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We Appreciate President Mnangagwa’s Role In Reviving The Economy – MDC Mayor

22 September 2021

Opposition MDC-T Mayor for Mutare, Blessing Tandi, last week, said he appreciated the role played by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to restore confidence in the economy.

Tandi crossed ditched the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa and joined MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora after he was threatened with a recall in March last year.

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MDC sources say Tandi was spared the chop after apologising for being associated with Chamisa.

While addressing delegates who attended the inaugural State of THE City Address at Mutare Hall on Tuesday, Tandi said:

At the national level, we would like to appreciate the role played by our President H.E Emmerson Mnangagwa, and his team of men and women who are working to restore confidence in the economy.

We want to appreciate the extended olive branch which came in the form of devolution grants that have assisted us to roll our developmental projects. We received some funds for the renovation of Mutare Infectious Hospital courtesy of devolution funds and work has not been completed.

In line with the Second Republic mantra, Zimbabwe is Open for Business, the city of Mutare is Open for Business, the City of Mutare started to adopt the ease of doing business reforms in 2018.Major achievements include the reduced timeframe in approval of licences.

Tandi's remarks are a clear departure from those he made while speaking during a Mutare Constituency Indaba on Auditor General’s 2019 Audit report which was convened by The Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) recently. He said back then:

To me it is more of decentralization than devolution of power. As we speak no local authority has devolved. Devolution may not come in as we think that probably there will be more powers to the provincial government or local authorities.

Tandi's recent remarks surprised observers with a local resident James Marukutira of Sakubva saying it was unheard of for an opposition figure to sell the manifesto of a ruling party.

MDC Alliance spokesperson for Manicaland province David Panganayi said Tandi was singing for his supper after Local government minister July Moyo stopped his imminent recall.

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