summer school, Ted then found that he couldn't get his diploma because of the overdue library fine book.

“So I just walked away from it and said, 'Forget it',” he says.

In 2022, after much persuasion from his family Ted joined San Gabriel California High school in Los Angeles and got his high school diploma

Sams says he never expected to be back in high school 60 years later after he dropped out. He recounted how he would repeatedly complain to his children how a meagre $4.80 kept him from having a degree.

His daughter Sherry then suprised him by asking San Gabriel High in Los Angeles for a reprint of his diploma so he can attend graduation.

Luckily for him, the school hasn't thrown away the diploma and It was kept in a box, in senior archives.

In 27 May, Ted received an invitation from the school to be part of the graduation ceremony. The ceremony was attended by his wife and five children.

Even though it has been a long hard road, Ted says attaining his diploma has been a great achievement for him and the graduation was one of the highlights of his life.

“Actually, when he walked and got his diploma, every person on that stage hugged him and then the whole class applauded for him,” Sherry says.

Although the $4.80 fine hasn't been paid, Ted is now a graduate of San Gabriel High School's class of 2022.

Source: News24

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