President ED is our Deng: Chinamasa

by | Oct 11, 2021 | Politics | 0 comments

Nevanji Nehoreka

Ruling ZANU PF Acting Political Commissar Cde Patrick Chinamasa has praised President Mnangagwa for the massive infrastructure projects his administration has been pursuing with purpose.

Cde Chinamasa said the development recorded in the country, since the birth of the second republic shows that President Mnangagwa is our equivalent of visionary Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

Deng Xiaoping was a Chinese revolutionary and statesman who served as the paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from December 1978 to November 1989.

After Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, Deng gradually rose to supreme power and led China through a series of far-reaching market-economy reforms, earning him the reputation as the “Architect of Modern China.”

Cde Chinamasa shared these remarks on his Twitter account last week after travelling to Masvingo from Harare via the Harare-Beitbridge road for a meeting with ZANU PF structures in the province.

The journey allowed him to experience the progress made on Masvingo road.
“Yours Truly travelled Harare to Masvingo to address our ZANU PF Masvingo Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC). I hadn’t been on that road for sometime. The discomforts of several detours aside, I was amazed at the progress made in the road’s reconstruction,” wrote Cde Chinamasa.

He went on to say, “As all of us now know, the Harare-Beitbridge road rehabilitation is being undertaken by local companies. 2 local companies Masimba Holdings & Fossil Construction are doing the Harare-Masvingo stretch,Bitumen World & another local company are doing the Masvingo-Beitbridge portion,” he added.
Cde Chinamasa said that the road equipment he saw along the road was state of the art.
While making these observations, Cde Chinamasa who has vast experience in government and party said he could not help reflect deeper on the Old and New Dispensations and to draw comparisons or more correctly define the major distinction between the two dispensations.
Cde Chinamasa said, “As one of those who served in the old order in different capacities firstly as Chairman of Senate Legal Committee (1985-1989), Attorney General (1989-2000), Minister of Justice Legal & Parliamentary Affairs & Leader of Government Business in Parliament (2000-2013), Minister of Finance & Economic Development (2013-2018) and Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation (for one month mid October-mid November 2017), I felt more than qualified to define what the distinction is.”

Cde. Chinamasa highlighted the distinction between old and new dispensation which is on implementation and monitoring.
He spoke of how, under the old dispensation, there were good policies all round but weak implementation.
“With weak implementation you can’t seriously talk of monitoring and evaluation. Under the new order we have better and innovative policies and more effective implementation (Ministries’ job), monitoring (Minister Joram Gumbo’s job) and evaluation. Clearly the developmental projects that are taking place across the length and breadth of our country reflect President Mnangagwa as a hands on man with all hands on the deck,” said Cde Chinamasa.
He said under the old dispensation, it was never conceived that local companies could do the Harare-Beitbridge road.
It was a project that had been designated to be foreign funded and undertaken by foreign contractors with the requirement that they subcontract local companies to supply concrete aggregate among other things.
He said the foreign companies which submitted bids were quoting US$4bn-US$6bn to do the job.
He praised the employment of local companies under the new dispensation of President Mnangagwa calling it a gem in innovation in that, it saves foreign currency and builds local capacity and expertise in road construction.

Cde Chinamasa said, “While all heavy road equipment that I saw is imported as well as no doubt the bitumen, the country should move quickly to develop local manufacturing capacity to produce bitumen as this will reduce our import bill in terms of road construction”
He said it was during his musings that his mind wandered across the great Indian Ocean and ended up in China.
Cde Chinamasa said; “While drawing comparisons between the two dispensations my mind wondered across the oceans to the People’s Republic of China and to the respective legacies of Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
The political path followed by Chairman Mao after their successful revolution in 1949 has close resemblance to the political path followed by President Mugabe.The developmental and economic transformational path followed by China under Deng has close resemblance to the developmental economic transformational trajectory being pursued by our President Cde ED Mnangagwa.”
He highlighted the economic leaps and bounces by China after the transformational leadership of Cde Deng. He mused, “China, 40 years after Deng took over the leadership, has lifted more than 800m of its population out of poverty. The leadership that succeeded Deng had their script written out and followed it to the letter and spirit emphasising the point that development is not an overnight event but a brick upon brick, stone upon stone approach and that to sustain it, continuity is key. Which is why come the 2023 Harmonised Elections, Zimbabwe should deliver 5 million votes for President ED Mnangagwa. The President must finish the good work that he has started.”

Cde Chinamasa said the realization of Vision 2030, will see Zimbabwe becoming a citadel of growth and development;
“Take it from me, by 2030 when the vision of our President is realised, Zimbabwe would be unrecognisable from what it is today. Which leads me to say where China had their Mao, we had our Mugabe and where China had their Deng, we have our Mnangagwa. Long live our President!”