Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Reporter
The GOVERNMENT under the Second Republic adopted a development strategy driven by the need to modernize infrastructure and promote new investments that align with the country’s growth trajectory and Vision 2030, interim President Constantino Chiwenga said .
Officially opening the Sai Mart supermarket yesterday, Acting President Chiwenga said as part of the government’s efforts to achieve Vision 2030, business owners should build better infrastructure to replace facilities that had been destroyed during the violent January 2019 protests that rocked major cities across the country.
“At the same time, we are determined to create employment and decent jobs for the population.
I am pleased to be present for the unveiling of this grand facility, which aligns with the government’s overall growth trajectory,” the Acting President said.
“Under the Second Republic, the development strategy was guided by the need to constantly modernize infrastructure, to encourage new investments and new commercial developments.
The interim president said that under the Second Republic, no one and no place will be left behind in terms of development as the government continues to implement people-centered policies aimed at transforming the country into a revenue-generating economy. intermediate by 2030.
He urged the private sector to complement government efforts by investing in businesses that improve the lives of citizens.
“There is no doubt that we welcome the efforts of the private sector to complement the government’s efforts to improve the living standards of the people.”
Acting President Chiwenga said the recently opened Sai Mart supermarket in Bulawayo’s Entumbane suburb will improve home-based production and spur local businesses to unlock their business potential.
“I have no doubt that this shopping complex will be a lubricant that improves home production. Along the same lines, it will inspire local businesses and organizations to unlock their business potential,” he said.
Acting President Chiwenga said the city of Bulawayo, which has been hardest hit by the protests, lost around $20 million in inventory, equipment and property damage.
He said the rebuilding of infrastructure and the opening of the Sai Mart supermarket was born out of the galvanizing national maxim that “nyika inovakwa nevene vayo/ilizwe lakhiwa ngabaninilo”.
Acting Chairman Chiwenga said the landmark investment in Entumbane by Pin Tail Trading, an indigenous company, comes on top of other retail investments under their purview.
Sai Mart has outlets in Emakhandeni, Lobengula, Nketa 6 and Mountainview.
Pin Tail Trading employs nearly 500 people.
“These investments have undoubtedly expanded the distribution network for local industry with the drive to bring convenient shopping and reliable value-added services closer to our people,” Acting President Chiwenga said.
The Sai Mart supermarket is housed in a reconstructed building, which was one of the structures damaged during the violent January 2019 protests that rocked major cities and towns across the country.
In Bulawayo, marauding youths who were among the rioters sparked an orgy of violence, burning cars, property, looting shops and forcing schools to close.
They beat teachers and students during the three-day nationwide suspension called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and other opposition-aligned civil society organizations MDC-Alliance.
Protesters also attacked more than 30 police officers in Bulawayo, killing one and disrupting public life.
They burned tires and barricaded the streets with drums, carts and stones, forcing the police to fire tear gas.
Businesses lost property and property worth millions of dollars as violent protesters went on a looting spree and, in some cases, set buildings on fire.
Acting President Chiwenga said that following the tragic event, the government had played a leading role in bringing normalcy back to Bulawayo.
“An ad hoc interministerial committee on emergency relief for businesses and communities has been set up.
The committee established the nature of the assistance required for businesses to quickly recover and normalize the delivery of goods and services to communities affected by the violent protests,” he said.
This led to the creation of an emergency relief fund to provide low-interest loans to finance business recovery as well as the implementation of strategies to restore normalcy to affected communities.
Interim President Chiwenga has implored citizens to desist from acts of violence and riots, saying it hampers development and robs people of their livelihoods.— mashnets