President-elect Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) has congratulated President-elect Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa for being declared the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

In a statement, CZR President Denford Mutashu said the new administration should now implement public policy that stimulates sustainable economic development while eliminating barriers to sustainable business development.

“As retailers, we believe that the top issue facing our great nation the day after the election is the same as it was the day before the election – the economy! It is therefore no surprise that the economy is top on the minds of consumers who are also voters, as it determines their income and spending fate. If these harmonised elections have taught us anything, it is the importance of focusing on policies and programmes that not only benefit today’s economy but the economy of the future,” said Mr Mutashu.

 Mr Mutashu said as retailers they will work with the new administration in ensuring the country’s economy registers recovery and accelerated growth.

He also congratulated parliamentarians and councillors who have been elected saying their top priority should be to pass of legislation that will stimulate the economy while policymakers are called upon to look at the long-term prospects with optimal sustainable returns.

CZR President Denford Mutashu

The retailers’ body pledged to continue to work with President Mnangagwa, his new administration as well as with the new parliamentarians towards the objective of putting Zimbabweans back to work while ensuring the economy registers recovery and accelerated growth.

“We also call upon government to initiate measures that can help retailers optimize to their contribution to the nation’s economy and provide Zimbabwean families with the products they need at prices they can afford. We are the ones who look at consumers in the eye every second of the day and hear their frustrations on the state of the goods market, hence the need to be part of the process to start developing Zimbabwe again,” he said.

Zanu PF Presidential candidate Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa won the election with 2 460 463 votes which translates to 50.8 percent, while his closest rival Advocate Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance got 2 147 436 (44.3%).