Zimbabwe has moved on: ED tells Mugabe

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has scoffed at demands for a meeting by his predecessor former President Robert Mugabe, ostensibly to “return the country to constitutionalism”.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

In a statement yesterday, Mnangagwa came short of telling Mugabe off, saying “Zimbabwe has moved on”. Mugabe according to Mnangagwa has a right like all other citizens to an opinion and government will not be fixated with what he says.

“President Emmerson Mnangagwa has noted recent remarks made to the media by former President Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. On November 21, 2017, former President Mugabe tendered his resignation in terms of Section 96 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

“He is entitled to express himself freely as is the case for any private citizen. The Zimbabwe government continues to honour all its obligations towards the former President’s welfare and benefits as provided under the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said.

Mugabe was forced to resign in the aftermath of a military intervention that confined him to his home and triggered an internal revolt in Zanu PF whose central committee met and removed him from its top job. He was replaced by Mnangagwa whom he had fired only two weeks earlier from his position as Vice-President, as an internal power struggle threatened to engulf the country.

Mnangagwa in yesterday’s statement literally told Mugabe, “you are yesterday’s man”.

“The nation has moved on. Our focus at this time shall remain on preparing for free, fair and credible elections in 2018. This is a key step in the immense task at hand, which is to lift our people from the effects of the years of severe economic regression and international isolation,” the new Zanu PF leader said.

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said Mugabe’s hand in finding a solution to Zimbabwe’s political problems depends on “whether he is still part of the problem”.
He said Mnangagwa should convene a national indaba to discuss the legitimacy issue.

“Mnangagwa should call for a national gathering to discuss the return of the country to legitimacy. The demonstration was legal and the MDC-T participated in it. We also agreed with the constitutional process to impeach Mugabe because this was in accordance with the law. However, the MDC-T had no hand in the military intervention and was not consulted. Therefore, it is this part of the process that brings into question the government’s legality and this must be dealt with now,” Mwonzora said.

People’s Democratic Party leader Tendai Biti said while Mugabe was right to say there were questions around Mnangagwa’s legitimacy, elections were the only route.


“The next elections will be key to the process of returning the country to legitimacy. Mugabe was right to say the change of government was a coup. It removes any lingering and it is important now that we get the help of the United Nations, as the African Union as well as Sadc. We need the intervention of international law,” Biti said.

29 Comments

  1. Thumbs up ED! Ndiko kugona kutaura. Short and precise.

  2. Kutonga Kwaro!

  3. True, Mugabe was removed through a coup. But many Zimbabweans across the political divide were happy that he was ousted. His removal was seen as good riddance. Surprisingly, AU and SADC apparently don’t have problems with what transpired. True, the constitutionality of the current regime is questionable, but even the Mugabe-led government survived by flagrantly violating the country’s constitution. Zimbabwe has been witnessing rigged after rigged elections since independence. No doubt, Mugabe’s regime was allergic to free and fair elections. The forthcoming elections will tell whether or not ED has truly repented and committed to rebuilding the country that he helped destroy for almost 4 decades. But ED is not alone, and his decisions are influenced by those who brought him to power. Therefore, legality is seemingly elusive.

  4. Lowo ubaba kahambe ayephumula, angabosibangela umsindo. He must be ashamed for the destruction he made in this country. He still have the guts to talk about legitimacy, whats that?

  5. Mugabe has killed this country. Why waste time talking about him. Coup or no coup, we were delivered from a long period of oppression and suffering. He stole the vote from Tsvangirai, was that constitutional. Get lost Bob

  6. SO you guys think that ED staged a coup to just pave way for Chamisa ? just like that ,i dont think so ….

    1. If you dont believe that the future belongs to the younger generation then, you are still part of rebuilding the failures of 37 years plus some more years. We will not fight for God is fighting for us! young people. I dont know if you want to call it the young blood versus the old. But let us all play the good boy game.

  7. Amazing to think that Mugabe still wants to rule. No. His rule benefited only a few people, infact he was destroying everything. With him going the destruction stops and its better that way.

    1. Comment…Mutana uyu ngaatisiye takadaro akavuraya nyika saka ngaanyarare.

  8. True ZANU PF has moved on and Zimbabwe has even further MOVED ON and it is clear…

  9. I don’t understand this old man it was not ED who removed Mugabe everyone in the country they didn’t want him he stayed 37yrs in power but even today he still complaining he wanted to kill everyone with hunger b4 stepping down Zimbabwe is not belong to individual is belong to everyone in the
    country

  10. Smoke and mirrors. He wants to portray his wife as a peacemaker who saved the country from impending turmoil so that beneficiaries will harass her.

  11. Smoke and mirrors. He wants to portray his wife as a peacemaker who saved the country from impending turmoil so that beneficiaries will not harass her. Name and shame him

  12. We are sick and tired of this old demented man who distroyed lives and our country. It’s time to move on.It’s the people around him who are behind all this ,fearing for their future. You in their right mind would tired to fight for democracy when they spend 37years failing. This people think Zimbabweans are draft. Time will come for you lot to face the music. It’s not if but when.Mark my word’s.

  13. I love the move by the former president; cause chaos in Zanu pf and split the vote thus making sure Zanu pf does not win the forth coming election even if they try and rig. So yes Mr Mugabe go on and fund the rival party NPF you are actually doing good to some of us; for when l went marching in the street it was not against Mr Mugabe only but against the whole system that had been cultivated by Zanu pf through all these years and the current Zanu pf leadership has been part of the system since independence.ED made a blunder-he must have announced a unity government as proof that his ascendancy to power was really a new dispensation, but alas he chose to appoint and promote soldiers. So Mr Mugabe is actually doing us good; l hope he continues to offer interviews that create chaos and confusion in Zanu pf.

    1. Dont you think your political parties should be campaigning than wishing for the division in Zanu? Do you think that division will translate to opposition vote? Zimbanwe opposition is non-existent. Instead of wishing for the divisions in Zanu, you should he telling us what you have in store for this country. Singing reforms, ED is working on that and no-one sympathises with those singing for reforms. Before you were singing Mugabe must resign. Now that Mugabe is gone and free and fair elections are on the cards, get off your butts and start selling yourselves to voters. Whether this government is constitutional or not is irrelevant because all the international bodies endorsed it.

      1. well baba vusa hamuna pfungwa..if zanu pf is divided,it would neccessarily mean the votes will be translated to us the opposition but where zanu was supposed to get 30% sezvichaitika this time it would be 15% and the other 15 ku NPF .then isu ve opposition tokudyai ne 55%

  14. Comment…we want to look the way forward,they is nothing to do with the past it is over.Zimbabweans what we need is to live in a better inviroment.We are not interested in choosing people if things has changed let’s copy.

    1. well baba vusa hamuna pfungwa..if zanu pf is divided,it would neccessarily mean the votes will be translated to us the opposition but where zanu was supposed to get 30% sezvichaitika this time it would be 15% and the other 15 ku NPF .then isu ve opposition tokudyai ne 55%

  15. Comment…ed not fit to rule zim

  16. Comment…no change since changes in zim shame prices are up hamheno///

  17. How many ordinary voters care about what Mugabe says in order that this causes a split in the votes?
    Don’t give the man credit for what he is not capable of.
    He won elections through Mnangagwa and the military, and it is time they also enjoyed the fruits of their own labour. The coup failed to remove the man. Fear of the consequences of impeachment, including losing pension and other benefits, did the trick.

  18. K (Ken) R Sharpe

    This is Ken Sharpe. Chairman of Augur and West Properties in Harare.
    My companies have concluded a number of important national projects under the guidance and leadership of minister Chombo including the airport road in Harare officially commissioned by the President Mugabe. We are currently working on the construction of our flagship project- the Mall of Zimababwe.

    The attacks on the democratically elected president Mugabe by an illicit Mnangawa cabal is a malicious and well calculated attack on our democracy. We should NEVER accept this attempt to steal our hardwon independence.
    Mnangagwa and his regime came to power as a result of a military coup, which is illegal and should be rejected by all Zimbabweans.
    Mnangawa personally has the blood of the Matabele people on his hands.
    Have you forgotten this? These crimes can never be forgotten or forgiven.

    We need to repent for our sinful ways and pray to restore president Mugabe to his rightful place as a president of Zimbabwe and hold a free and fair elections!!!

    My companies and I strongly support cde Mugabe who came forward critisising the illigality of Mnagagwa’s “government “ and the way our leader and elder has been treated.

    Ken Sharpe
    Augur Investments

    1. Well said Ken Sharpe. President Mugabe is the rightful and democratically elected leader of our country and it is him to hold elections. An illegitimate ED can not.
      Afterall President Mugabe has by far grassroots support.

    2. Absolutely, Ken Sharpe. President Mugabe is the legitimate leader.

  19. Divine intervention

    A fossil called robert matibili is now a thing of the past may it rest in pieces.

  20. Rest on peace Mugabe the deads don’t comes back to life

  21. has Zimbabwe really moved on? Or it’s just a few number of people.

  22. Mugabe must rest in piss. I agree.

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