Zimbabweans should thank Zuma — MDC-T

Posted on May 7, 2012 | Category: Politics; Business, Sport



Zimbabweans should be grateful to South African President Jacob Zuma for ensuring the country enjoys political and economic stability through his mediation efforts, MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti has said.
Interviewed after addressing a rally in Mabvuku, Biti, who is also Finance minister, said Zuma was critical in stabilising Zimbabwe’s political and economic atmosphere.

“Our key message was to thank President Zuma on what he has done for this country like ensuring there is no violence in the next election,” said Biti.

“President Zuma is the midwife of the new Zimbabwe and also of what people expect in the new Zimbabwe, good education, a new constitution, a new contract,” Biti said.

He said South Africa was an important trading partner for the country since the bulk of Zimbabwe’s trade was with the Southern African giant.

“Fifty percent of our trade was with South Africa. They have provided money for Agribank, their own banks have also given us money for our own banks,” he said.

“South Africa has provided us money — $30 million last year and $30 million this year. South Africa has also provided us funding for our roads through DBSA (Development Bank of South Africa) — $265 million for Plumtree Road and $1 billion for the Chirundu-Harare Road.”

Also present at the rally was MDC-T Harare provincial spokesperson Obert Gutu, who said:

“We are targeting 1 million votes from Harare Province for (MDC-T leader) Morgan Tsvangirai in the next election. We are mobilising voter registration and we are also encouraging the youths to register. We are just saying one million votes and these should be the minimum, not the maximum.”

Gutu added: “People still have fear, our rallies have often been disturbed, but we are happy that this time people were not scared to come. We also want to thank the police for allowing us to hold this rally.”

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