Let’s break from the past: Mnangagwa


PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on his Zanu PF compatriots to brace for a break from the past, including human rights abuses and electoral chicanery.


Addressing the Zanu PF central committee meeting in Harare yesterday, Mnangagwa said Zanu PF must present a “new face” to the people.

“Let the people see a new face of our party through our good deeds, language and positive energy as we inspire them towards a better tomorrow, towards the Zimbabwe they want. In the new Zimbabwe everyone is free to campaign, to speak their mind and to express themselves, however they choose.

“We must never be distracted from striving towards the ultimate goal, putting our economy back on its feet, bringing jobs to the masses and food on the plates of every Zimbabwean. Meanwhile we should never turn a blind eye to serious violations of people’s rights and interests,” Mnangagwa told cheering party leaders.

During former President Robert Mugabe’s era, Zanu PF was known for flagrantly abusing people’s rights and cheating its way to victory.

“Let us as a leadership of the party commit to work for the satisfaction of the people and correct any of our practices that they are not happy about,” the Zanu PF leader said.

Mnangagwa said he had watched in horror the use of underhand methods by senior party leaders during the Zanu PF primary elections in April, adding this should never repeat itself.

“With regards to the recently held primary elections and our internal democratic process we were exposed to gross shortcomings within our party systems, cadre orientation and grounding. The primary election process, therefore, brought to the fore conduct which is alien to the character and personality of our revolutionary party.

“This includes alleged vote buying, outright manipulation of party procedures, rules and regulations and disregard to the letter and spirit of the constitution of our party. We noted with concern the unbridled ambition demonstrated by some cadres of the party who were prepared to win no matter the costs,” he said.

The opposition has cried foul in every election since the first all-race polls in 1980 that brought majority rule accus8ing the former liberation movement of electoral chicanery, violence and rigging with the 2013 plebiscite the latest in a litany of disputed polls under Mugabe’s watch.

But Mnangagwa promised a break from a past that he admitted Zanu PF cannot just wish it away.

“Ours is a revolutionary party things go according to the rules. We also recognise the need to modernise our party systems in general. While we cannot change the past we must indeed learn from,” he said.

To this end Mnangagwa said he had received a recommendation from the women’s league to create a permanent party administrative structure made up of the secretary for administration, commissar and secretary for finance from all party wings.


  1. you are right Mr. President, much as many Zimbabweans have bought into your noble ideas, most of your own in Zanu Pf still think that you haven’t changed and whatever you do and say in public its so that you hoodwink the public and cheat your way to winning the election as was always the case with Zanu PF. Zanu PF rank and file is letting you down than you being let down by the general public. they need some kind of reorientation training and I think the syllabus at Chitepo School of ideology must change to suit this paradigm shift. because of blind following and misinterpretation of your statements and wisdom,they are decampaigning you big time especially the “makaranga”



  2. Great speech. ED has my vote

  3. This is the speech that we Zimbabweans want to hear from the highest office. I salute you Mr President. Your biggest problem now is to change the mindset of the people in the rural areas. Some people are being forced to attend zanu pf meetings with threats from your comrades. In shona we say vana vembwa havasvinure zuva rimwechete.

  4. Nicodemus Munyanyiwa Mutsvairo

    Kuseri kweguva hakuna muteuro, makanonoka vakomana. Siyayi kushoropodza vamwe nokuti imi muripo matadza. Nhasi murikuda West zvamaiti vapambivhu muchiti kushanda navo hu pupeti.ZTV ne ZBC get rid of the on slough-ting to opposition as one day you will work under their govt. Vamurikubatsira vanowana package iwe kumba usina kana cent.

  5. Talk is cheap. Open up the airwaves. Let the opposition see the current (not a dated version of) the electoral voters’ roll. Get rid of the mysteriously added polling stations. Open up the ballot paper handling process to public scrutiny (maintaining whatever necessary security checks), Get rid of the military (current and “retired”) in ZEC. All easy to do. Then, and only then, we might take you seriously. Otherwise its just PR talk. No independent thinkers still take you seriously.

  6. you talk too much less action 30 July is your last day in office go take care off your grand children let the unstoppable NC take the nation to greater heights…

  7. extended dambudziko kutaura kwausina kuswera yawaiitwa pakwekewe idiki chegore rino uchashaya pekupinda isu maG40 takasizer

  8. ED is a good man at heart, unfortunately he’s in the wrong party & 15 years late to the throne

    1. not true. repentance and apologizing shows a man is serious. at present ed is not saying what the zanu people were doing in the past 38 years. the people who zanu killed still don’t have answers. where was ed and what was he doing is the question. the theft that happened what is he doing about. the moment of madness is not well explained. I don’t like it because ed wants us to sweep things under the carpet. you know when a man called zacchaaus in bible repented he said I will give half of what I stole to the poor and I will repay those I stole from 3 times, but its not so with ed. thank yo for wonderful words president but not enough.

      1. I agree with you. Ed and his govt first & foremost need to apologise to the nation for their past deeds. They should then bring out all they stole & give back to the nation to show their true forgiveness. Once all that is done, we can all but accept their apology & i would for once vote for them

  9. Act on what you say. Not just rhetoric

  10. Act on what you say. Not just rhetoric

  11. Mnangagwa is trying to fool the people whom he thinks are gullible. 38 years is far too long for one party to govern and keep on saying they have changed or are going to change. Fresh people and fresh ideas are needed.

    Why should ordinary people ache to vote for rich ZanuPf land and farm owners/army chiefs?

  12. Voting for Zanu is like voting for my own shit. Viva Nero ramba wakavasona paballot paper ipapo ne voters roll. Toda dzibve n’ganga idzi.

  13. Brilliant words from ED. People change, and I’m convinced ED is a changes man with a new vision who has broken from Mugabe’s ZanuPF. Even in MDC some leaders (Ncube, Biti, Sikhala) dumped the party and condemned it as a dictatorship without direction, and nearly destroyed it, but they are now all queuing back and are now spearheading the MDC campaign.

  14. It is very hard to change characters, ED Mnangagwa is zanu pf’s son,hence 100 days in office is not a joke with changing Mugabe’s adopted constitution. If people don’t know this,then suffers continues zimbabweans.Just talking without implementations is useless as ED Mnangagwa is doing the same systems they have been doing for fucken 38 years on non service delivery. Pasi nemeso nepfungwa dzisina development.

  15. My fellow Zimbabweans, I join-in and add up to Prez. Mnangagwa’s call for us to break from the past.
    Everything that has to do with the old Zanu should be left in the past as we seek to reach greater heights and prosper under the governance of our new leader. This include all forms of divisions on-going and any possible future ones.
    Together with ED, Zimbabwe will become what we envisaged it to be.

  16. The time to move on and focus on the future is now. ED is leading us to the promised land and I plead with all Zanu PF and all Zimbabweans to exercise patience, have patience and let Prez. Mnangagwa lead us to the promised land.
    We can’t hold on to the past if we desire to be a part of the future.

  17. Let’s unite Zimbabwe, let’s unite Zanu PF, let’s focus on the future and rally behind our leader prez, Mnangagwa.
    Let’s leave things of the past for the past. We are going forward in strength and under the leadership of ED.

  18. 1. Calling for a break from electoral chicanery ….. would lead one to ask wether Zanupf won any election since 2000. 2. Britain has an agenda for Zimbabwe; regime change. Wether this is delivered by the MDC or ZANUPF under the so called new dispensation is neither here nor there. The British hated Mugabe’s regime, not Zanupf. 3. Britain wants a leader who is prepred to further its global agenda developed and exported by successive British govts since the 19th century. This has seen the emergence of a plethora of organisations to front this agenda; some political, others of an economic nature. Many Africans and other nationalities have been recruited over the centuries to see such an agenda to fruition. 4. No man has an impeacable history, Mugabe included. However, history will in future show that he was one African who stood resolutely against the tide of British dominance of the so called global community. 5. I hope that the progressive world will not fool itself into believing that neo-colonialism was entered with the likes of Moise Tshombe. Infact, the ism has revolved and re-packaged in glittering and more inticing containers.

  19. Which things from the past would you like to negate and which ones would you like to take into the future. I hope you share with me the sentiment that unresolved issues should be addressed in order to take-off with a clean and clear conscience. Your vote is your secret.

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