What the Herald said when the farm mechanization programme was commissioned in June 2007

What the Herald said when the farm mechanization programme was commissioned in June 2007

Reports say Alex Magaisa of the Big Saturday Read who recently wrote an expose on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe farm mechanisation programme is to square off with former central bank governor Gideon Gono tomorrow on ZTN on a show entitled “Revisiting The Farm Mechanisation Programme of 2007/8”.

Magaisa has had his say. Gono had his say. ZANU-PF had its say. The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition also had its say.

The Insider decided to look back and here is what the Herald said when the equipment was commissioned:

President Reaches Out to MDC
by Itai Musengeyi and Fortious Nhambura

June 12, 2007

Leading MDC officials were yesterday among the first beneficiaries of the farm mechanisation programme as President Mugabe once again reached out to the opposition to work with Government on matters of national interest.

Acknowledging the presence of MDC Senators and Members of the House Assembly at the commissioning of the agricultural equipment, Cde Mugabe said such events should unite Government and the opposition despite their political differences.

“It’s a national event . . . that realisation is important that there must be occasions when we must be together. After all, we eat together. Nyaya yekudya inyaya yedu tese, hapana asingararame nekudya. Kana toita politics dzekutukana tinenge taguta,” the President said to applause by guests.

Some of the MDC officials present at the ceremony were Pumula-Luveve Senator Mr Fanuel Bayayi, Lobengula-Magwegwe Senator Mr Thabiso Ndlovu, Bulawayo-Nkulumane Senator Ms Rittah Ndlovu and Umzingwane Member of the House of Assembly Ms Nomalanga Khumalo.

The four MDC MPs were all beneficiaries together with Government ministers, war veterans, youths, women, business executives, senior civil servants, service chiefs, white farmers and university farms.

Leading opposition figures who are beneficiaries are faction leader Professor Arthur Mutambara, who is farming in Chimanimani District, his deputy Mr Gibson Sibanda (Bulilima) and their secretary general Professor Welshman Ncube (Umguza), deputy leader of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led faction Ms Thokozani Khupe (Matobo), the opposition chief whip in Parliament Mr Innocent Gonese (Mutare District), Mr Giles Mutsekwa (Mutare), Mr Joel Gabbuza (Binga), Mr Blessing Chebundo (Kwekwe), Mr Job Sikhala (Seke), Mr Tapiwa Mashakada (Mazowe), Masvingo executive mayor Mr Alois Chaimiti (Masvingo) and Mr Rensen Gasela (Gweru District).

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