Mnangagwa, Rugeje differ on Mugabe exit

President Emerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF national political commissar, Engelbert Rugeje yesterday gave conflicting narratives on how former President Robert Mugabe left government in November last year.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE/EVERSON MUSHAVA

Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at Siyalima Irrigation Scheme in Guruve, Rugeje said the military played a key role in Mugabe’s ouster and catapulted Mnangagwa’s rise to the throne.

“The Operation Restore Hope . . . Restore Legacy is the one that brought the leadership of the President we have here. The rest, you will hear from the President himself when he speaks.”

But when Mnangagwa later took to the podium, he said Mugabe resigned on his own following a public statement by hundreds of thousands of people who peacefully demonstrated demanding his ouster.

“He realised that the people had spoken and the people’s voice is the voice of God,” he said.

Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe respected the Constitution and Parliament had instituted an impeachment process to remove Mugabe when he resigned after he refused to fire some members of G40 who had captured him, making executive decisions on behalf of the party and government.

Mnangagwa also lashed out at G40 members, describing them as sellouts, who deserved a place in hell.

“We had sellouts in our midst that include even traditional leaders and this does not surprise us when we see the threat of sellouts,” he said.

“If you see G40, you see them selling out, and you look into their history, you see that there were sellouts in the families during the liberation struggle.”

Later on, Mnangagwa and his entourage flew to Madzibaba Wimbo’s Johane Masowe Echishanu shrine, where he chided the former G40 members for plotting to unseat him using their newly-formed opposition, New Patriotic Front.

“Everything that is blessed by God is loved by many. If you find yourself going against the people, pray and say ‘Legion, leave me’, because you would have been possessed by an evil spirit. Wake up and brew beer so that you are cleansed,” he said.

Mnangagwa declared that no opposition could withstand the Zanu PF machinery, describing those forming parties as time wasters.

“What you have done today, the Lord is very happy. Because you are here not to be insulted, here not to be harassed or without being forced,” he said.

Mnangagwa said in November last year, Zanu PF went through a cleansing process, which saw “ticks” being washed away.

“In November, Zanu PF, like a beast, went to the dip tank. I don’t know the fate of the rebels, they remained behind in dip tanks,” he said.

Mnangagwa said his administration was focusing on building the economy.

In a clear dig directed at former First Lady Grace Mugabe, Mnangagwa said: “If you see someone who is not in government saying this one has committed no crime, then know that things would have gone wrong. If you see someone insulting people without a crime, then know that things are wrong. Everyone here has their God, why insult them?”

Related posts:

17 Comments

  1. There is no difference here. The problem created by former Pres Mugabe was that he wouldn’t announce a successor, insisting on following the Zanu-pf constitution which said the people had to choose one. This was a bit mischievous on his part because he knew people already wanted him to be succeeded but noone dared make the pronouncement. With the intervention of the military, laying bare Mugabe’s invincibility, the private pronouncements now became public and very loud at that. He had no choice but to agree to step down, which was what he had always insisted on under the Zanu-pf constitution. He was actually hoisted by his own petard.

    1. Perfect!

  2. Nhasi ari ku Zion, mangwana kwamadzibaba Wimbo. Vakomana!!! President, siyanai nevanhu ava please. Zvinhu zvenyu zvinofamba vasipo. Mwari ndiye mukuru, munamatei.

  3. Whatever! Mugabe is gone and will never be our leader again.

  4. There is no difference in what was said by both leaders. Newsday musashaya nyaya

  5. unoda kuti anotsvaka rutsigiro kubhawa chete here. kwese kwese kunevanhu kunoendwa kuchechi, kubhora kumadoro etc kwese kune vanhu kunoendwa ndokuzia piitics ikoko. thus why vachikunda. mutambo uyu unoda strategy. kwete kungoti tinodiwa nevanhu nekuti zviro zvakashata munyika. yes zvinhu zvakashata but hazvireve kuti ndozvinowhinisa ma elections. Kune vanhu vanovhota ndekuku: kum churches, kumamisha, kumadzishe, kuma warvets. Kumatown vanongoenda kuma rallies asi vashoma ndivo vane patience dzokumira mumarini eku register nekuvhota.

    1. president munhu vakomana he should also enjoy freedom of worship like any other citizen. chero kwaaenda whether aenda kuchurch kipi it doesnt matter. what matters is whether he is keeping the values of his presidency to emancipate every zimbabwean. iko munoda kuti atonge vanhu vaasina time yekushanyira mumisha yavo here achiona mararamiro nemanamatiro avo here. It can’t

      president endai kwese kuchurch,kubhawa,kumasvikiro,kujeri, kumadiasporans kwese bcoz ndiwo maZimbabweans acho iwawo. we are diverse but we have 1 president. kana mapedza machurch muine simba zvenyu itai madoor to door visits kuitira zvenyu munyatsoona mararamiro evanhu venyu.

      ukaona uchizviti mutungamiriri usingambokokwi kumachurch ,kumafaro, kumadzishe kana kubhora hako ziva kuti uri kure nekutonga vanhu.

  6. I agree with Simbarashe and Jakutindi. As long as he is approaching voters within the borders of Zimbabwe that’s fine. I am not a Zion or Mupostori but they are humans like and Zimbabweans as well. He should appeal to everyone after all he is the president. You want to go back to to the Mugabe pick and choose?

  7. kkkkkk says the illegitimate president

  8. The coup president is fond of calling people cockroaches, ticks and dogs! The murderer has not lost his sting. He tries to hide it, but it comes out easily! Pasi nemhondi!

  9. Rugeje and Mnamgagwa did not differ but described different phases in removing Mugabe. The 1st phase was carried out by soldiers; that’s what Rugeje described (of course that was the most important part of the removal of Mugabe). The 2nd phase was carried by the people of Zimbabwe demonstrating on the streets. The second phase killed off Mugabe as he lost legitimacy in the eyes of the international community. Phase 1 should not continue to be talked about as the international community will not like to hear it. The international community likes to hear phase 2 which is similar to events in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s that culminated in the resignation of communist dictators and the restoration of democracy.

  10. Even if we have 100 versions the bottomline is that Mugabe is out and the povo is happy.

  11. ED may man mnangagwa isimbi hombe totoda mubatanidzwa wemaparty ese tivarove white wash.

  12. I refer all readers and Zimbabweans to Simbarashe, Jakutindi,Eve and B. Maricho’ s wise contributions. Guys you are patriotic Zimbabweans who love their country. You have said it all. I hope the president will consider your Contributions

  13. MY POOR ZIMBOZI WHEN WE FOUGHT THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE IT WAS TO REMOVE THE MINORITY WHITE WHO THOUGHT WE ARE BABOONS ,BUT THE TRUTH IS WE ARE BOTH BABOONISHY AND UNREASONABLE DESPITE THE INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CLAIM TO HAVE , WE HAVE RUINED EVERYTHING LOOK AT THE HARARE GARDENS, CBD ETC -WE MUST RECOLLECT AND GET CIVILISED AGAIN .GARWE IS VERY CORRECT IN ROPING IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY BEFORE THE WORST HAPPENS. I PROPHESY A LARGE WIN MARGIN FOR THE MAN ,THIS IDEA OF PATCHING THE ROAD COZ GIRE IS COMING IS OVER WE LOVE YOU NGWENA YOU ARE FREE TO COME EVEN TO ANY GHETTO AND SEE HOW WE LIVE LIKE WHAT AMAI IS DOING- THE WORLD AND ITS FULLNESS BELONGS TO GOD ALLMIGHTY VANO BVISA MADZISHE VACHIISA MADZIMAMBO -MURISHANI MUKWAI ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION.

  14. I mean this ED is running scared of G40 he is mentioning it at every gathering the same way Mugabe used to mention Morgan at every place .The fact is we true zimbos who are not blown easily by wind or who are not like mugodoyi the dog that follows everyone do not want ED and his zanu and only fools can forget 37years of suffering in 2 months . We marched with our enemy La coste to march so Mugabe could go now we want to do the same work with G40 to remove unwanted useless zanu,nothing wrong here

    1. Chipangano chauya

      true dat even if it means voting for a baboon so be it we fed up of zanu n its lot

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.