Mujuru pleads with Diaspora

HARARE - Acting President Joice Mujuru yesterday conceded that the economy was on a downward spiral and appealed to Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to come back home and help government fix the problem.

Mujuru who is standing in for President Robert Mugabe, made the plea at the National Heroes Acre in Harare when she addressed mourners at the burial of Zanu PF Politburo member Stanley Urayayi Sakupwanya, who died at Parirenyatwa Hospital last week.

Mugabe was in Malawi to attend that country’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.

She said Zimbabweans who flocked abroad mainly to the United Kingdom and the Sadc region during the economic crisis of the last decade, should emulate Sakupwanya who despite working for a long time in exile, came back home after independence to help in national development.

Mujuru, who is the country’s Vice President said while the country’s road to economic recovery was an arduous one, there was need for patriotic Zimbabweans to remain resolute.

“I hope our children in the Diaspora will hear this message that they must not forget that Zimbabwe will always be Zimbabwe, it will always be home that we should always work to build. They must come and work to build the country.

“The economy may not be moving in the direction that some of us would have wanted but we are there to work for the people.” Mujuru said.

Mujuru said the liberation struggle needed cadres like Sakupwanya who gave themselves to serve and were dependable and trustworthy.

A medical doctor, Sakupwanya was described as a great foot soldier during the liberation struggle who worked with liberation icons such as Jason Ziyapapa Moyo until his death.

After independence in 1980, he was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army as a major and rose through the ranks to become lieutenant-colonel.

After retirement, he went into private practice before he was installed as Chief Sakupwanya and also became Zanu PF Nyanga South Senator from 2005 to last year.

Comments (25)

Change of policies as a start Amai is what is needed. Let us have a consultative forum that involves everyone to map the way forward. We are patriotic and love our country. Let us all put national interests first and good things will follow. Put corrupt leaders and all criminals in jail.

Lovejoy - 7 July 2014

yes the vice president if right, we must never forget home and should start supporting reconstruction, you can adopt another country but not your roots!!

keches - 7 July 2014

So Dydmus Mutasa was right mujuru To take over ngwena haalume.

nyakasikana - 7 July 2014

I concur. National dialogue is vital amai vedu. lets put this great nation first then individual interests later. takwara nokungogara. no jobs. please do something amai. We support you.

Shingi - 7 July 2014

The problem is not that people do not want to come back home. The problem is Mugabe ngaabve, togadzira hurumende yevanhu, tomutsa maindustry. Muchaona munhu anodzoka ega. Honai nyika haina mari asi inemadiamonds negold, fodya etc. Kana mukaregera kuba mukashandisa mari iyi to revive industry tinodzoka very soon. Hazvidi mharidzo izvi. Zvinoda kuita. See!

Hoko Ndamba Gogigo - 7 July 2014

Aaaah Amai kuvuuya kupizve ,hativuyiko isu kuhoitei ,tidziye maKenduru icho chando ichi kusina magetsi,Kuno diaspora zvirikufaya moto ,takatokutizai kare pamakatanga kuiuraya tofa nezhara Togodzoka chachinja chinyi,ndopatichadyanana here.Hatichina kujaira maPotholes futi nemvura yemunaMukuvisi yeGreen inobuda mumbombi Aaaah hativuyiko isu

Tatata PaDiaspora - 7 July 2014

What we need is a change of mind-set because changing policies alone is futile. Yes Zimbabwe will always be Zimbabwe but rulers and the ruled come and go.

TM - 7 July 2014

The diasporans will come running if ZANU PF become more serious & correct errors of their ways.What do you want from economic refugees??Of course there are highly skilled,experienced people in the diaspora but you tell them a lot of rubbish.What would they come to do in a dying economy??

MANATSAMUKANWA - 7 July 2014

Start with the President to the minister's, deputy minister's, permanent secretaries and ministry director's, generals and commissioners children who are financed by impoverished zim tax payers moneis to live opulent lifestyles abroad. If those came back that alone will be a big saving.

Lt General - 7 July 2014

Destroy all forms of corruption & arrest all the corrupt people irrespective of their political positions.The economy will thus start to perform & those in the diaspora will fly back into the country.

kufanechekuchera - 7 July 2014

Hongu, kuuya tinoda asi, where are the jobs and how can we create any under circumstatnces where our new-diaspora-homes have no faith in whta you are doing there ?? Our motherland seems to be attractive ONLY to high-risk FDI. Please get that into your head.

dhlembeu - 7 July 2014

Moda kubetsegwa kuvaka nyika, asi pakuba nekuparadza nyika ndiani wamakambokoka kuti huya utibetsere kuba kuno takonewa kuba toga zvawandisa? Munogwara fungwa imi! Ibvai kana kuti ifai seumwe wenyu uyo tigodzoka. Munhu unongozvionera woga kuti kwava kudzokeka kana kuti kuchakadhakwa. Hazvidi kuudzwa naMujuru izvi. Pakatiza tanga tamboudzwa newe?

Pondo nechumi - 7 July 2014

unonzwa kwaMarange zvichinji uko ndekwa Mai Mujuru. saka moda ku vanhu varikunze vadzoke koodii iyo nyika nema diamonds makagovana

LOvejoy - 7 July 2014

Hatiuyeko coz hamutidiko!

Rev. Com Council - 7 July 2014

Izvi hazvisi zvekungotaurawo parufu here izvi? Kana vaine idi Mai Mujuru ngavanyotso chironga ka ma programs anokwezva varikunze kuti vadzoke kwete kuzowedzera nhamba dzemarovha.

Reg MAp - 7 July 2014

Zim ini ndinoida bt ndiri ku South Africa. Mai Mujuru vari right but ivo nevamwe vavo veZANUPF ndivo vanokuyrudzira Mugabe kuti arambe aripo and at the end of it economy inwora zvayakaita izvi. kana Mugabe akabva nhasi, mangwaana makuseni ndiri mubhazi ndakananga kumusha becos i know our country is full of economic potential. The rot is with Mugabe first. Hapana panotrainiwa maPresident kureva kuti anyone whose mind is balanced and uphold the rule of law can be the Pres. Inzwi raamai tarinzwa bt she she is bend on treating the systems,ongorora uone chaita musoro uteme..

chakanaka mukuvaka - 7 July 2014

Diasporians were denied to vote but now you are calling them to come home. Why? Enjoy the country and rule the roost hopefully things will come round as Makandiwa alluded to not so long ago at the national stadium. It requires patience not the diaspora ambuya

Ngwenaz - 7 July 2014

So is that what is ailing Zimbabwe? I that it? People just need to come back home and things wll be hunky-dory? I wonder? Will those returning people have jobs waiting for them? Will their children have clean water, decent education and health care? Some will say we must not look to govt to provide for us we must provide for ourselves but i believe govt should facilitate an environment conducive to growth and economic stability. This is what Zanu PF doesn't want to hear but govt is not involved in wealth creation actively participating in money generating projects. Govt should facilitate and then get their corporate and PAYE share. So build the roads, pass the laws, give us electricity, roads, water, housing and most importantly security of person and property and you will see how we flock back. This is no hard feat to pull. The countries that propser know that their prosperity is linked to certain factors. The problem with Zanu is you want it all. Bambazonke/Shayisano. You are in govt, you are in politburo, you are in judiciary, in the forces, in business, in media, in entertainment and everywhere else. It will not function unless you are involved. Ask Strive what the terms were for him to get a telecoms licence from a certain posts and telecoms minister in the 90's. We were not born yesterday...todzoka zvanaka. nakisai zvunhu muone kudzoka kwatinoita. Moda tidzoke kuzodii?

freedom senga - 7 July 2014

The only reason she wants the people in the diaspora to return is so that they can bankroll the ZimAsset and fill the gap left by investors who have shied away from the country. Meanwhile the regime can continue in its corrupt ways! She really does not have any idea as to real causes of the economic meltdown and much less what should be done to end the meltdown! As long as Zanu PF remains in power the economic meltdown will continue because there are no Zimbabweans in the diaspora with sack loads of cash and if there were none of them would be stupid enough to invest in a doomed Zanu PF led economy. All she is interested in is for her to be president. What she has not failed to learn is that the years of Zanu PF imposed rule are over! The only way out of this mess is for Zanu PF to resign so an interim administration can be appointed to implement all the democratic reforms and prepare for free and fair elections. There is no way out

Wilbert Mukori - 7 July 2014

I only come there when she is dead. She is a buffon that protects corrupt people. She can go to hell and satan that I say hello.

Parks Papindanyoka - 8 July 2014

Mhai,makairasa pamakachema chema muchiti vanhu venyu vecorruption vasaburutswe.The international world at large knows that Zimbabwe is a bottomless pit. Don't waste time calling for the return of the people you rejected & denigrate everyday. No help will come your way.

MAKAIRASA - 8 July 2014

It is encouraging to hear appeals of this nature. Home is best. Given the right environment, many diasporans would either settle or contribute in some reasonable way to the development of our economy. What is disheartening is to see a leadership that spends its wealth on european luxury. Kuuya kuno kuzotenga rolls royce kutobatsira hurumende dzamunoita semunovenga. Isu toshanda mari totumira kumusha imi moidzosa zvekuno creating shortages- no hazvibatsire. If you are serious, we will certainly invest in our mother land.

taurai - 8 July 2014

Debate neni mai ava ndinovabvarura vakaresigna hu VP.its only kuti zvinotyisa kuku challenjai coz munozonditumira vanhu venyu vakandiuraya .otheryz u spend most of your time mumbling rheteoric rubbish. I wish you could turnbek your time to one certain individual you tried to destroy yet you want us to come and do nothing in Zim ,same fanana with wat u did.you want us and our families to suffer in Zim haaa nxaaaa.....

machikichori - 8 July 2014

Indeed we want to come home,but what am I going to invest in ,inorder to sustain a living.Within a few months all my savings will be gone will trying to settle down.No industry to think of because there is no electricity.I can't imagine being a cross border doing buying and selling staff just to keep my body and soul together.If the political climate is conducive ,you will be surprised how may zimbos will touch down at Harare International Airport just to come and invest and kuzodya finance yavo in peace.By the way what are you guys going to do about Obert Mpofu?Quite a litmus test

chimuti - 8 July 2014

Sakupwanya came back to a land of milk and honey. We can not come back to such glaring poverty and hardship wrought to our beloved country by you Mujuru and your ZANU PF. In fact you seem to conttadict with Kembo Mohadi who I understand said the 250000 of us in South Africa should stay here beacuse we cant be accommodated back home. How many governments are in Zimbabwe real?

Confusion - 8 July 2014

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