Hero’s welcome for Mnangagwa

New Zanu PF leader and President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa made a triumphant return home yesterday as pressure piled to form a coalition government comprising of key stakeholders to stabilise the economy, NewsDay has heard.

BY OBEY MANAYITI/XOLISANI NCUBE/BLESSED MHLANGA

The transitional government would also ensure political stability and implement electoral, political and economic reforms to stabilise the country following former President Robert Mugabe’s abrupt departure on Tuesday.

Political parties, churches, civic society groups and analysts yesterday warned that Mnangagwa risked alienating himself from the majority and suffer legitimacy challenges if he ignored public sentiment and forms an exclusive Zanu PF government.

In his first public address yesterday, Mnangagwa pledged to follow democratic principles.

“Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new unfolding democracy,” Mnangagwa said while addressing thousands of supporters at the Zanu PF headquarters last night.

Mnangagwa said people had pushed out a dictator and the G40 cabal which he accused of having captured executive power and Mugabe.

“The G40 cabal had captured the executive in the person of our President. Orders were now coming from people outside the Executive to be implemented,” he said.

Mnangagwa, who promised economic revival and creation of new jobs, said he had already received commitment for support for Zimbabwe from all over the world.

“I pledge myself to be your servant. I appeal to all genuine patriotic Zimbabweans to come together, we work together, no one is more important than the other. We want to grow our economy. We want peace in our country, we want jobs,” he said.

Mnangagwa, accompanied by his wife Auxillia, also hinted that he was part of the well-planned power takeover by the military, saying he was in constant touch with the army generals as they executed the process to kick out Mugabe.


A survivor of a poisoning attempt at a Zanu PF youth interface rally in Gwanda in August, Mnangagwa said he left the country soon after he was fired after receiving information that he was going to be eliminated.

Supporters endured a long wait from 10am until Mnangagwa addressed them at the party headquarters at 7pm.

The main opposition MDC-T said it would continue calling for the complete dismantling of Mugabe’s pillars of dictatorship.

“We will continue to demand for electoral reforms so that free and fair elections can be held. The MDC-T believes in the creation of strong institutions rather than strong personalities,” party spokesperson Obert Gutu said.

“We are carefully monitoring the situation going forward, but for now, we remain cautiously optimistic that the incoming Head of State will not fall into Mugabe’s straitjacket of intolerance, hatred, corruption, incompetence, maladministration and lack of inclusivity.”

Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe leader Shingi Munyeza said Mnangagwa should embrace all stakeholders in forming his next government.

“The buzzword for us is inclusivity. So we want to see an inclusivity of various stakeholders because where we are, the ruling party cannot build on its own and neither does the opposition have what it takes to be able to champion, otherwise we would like to see a signal from the incoming President that shows he is prepared to be the President of every Zimbabwean.
This means he must listen to every voice that is coming through,” Munyeza said.

Mnangagwa, in a statement on Tuesday, indicated his readiness to involve key stakeholders to rebuild the country, saying “this is not a job for Zanu PF alone, but for all people of Zimbabwe.”

The Welshman Ncube-led MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said the country had no option, but to enter into a second government of national unity (GNU).

“We are hopeful the next step will be the formation of an inclusive transitional government that will swiftly move to ameliorate the current conditions of the people and pave way for a credible free and fair election,” he said.

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said an inclusive arrangement would help resolve the country’s problems.

“We need to have an inclusive transitional arrangement that helps restore political development towards democracy. We also need to have a transitional economy in place and this is non-optional if we are to see progress in the country,” Mafume said.

Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume said it was now time to return to the rule of law and constitutionalism as well as level the playfield for next year’s harmonised elections.

“We will continue to fight to ensure we return to the rule of law and constitutionalism. We must work to make sure that the framework for free and fair elections, where we hope the nation will finally be delivered from Zanu PF’s bondage, is in place,” he said.

The Elton Mangoma-led Coalition for Democrats also said all unconstitutional elements that trampled upon people’s rights must be repealed to allow the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to operate freely without any bias towards Zanu PF.

National Constitutional Assembly spokesperson Madock Chivasa encouraged people to register to vote.

Zimbabwe Transitional Alliance president Philemon Machana urged Mnangagwa to be pragmatic and put the country’s interests first.

“We now require an inclusive transitional government to prepare for free and fair elections. We now begin the journey of rebuilding our great nation and young democracy into a formidable economic giant after years of plunder. One hopes Zanu PF realises that this (anti-Mugabe nationwide demonstrations last Saturday) was a people’s project and people’s victory. It is our fervent hope that the spirit will continue in the transition even with the ruling party on the levers of power,” he said.

#ThisFlag frontman Evan Mawarire, charged with subversion after leading protests against Mugabe, also suggested an inclusive arrangement that would pull the country out of the quagmire.

“Robert Mugabe’s resignation is testament to the power of the will of our people. We are glad that Mugabe lived to see the people he oppressed celebrate his departure as well as stand up to him when the façade of his invincibility was removed by the military. The true challenge now is to take the positive lessons of this victory and apply them to building our future.
If we are inclusive and united nothing will be impossible for us,” he said.

But political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya said it was now time to focus on electoral reforms.

“Now that we are done with the conundrum of Mugabe’s arrogant intransigence, we have crossed the first bridge. Our mandate now is to agitate for 100% electoral reform. An NTA (National Transitional Authority) is only to pacify the political egos of those who don’t understand the power dynamics that drive Zanu PF. I view any all-inclusive transition institution with contempt,” he said.

Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) secretary-general Kenias Shamuyarira said workers want a change in the governance of the country.

“We want to see a complete change of the whole government line ministries’ administration in general in terms of the way they execute their obligations and tenacity to duty. ZFTU prays for the resuscitation of the Tripartite Negotiating Forum which is a major component in the revival of our industries and the economy at large,” he said.

Zanu PF supporters interviewed said the state of the economy needed a collective approach from broader political parties.
Malvern Kwaramba, a Zanu PF supporter and University of Zimbabwe student, said without a collective approach by other stakeholders, Mnangagwa’s reign was doomed.

“While it is a Zanu PF cake, I believe that he must involve all stakeholders because this fight has involved every Zimbabwean. I am talking about war veterans, students and workers. Otherwise, it would be impossible for him to turn around the economy,” he said.

Another Zanu PF activist, Reason Maisiri, said Mnangagwa should address the current liquidity crisis, which has seen many Zimbabweans sleeping in bank queues and the price of basic commodities escalating beyond the reach of many.

“I know that he has capacity, but we are giving him 100 days to do what is needed. The mood and spirit in Zimbabwe is that he must work with everyone. The fight was done by everyone. The agricultural sector needs to be supported just as the mining sector. He has a lot of work to do or else it would be tough for him. He needs to put correct people in correct positions,” he said.

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17 Comments

  1. “..the more things change the more they stay the same…..”

  2. those who are still talking party politics are enemies of Zimbabwe. Mugabe failed to separate party and government and killed the country. war vets should not openly be aligned to a party and we will go ahead. in 2008 there worked for a party through sibanda and now they have seen their mistakes. I hope they will also reform.

  3. Inclusivity and transitional arrangements are the darling of those who want to reap where they did not sow. There was a gnu between 2008 and 2013 but no reforms were undertaken. Leaders were busy indulging in sex orgies, sex holidays and marrying new wives. After the platform expired, they began to talk about reform which they were not interested in when they were still in government.
    The push for so called transitional authority is the preoccupation of the private press and irrelevant political players who know for certain that whatever happens in this country they will never taste power even if all the reforms under the sky were to be put in place.
    We need one strong deng zhiao ping to set the concrete indestructible framework and direction for the economic development of this country. The fact that one has formed a political party does not automatically mean that they have good ideas for the economy or politics of this nation.
    A good way to do things would be to suspend elections for two to five years and use time and resources earmarked for that to straighten the emotional, psycho-social, economic and electoral situation of the country.

  4. What GNU are these people talking about?,Zimbabwean problems will never be solved by Neither Mnangagwa nor by the Transitional govt but, they will be solved by good economic and social policies and good environment which encourages investment.
    If Mnangagwa gets this correct he will prosper this nation alone without the so called Transitional govt.

  5. The current situation has resurrected Zanu PF and weakened the opposition. Methinks that its not in the interest of opposition to further strenghten their nemesis by joining a coalition government so close to elections. Zanu PF has not changed at all, just leadership same rotten leutenants who propped up RG Mugabe. To see the same people dissasociating themselves from their estwhile comrade, makes me feel renaming the party to Zanu (Pee F). This party is full of charactors who will wee on you once the tables have turned.

  6. I agree with Ngwenya, focus should be on elections. ED is unelected and therefore next year should face an election. We need to be voted on policy and not intimidation, violence and cheating.

  7. ED is unelected who told you so? wait and see when elections come what will happen dont bank on Tsvangirai statement that he was beaten twice by Chebundo so he is unelected and dont compare constituency elections to Presidential elections only a few individuals from zanu pf managed to win elections in urban areas,but as always zanu pf will win the majority nationwide.Do you know who is Tsvangirai’s MP from Buhera? He is OLIVER MANDIPAKA and his councilor is Zanu pf.

    1. I hope you understand the English language my friend. I thought Nokuda said ED is unelected; he didnt say ED is unelectable. Therein lies the difference. As things stand now, the gentleman is right; ED is definitely unelected – he was appointed, not elected. He will only be elected after he wins the coming elections!

      1. @Mntungwa, I concur with @Nokuda, as it is ED is unelected but appointed. Being unelectable is another thing. Keen to see how he fairs in a free and fair election. Its not going to be easy for him as people will be comparing him with Mugabe all the time.

        1. Lovemyzim doesnt seem to understand the difference!

  8. The focus should be on Election, ELECTION REFORM IS NEEDED. Those who speak of GNU are afraid of election. Our constitution is only four years old we cannot amend it again so we create GNU rather let’s allow for the realignment of laws to the supreme law.

    The voice of the people matters we can’t just say a GNU when we are less than 7 months from elections. Ngwena deserves a chance, the people deserve a chance also. Let the voice of everyone be heard, it is easy to say GNU but understand we have issue of Matebeland. Let their voice be heard via ballot, if they have forgiven Ngwena then the ballot will say so. We don’t know what they feel and we should and never brush it off just because we Shona and the majority. Let us not undermine any voice.

  9. Excited to have a new president. one piece of advice to you Mr. President. Before you can sit on that throne, find a man of God who can cleanse it for you, becoz if you rush to sit there without cleansing it, the demons that possessed Mugabe will surely possess you and soon we will begin to see you rule like Mugabe regardless of your good intentions. The brutality, repression, patronage, impunity, corruption, poverty, arrogance, etc.

  10. Our priority should be the steps that will allow us to put in place an executive that has the confidence of the support of a majority of the populace as it embarks on reform; not an executive in place via rigging or a military coup. If that ends up being a Mnangagwa led government, so be it. Sadly all the people who were associated with reform rather than perpetuating Mugabe’s rule (all the way back from Tekere’s days, through to Dabengwa, Solomon Mujuru and Makoni more recently) are gone from that party.

  11. That hukura tonga tonga comment from Mnangagwa was simply disappointing and nauseating. I hope it was just a slip – he needs to move away from such intolerant one party state language. The man doesnt even see that he is contradicting himself. In one sentence he talks about a new unfolding democracy and in another he talks about hukura, hukura, tonga tonga. The truth of the matter is this; in a democracy, any party and every party should accept that they cannot rule forever, should they ever come to power. This hukura tonga nonsense clearly shows that there is no understanding of this and points to a desire to rule forever, which can only happen through undemocratic means of violence, election rigging and abusing the Military. On another note; now that he has admitted that he was in touch with the security forces all along; this proves that his firing by Mugabe was correct. He had definitely been working with the military to remove Mugabe from power all these years. I dont know what became of Mugabe in appointing such a dangerous man, VP. In hindisght, it now looks like the firing of Joice Mujuru in 2014 was definitely a mistake – she had actually been far more trustworthyand loyal than this Mnangagwa guy. She served for 10 years as VP, but Mnangagwa only took 3 years before his unbridled ambitions overtook him. Mugabe must be cursing his 2014 decision and those who advised him!!!!

  12. The Way Forward Zimbabwe

    I think that the Constitution of Zimbabwe should be revised so that it is not a constitution for the president and by the President, and to incorporate principles and practices of good governance i.e. transparency, accountability, fairness and responsibility. Zimbabweans must understand that Mugabe managed to stay so long by manipulating the Constitution of Zimbabwe, through coercing those close to him to make him the one centre of power. For instance the Constitution allowed Mugabe to appoint everyone in the civil service, and he did, resulting in an incompetent patronised civil service that is just beholden to him. This Constitution remains the same, and open to abuse. The Constitution of Zimbabwe must therefore be revised to close these loopholes.

  13. u were never elected the upcoming elections will teach wat it means to be elected.at joice mujuru was elected but u shame the army were soooo wrong they were pushing they agenda which has no zimbabwe at heart the G40 was saying its time for the youths at 75 what can you tell us

  14. The Way Forward Zimbabwe

    I think it is a question of ‘like him or hate him’he is in. But in favour of those that hate him, he means well. And that’s in spite of the flak that he has in the past received. It remains to be seen whether the flak was justified

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