Foreigners Trying To Lecture Us On How To Manage Our Resources: ED
Addressing thousands of St Noah Taguta-led Johanne Marange followers at Mafararikwa Village in Bocha during their Passover ceremony yesterday, the President said Zimbabwe was endowed with bountiful resources, including wildlife, and has the sovereign right to determine how they are managed.
He was attending the event for the second year running since he assumed power.
“You are supposed to work hard at family level and in your areas and when such efforts extend to the national level our country prospers,” he said.
“We had a United Nations meeting recently (AU-UN Wildlife Economy Summit held in Victoria Falls) where leaders from other countries tried to lecture us on how to manage our wildlife. Vakadya mhuka dzavo dzikapera.
Zvose zvavakapihwa naMwari havachina. Ndokuchiuya kuno kuzoti lecture nezveshumba, nenzou, nenyathi, voda kutipa mitemo hanzi musadayi musadayi. Dzenyu dzakaendepi?” he said.
President Mnangagwa said he told the foreigners to mind their own business.
“Saka ndakavati dzokerai kwenyu, dzedu takapihwa naMwari tichadzitonga sokuda kwedu,” he added.
Zimbabwe, the President said, was God-given and it was up to her people to determine how they manage their resources in unity. He urged churches to preach the gospel of love and respect. Only God appoints national leaders and without his endorsement and blessings, such onerous responsibility is denied, he said.
The Head of State and Government reiterated his commitment to servant leadership and pledged to listen to people’s grievances.
“Leadership comes from God. No one gets such responsibility against God’s will, but once chosen to lead one must serve the people and not oppress them merely because God has favoured them to lead. . . I will be your servant and I will listen to all your grievances.”
Senior Government officials who attended the ceremony include Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Labour and Social Welfare Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza.