Mnangagwa’s SONA Failed To Address Key Issues – Mwonzora
8 October 2021
Opposition MDC-T leader, Douglas Mwonzora has said President Emmerson Mnangagwa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered on Thursday failed to address key issues affecting Zimbabwe.
Mnangagwa delivered the SONA and officially opened a new session of Parliament virtually from the State House. He claimed:
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My administration is buoyed by the upward growth trajectory of our economy.
This year’s projections indicate over 7.8% economic growth. The higher predictions are premised on the good 2020/21 agricultural season; firm international mineral commodity prices, stable inflation and exchange rate as well as the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The financial sector is stable with the foreign currency auction performing well and accessed by both large and small-to-medium size businesses. Going forward, my government will ensure that the platform is adequately resourced and that the relevant authorities enhance efficiencies within the system.
Mnangagwa said the higher predictions of economic growth were premised on the good 2020/21 agricultural season, stable inflation and exchange rate, and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The address did not impress Mwonzora who told the Upper House that Mnangagwa’s SONA had many shortcomings and failed to address issues affecting the people. He said:
He did not speak on issues of corruption. Zimbabwe is losing about US$3 billion per year because of illicit financial flows.
We did not hear that in his address. We want the Zimbabwean government to make sure that all law enforcement organs and other organs that are tasked to fight corruption do so. We did not hear about electoral reforms.
Thokozani Khupe (MDC-T proportional representation MP) said Mnangagwa failed to address unemployment. She also bemoaned the slow pace at which the government was aligning laws to the Constitution.
MDC senator Morgen Komichi echoed Mwonzora's remarks saying Mnangagwa's SONA did not address the issue of people’s living standards affected by the high cost of living, price increases, and salaries that have been eroded by inflation, as well as issues of the suffering civil servants.