Mnangagwa pledges wide reforms

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged sweeping reforms to extricate the nation from the jaws of its past misery and ensure economic recovery and political stability ahead of crucial elections next year.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA/OBEY MANAYITI

In his inaugural speech, soon after being sworn in as President by Chief Justice Luke Malaba in front of a jubilant crowd from all over the country at the National Sport Stadium in Harare yesterday, Mnangagwa said he would not allow the country to be held back by its dark past.

He outlined a litany of strategies to lure foreign direct investment to ensure financial stability, deal with the ease of doing business locally and focus more on the economy in particular fixing the current liquidity crisis.

Mnangagwa said he would adopt a tough stance against corruption and inefficient and incompetent government officials who stalled progress and “extort dirty money” from the public and investors.

“For close to two decades now, this country went through many developments. While we cannot change the past there is a lot we can do in the present and future to give our nation a different, positive direction. As we do so, we should never remain hostages of our past. I thus appeal to all of us that we let bygones be bygones,” he said.

Mnangagwa said his reign would not be of flowery speeches, but action to deliver notable and meaningful change in the lives of the people of Zimbabwe.

“I recognise that the urgent tasks that beckon will not be accomplished through speeches, necessary as they maybe. I have to hit the ground running to make sure that I lead in stupendous efforts we all need to summon and unleash in concert, towards taking this great nation beyond where our immediate past President left it,” he said.

He pledged to ensure that circumstances that led to the military stepping in to decide political affairs would not be repeated.

“Today, the Republic of Zimbabwe renews itself. My government will work towards ensuring the pillars of the State assuring democracy in our land are strengthened and respected,” Mnangagwa said.

In a nation ravaged by the vicissitudes of corruption, the new Head of State warned he would take a “no nonsense approach” to the social ill.


“As we focus on recovering our economy, we must shed misbehaviours and acts of indiscipline which have characterised the past. Acts of corruption must stop forthwith, where these occur, swift justice must be served to show each and all that crime and other acts of economic sabotage can only guarantee ruin to perpetrators,” Mnangagwa said.

The President also signalled his intention to engage the international community, dumping the mantra of going it alone which was for years embraced by former President Robert Mugabe.

“Whatever misunderstandings may have subsisted in the past, let these make way to a new beginning which sees us relating to one another in multi-layered, mutually beneficial ways as equal and reciprocally dependent partners. In this global world, no nation is, can, or need be an island, one unto itself. Isolation has never been splendid or viable, solidarity and partnerships are and will always be the way,” he said.

Mnangagwa said there was no going back on elections scheduled for next year, dealing a heavy blow to people who were anticipating a transitional government which was supposed to forestall elections.

Several opposition leaders including MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Nelson Chamisa together with NPP leader Joice Mujuru were also in attendance, amid speculation that the newly-inaugurated President might go for a coalition government. Although his speech recognised co-operation by other political players in removing Mugabe and the need to find each other and working together, Mnangagwa said elections were inevitable.

He said Zimbabwe’s transfer of power has been exemplary to many.

On political co-operation he said: “Here at home, we must, however, appreciate the fact that over the years our domestic politics had become poisoned, rancorous and polarising.

“My goal is to preside over a polity and run an administration that recognises strength in our diversity as a people, hoping that this position and well-meant stance will be reciprocated and radiated to cover all our groups, organisations and communities.

“We dare not squander the moment. At the end of the day, whatever we do or choose not to do must be intended to benefit all our people.”

Mnangagwa paid tribute to his predecessor, Mugabe who resigned on Tuesday under pressure from the masses, military and legislators.

“Whatever errors of commission or omission that might have occurred during that critical phase in the life of our nation, let us all accept and acknowledge his immense contribution towards the building of our nation. To me personally, he remains a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader.

“We thus say thank you to him and trust that our history will grant him his proper place and accord him his deserved stature as one of the founders and leaders of our nation,” he said.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu accompanied by his two predecessors Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda, Botswana’s Ian Khama, Mozambique’s Felipe Nyusi, Namibia’s former Presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma were in attendance.

Other countries sent representatives, while South Africa was represented by Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete.

Mnangagwa spoke on the need to engage with the international community and opening Zimbabwe for international investment. He, however, made a clarion call on Zimbabwe’s erstwhile friends to remove sanctions saying his administration would seek to start on a fresh page.

On land, Mnangagwa said the programme was irreversible but a relook would done on underutilised farms.

“I exhort beneficiaries of the land reform programme to show their deservedness by demonstrating commitment to the utilisation of the land now available to them for National Food Security and for the recovery of the economy,” he said.

“To that extent my government will capacitate the Land Commission so that the commission is seized with all outstanding issues related to land redistribution.”

Mnangagwa also indicated that government was committed to compensating those farmers whom land was taken during the fast-track land reform exercise.

“…Complex issues of land tenure will have to be addressed both urgently and definitively, in order to ensure finality and closure to the ownership and management of this key resource which is central to national stability and to sustained economic recovery.”

15 Comments

  1. This new President must be very careful as he must not mislead himself into believing that the multitudes who took to the streets are his party supporters hence he then decides to go it alone he will be shocked if he hurriedly calls for ill advised elections soon, he will find himself back in the streets.

  2. Lets see if he fires Mudede or not. To me that is the litmus test.

  3. Mr President we are watching behind the scenes if you really mean your words, reading speech and implementation are different things that was the language of the dictator Mugabe implementation was Zero after giving long winding speeches. Democratization we want to see it being implanted, free and fair elections in 2018.

  4. Ask for forgiveness and people you harmed will decide to forgive you from the depth of their hearts. You can not just say let bygones be bygones. some wounds you inflicted on some of us are so deep such that we need a process of healing. you need wisdom from God on this one. you can not just brush it away by saying let bygones be bygones. This is too simplistic and lacks the understanding of the feeling that some of us went through when our loved ones were simply picked up and thrown into disused mines and never to be seen again. Remember the midlands were you really caused such pain and horror unimaginable. you were personally involved incuding Chinyathi, Ndangana, Manyika and NDemera. Villages were obliterated never to be seen again all for the cause of a one party state you envissaged after destroying Zapu. The Shona people have a wonderful saying about how soon an axe forgets about a tree it cuts down but the tree remembers for life. Ask for forgiveness for you can not force it on those you hurt. You have such Goodwill from the people now and the right spirit currently exists for you to right what you did wrong. Dont waste this goodwill and dont let the current spirit in the country fade away. I sincerely pray for you to be the right leader God has chosen for Zimbabwe for this moment. Makorokoto and Best wishes and Luck.

  5. Comment…You are on point mupfanha Eliasha,those crowds are of diverse political affiliations.I can slowly detect some overconfidence in Mr president and for sure if he runs a free and fair election in the near future he will have the shortest tenure of all those who have presided over Zimbabwe.

    I hope he will not sanction another six-week hold on elections results.I think Zimbabwe needs time for an all stakeholders government than rushing again into these so called elections.If he can listen well to many people’s views on him a lot of people are still not satisfied that he is not an extension of Mugabe rule.He must give himself time in a transitional set up.

    Tsvangirai is still the biggest and most powerful bull in opposition politics and then add Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti,he is likely to get a spanking he will not forget in a long time.Out there,there are also hardcore Mugabe supporters who have an axe to grind with him they are also likely to go for a protest vote which is likely to go in direction of the opposition.?

    Bhora pasi Mr president,ngatimbomirai ave absolute power timbo vaka nyika.

  6. Comment…Congratulations Mr president for being elected the successor to the longtime oppressor.

  7. saying let bygones be bygones…is not acceptable..those that committed serious crimes must be held accountable otherwise come 2018 elections we will use our vote to show our anger. Be warned.

  8. I small reform of ZANU PF slogan of PASI NEVAMWE will change the dynamics of togetherness than ever before. Part of this slogan is evil in 21st century. Dark days are gone lets live in harmony despite differences

  9. Sekuru Chaminuka

    Comment…ED was not elected President, he was appointed to completed Gushungo’s term.

    1. Comment…Yes; yes mupfanha sekuru Chaminuka.

      1. Why do you have no respect for others. If I remember correctly mupfanha is a derogatory term

  10. He is promising democracy but is unwilling to end the Zanu PF dictatorship by implementing the democratic reforms. The dictatorship and democracy cannot coexist because every brick used to build one to make it stronger is a brick denied the other to make it weaker!

    Mugabe has spent the last 37 years systematically dismantling the multi-party democracy we inherited in 1980 to build the de facto one-party dictatorship we have today. If we are serious about getting out of this hell-hole we are stuck in, then we must implement the democratic reforms designed to dismantle the dictatorship, the root cause of the economic and political mess we are in.

    President Mnangagwa can promise a new democratic era, economic recovery, ending corruption, etc. as often as he wishes but none of these things will ever come true until we end the dictatorship, the black dog curse in our midst!

    President Mnangagwa will never ever implement the democratic reforms because he and his Zanu PF cronies will be reforming themselves out of power. No dictatorship in human history will ever preside over its own demise, that is counter intuitive. We will have to exert a lot more pressure on this Zanu PF dictatorship to get the democratic reforms implemented. The nation has to wake up to the political reality that the removal of one dictator to replace him with another as a result of internal party factional war within the dictatorship is not going to force Zanu PF implement the reforms to destroy itself; that is just wishful thinking.

  11. He seems clear and unambigious over economic issues but rather coy and non committal on human rights. Sure – I think white people are right – Black lives dont matter. Troubling!!

  12. compansate for what land land they took by force by rapping and killing people bullshit .if you donot like zimbabwe leave BRITISH WHITE MAN this is not the land where your ansestors where buried fucking bullshit compansate for being raped and killed so going to war was in vein then all those corpses mean nothing.Fucking idiot president long live bob and his legacy these ques can’t do anything right i knew it Zim next Libya its over we are done for.The worst thing is you thought you were poor wait and see.

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