Speaking to The Herald after addressing military staff members and students at a Media Day held under the theme Identification, Protection and Promotion of National Interest at the National Defence College in Harare yesterday, Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba defended President Robert Mugabe‘s state of the nation address.
While opposition parties have criticised Mugabe’s state of the nation address as failing to address the issue of bond notes, the economy and the issue of civil servant bonuses, Charamba said that the inclusion of Statutory Instrument 64 and the Government’s specialised Command Agriculture project in Mugabe’s address were in themselves an economic strategy. Said Charamba:
How then in the presence of SI 64 and Command Agriculture do you pretend that the President is not talking about the economy and why then behave as if a currency has a life of its own. The life of a currency depends on the strength of the economy, which is what the reference to SI 64 and Command Agriculture are all about.
He also said that the President was not entitled to talk about bond notes in his State of the Nation Address as that would pre-empt the Minister of Finance and Economic Development’s budget presentation.