MASVINGO (ZIMBABWE)- Masvingo Province had reacted to the presidency of Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa who was sworn in last week.
Mnangagwa was appointed and endorsed by the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) as an ideal replacement for Robert Mugabe, a few days after firing the former veteran leader from the party.
He (Mnangagwa) has taken over after the official inauguration last Friday with a string of tasks ahead of him.
The people of Masvingo, a province regarded as a stronghold of ZANU-PF have voiced their concerns on what they think the president should focus if change is to be achieved as needed by the citizens.
A member of opposition party who spoke to The New Day Online says, re-engagement with the international community can be one of the vital steps towards uplifting the country’s ailing economy.
“I think re-engagement with the international community is a positive move. If we are saying we should work with the international community we are not saying Zimbabwe should be given back to our colonial masters, we simply need countries which are willing to work with us and invest in the country,” he said.
“Another point of concern is free, fair and credible elections. Mnangagwa should know that this is one of the key factors that make democracy flourish. Transparent and fair elections are a resemblance of true democracy,” added the source.
Takavafira Zhou, a political analyst and member of parliament from Mberengwa said Mnangagwa should now embrace corporate governance and above all observe local processing of natural resources than siphoning them out of the country.
“There is need for corporate governance, transparency, accountability and equity. We also need to check high profile corruption that has become routine rather than episodic. Above all, we should value and observe corporate governance and local processing of our natural resources rather than plundering and siphoning of raw materials from Zimbabwe to developed countries,” he said.
A group of university graduates who spoke to The New Day Online on condition of anonymity said, the most dire situation which the president should prioritize is the creation of employment opportunities which according to them can be done through reviving the industries which were hit by economic meltdown for decades.