Mnangagwa must walk the talk


President Robert Mugabe will from today be referred to as former ruling party leader as his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, bounces back to his positions both in Zanu PF and government.

A day after his ouster and subsequent relocation to self-imposed exile in South Africa on November 6, Mnangagwa made several key commitments.

First, he warned that he was not going anywhere, and was coming back “in a few weeks” to boot out Mugabe and his eccentric wife First Lady Grace from the ruling Zanu PF party and take over control of all the levers of power.

That, he has already achieved that is incontestable, given that the ruling party’s central committee met yesterday and elbowed out the First Couple and reinstated Mnangagwa to his previous positions. The organ also recommended his elevation to the party and government’s presidency.

Mnangagwa two weeks ago also promised that upon coming back, he was going to provide “new and progressive leadership that is not resident in the past and refuses to accept change.”

He also promised to build national cohesion when he urged Zimbabweans to “bury our differences and rebuild a new and prosperous Zimbabwe, a country that is tolerant to divergent views, a country that respects opinions of others, a country that does not isolate itself from the rest of the world because of one stubborn individual who believes he is entitled to rule this country until death.”

In short, he pledged a return to “total” democracy, development and economic prosperity.

It is, therefore, our fervent hope that Mnangagwa honours his promises by ensuring that his transitional government is all inclusive.

The message derived from the solidarity march held on Saturday that Zimbabweans – regardless of their race, sex, creed or political affiliation – still strongly believe that they are key stakeholders in the running of their country shouldn’t be underestimated.

It was clear that Zimbabweans want inclusivity, recognition of basic rights, and important of all, a transitional process to help the country move away from the toxic polarisation that had taken a toll on the country’s leading political parties.

This transitional process should also be executed in a way that paves way for an environment that nurtures electoral reforms and allows for the holding of free and fair elections.

On the economy, Mnangagwa promised that he wanted to see a country that “gives every citizen the opportunity to prosper, to take care of their families, a country that encourages Zimbabweans to invest in their economy and contribute to the development of infrastructure for future generations”.

He indicated that this was part of his vision for a rejuvenated Zimbabwe and particularly Zanu PF. We have no doubt that his words resonate well with what every Zimbabwean yearns for, peace and economic prosperity.

We urge Mnangagwa to bring back Zimbabwe to the international scene and implement policy measures that attract investment and help the country’s economy to improve.

Failure to make good these and other promises, we have no doubt that the citizenry would judge Mnangagwa and his new administration harshly, come elections.


  1. hapana zvatinomboitirwa nembiti iyi. age is not on his side, he has been in mugabe’s kitchen cabinet for ages to have any new meaningful ideas, is a worse thief and murderer than mugabe and unlike mugabe, he does not have any diplomacy skills

    • Comment…that’s true they ar all in same range bt he want to clear himself as if he is genuine person so we have to stand with someone who is not one of them

  2. Gullible people! So all of a sudden this guy has changed! Dont be used like toilet paper. A while ago, I had a friend from Uganda, he told me that when Museveni wrestled power from Idi Amini (I think), he famously said “I cannot understand how someone can stay in power for more than 10 years” or something like that. Anyway, nearly 30yrs later, he is refusing to go. This Ngwena guy maybe much worse than Mugabe, since he will mist likely be a junta puppet.

    • Museveni took power from Milton Obote. Obote at that time was in power for the second time after Idi Amin was defeated with the help of Tanzania.

  3. ED is a lawyer . He must order the release from custody all those G40 guys who were arrested by the army as to date no criminal charges have been brought to them and they have not been taken to court within the 48 hour requirement and i bet you no warrant for further detention has been submitted to the courts either> Walk the talk lawyer Ed and get yo generals to free these zim citizens! You know u cannot be the country’s president because you were legally fired as vp despite your being made interim president of yo party!

  4. Hapana zvekuti ngwena apa akarambidza tsvangirai kutora chegaro chake avhoterwa nenyika yese haasi ngwena iyeyu here.this guy is worse than bob.mark my wise words

  5. I stopped reading on the first paragraph, how does Ngwena bounce back to his position in government, on what grounds?

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