The Sunday Mail
THE illegal sanctions that were imposed on the country by the West did not take away the intelligence of Zimbabweans who continue to come up with sound policies for economic transformation, Vice-President Joice Mujuru has said.
She said this while addressing scores of women who gathered at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic in Gwanda yesterday for a Zanu-PF Women’s League Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation (Zim Asset) conference.
“Sanctions did not take away our brains, no! We are a gifted lot in Zimbabwe as we are hard workers and not beggars. We work hard for our nation to grow,” she said.
“I am here to talk about Zim Asset as we are striving to build a stronger Zimbabwe where wealth is distributed evenly among the people.
“Each one of us lost a relative in the liberation struggle and as such we have to enjoy the fruit of their labour by distributing wealth to every Zimbabwean,” she said.
She said Zanu-PF cannot talk about love for the people if it does not speak about empowering civil servants who have long been complaining about meagre salaries. She said Government wants to see members of the civil service enjoy good salaries that come from the country’s abundant natural resources.
“We have to start with the low hanging fruits; the people have to be fed. As you have seen, the President has given you seed and fertilisers and the rains also fell. So, people have to be fed adequately before we hurry to other things. Government also assists when there is a drought,” she said.
The Vice-President said it is also vital to harness the intellect of all Zimbabweans to ensure national development.
She said it was important for farmers to be educated in business to ensure their sustenance.
She added that Cabinet ministers should actively work to help alleviate poverty.
“Ministers should not be chair warmers; they should go out to the people and assist them with their knowledge so that people come out of poverty.
“This is the reason I am chasing them out of the office to go to the ground and help you help yourselves.
“Minister Joseph Made should come here and tell you how you can do sustainable farming which brings money into the economy.”