Minister Pledges To Bring Investment To Zimbabwe

Speaking to journalists after being sworn in by President Robert Mugabe at the State House, Mashakada said he hoped to work towards making Zimbabwe, a top investment destination in the world.

Mashakada is also the deputy secretary general in Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party . He was sworn in alongside the new minister of State in Prime Minister’s office, Jameson Timba, the new deputy minister of Youth Tongai Matutu, new deputy minister of Justice, senator Obert Gutu and  the new deputy minister of Mines Gift Chimanikire.

Vice President Joice Mujuru, Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Ministers Arthur Mutambara and Thokozani Khupe were also present when the new ministers were sworn in.

“My vision is for national development strategic plan that is underpinned by pro-poor growth policies,” Mashakada said.

“The first step is a one stop shop for investors.A new investor should not take more than five days to set up shop here.As Zimbabwe we need to reach out in the far East, West and all over the world.”

Tsvangirai said on Thursday reforms in the inclusive government had been ‘painfully slow’ leading to the ordinary people losing confidence in the unity government formed a year and a half ago.

In his weekly newsletter to Zimbabweans, Tsvangirai said successes of the unity government were overshadowed by the challenges still faced by many people which included unemployment, poverty and  abuses of power in government.

“We still have many challenges and these frankly overshadow our successes to date.The pace of reform has been painfully slow. Abuses of power are still all too common,” Tsvangirai said.

“Many people are still struggling to make a living wage, and provide for their families.Infrastructure rehabilitation and ernegy supply continue to inhibit development.”

“I am acutely aware that these and other challenges have led to a loss of confidence in the new administration among you the electorate,”Tsvangirai said.

However, Tsvangirai said the unity government had seen the economy stabilise, introduction of new independent papers, the re-opening of schools and hospitals adding that the unity government presented the most practical means of moving the country forward.

He on Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet appointees in the unity government axing Energy minister, Elias Mudzuri, Housing minister, Fidelis Mhashu and Deputy minister of Youth, Thamsanqa Mahlangu.

Other changes included the reassignment of Theresa Makone as the new co-Home Affairs minister, replacing Giles Mutsekwa.