Mnangagwa speaks on Mugabe threats

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has washed his hands off the threats that were made by President Robert Mugabe against war veterans and the generality of the population who are challenging his disastrous 36-year rule.

In his response to a court application by prominent anti-government activist Promise Mkwananzi, calling on Mugabe to step down on the grounds that the 92-year-old is now a threat to Zimbabwe’s Constitution, Mnangagwa tried to stay clear of the thorny issues that were raised.

Among a litany of allegations raised by Mkwananzi, who has been arrested several times for participating in anti-Mugabe demonstrations, is that the nonagenarian is now threatening peace-loving Zimbabweans who dare criticise him.

However, responding to Mkwananzi’s averments, Mnangagwa said he was unable to comment on some of the allegations being raised, including those of threatening peace.

“I have no knowledge of what applicant (Mkwananzi) alleges . . . and deny it. Applicant is expressing his opinion and I am unable to comment. I have no knowledge of whether the words alleged were the precise words uttered by the first respondent (Mugabe) and put the applicant to the proof thereof,” Mnangagwa said.

Mkwananzi, who maintains that Mugabe is no longer fit to be the country’s president, cited the nonagenarian and Justice minister Mnangagwa, as first and second respondents respectively.

In the past few months, Zimbabweans have been turning the heat on Mugabe, accusing him of failing to respect the country’s Constitution as well as failing to come up with sound economic policies.

Faced with a wave of protests, that show no signs of ending, Mugabe has threatened his opponents with violence or jail.

Addressing his supporters at the burial of his former chief secretary Charles Utete in July this year, Mugabe threatened to crush war veterans and church leaders if they continued challenging his rule.

This followed similar attacks he made in June on war veterans, who are allegedly linked to Mnangagwa’s presidential bid.

“The dissidents tried it, they were war veterans and you know what happened. Lots of trouble, lots of fighting, lots of suffering of course to our people, and these dissents activities cannot be allowed.

“Do we see another rise of dissident activity? The leadership with our experience says no for a war veterans association, it’s not your function; it’s not your business to talk a lot on who shall succeed the president.

“Dissident activities cannot be allowed; it ended in December 1987 when Joshua Nkomo and I put our hands together and our hearts together to say never again shall we allow this to happen,” Mugabe said then.

However, Mkwananzi castigated Mugabe over the statements, which he said should never come from a president.

“This unconstitutional and un-president like verbal onslaught reached alarming levels on the 19th of July 2016 at the burial of . . . . Utete where the 1st respondent (Mugabe)  said that anyone who does not think like them is not a part of this country and should leave and go and stay in countries that tolerate such.

“I now live in a nation where I cannot criticise my president for fear of those who support him or his faction. If anyone criticises the 1st respondent, there is a march or rally that is arranged in solidarity with the first respondent to denounce the criticism and threaten such person,” said Mkwananzi.

In his court application, Mkwananzi also said that “this court does not expect people to appear before it when they are dripping with the blood of the actual infringement of their rights or those who are shivering incoherently with the fear of the impending threat which has actually engulfed them. This court will entertain even those who calmly perceive a looming infringement and issue a declaration or appropriate order to stave the threat,” a statement that Mnangagwa agreed to.

Responding to Mkwananzi’s statement that Mugabe is now threatening “the very same citizen that voted him into power” Mnangagwa said, “I admit contents of this paragraph but deny that there has been unchecked and institutionalised abuse of State power and resources for the first 20 years of our independence and put applicant to the strict proof thereof.”

According to Mkwananzi, Mugabe has among other things failed to promote peace and is “now the chief threat to these ideals”.

He said Mugabe and his party control the police and is using them as agents of torture, but further argued that the defence forces are supposed to be non-partisan.

“He actually uses them as a guarantee to his political party . . . he is abusing his office as commander-in-chief of the defence forces to subvert the Constitution.

“He has gone to the extent of treating citizens as enemies if they don’t agree with him,” he said, adding that Mugabe has failed to meet several of his promises, including the creation of at least 2,2 million jobs.

Mnangagwa, however, could not directly respond to these issues raised by Mkwananzi, but instead said the pro-democracy activist simply hates Mugabe.

“Whilst these allegations are directed at the first respondent, I deny that the averments are factually correct and I aver the applicant is being merely morbid in his criticism of the first respondent. I find that applicant is being extravagant with his allegations against the first respondent. The language employed by applicant suggests that he harbours a deep-seated hatred of the first respondent and it would appear that is what has motivated this application.”

Comments (21)

What will happen if Mugabe is found guilty???? Because the truth is,,he is guilty of all he is being accused of

matsotsi - 21 September 2016

@matsotsi,what an idiot yu are,how can the president be found guilt?is he under criminal trial?dont expose your shallowness on public platforms

truth - 21 September 2016

@matstsi u are dull

Gagai - 21 September 2016

Actually its the two of you @truth and @Gagai who dully enough not to see beyond Mugabe's old wrinkled butt. If you can't observe what has gone wrong for long then you are dullest and shallow minded individuals in this whole white world.

Chasura - 21 September 2016

Falsehood, truth,what ever u call yrself,,u are the most stupid human.Mugabe is guilty of everything bad or evil happening in our country. He threatened violance against his opponents, the same crime they accused #Tajamuka,Mawarire.Is he God??Tell me the reason why he should carry on intimidating people&brutalise them just because he is the President. U fools,,u support evil simply because u gain something from it.One day u will pay for all the atrocities u committed. U don't even feel shame by posting that nonsense. U shall Rotty in hell,,only time will tell

matsotsi - 21 September 2016

If found guilty he should step down for subverting the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. If he doesn't its the citizens' turn to subvert the Constitution then we see where it all ends. People who blindly support Mugabe do not have 10 year plans.

Sagitarr - 21 September 2016

By the way,the court application stated that,the applicant wants Mugabe to step down because he is a threat to Zimbabweans.&that's is true,,so can u call that innocent?A president can not turn against the people simply because they are raising issues against him,instead he must take them into consideration. This simply means that he is no longer fits to be a leader

matsotsi - 21 September 2016

By the way,the court application stated that,the applicant wants Mugabe to step down because he is a threat to Zimbabweans.&that's is true,,so can u call that innocent?A president can not turn against the people simply because they are raising issues against him,instead he must take them into consideration. This simply means that he is no longer fits to be a leader

matsotsi - 21 September 2016

Is the V president scared of RG He cant even reassure citizens about their problems whilst the president is away Its like everyone in ZANU is under a spell that cant be broken This allegiance to such a man is scary It shows if RG goes we cant expect change as long as ZANU is ruling You all need to go Every sane person dislikes Mugabe He is a dictator a fascist Even NON Zimbabweans share the same sentiments Mugabe Well done President Khama for speaking out because the other southern country leaders are scared of the man Are you saying citizens of Zimbabwe don't have genuine issues with the way Zimbabwe is being run People are protesting for no reason We don't have jobs.no health system and we certainly can not afford Singapore We are hungry Is that not genuine enough now you say P Mkwanadzi hates Mugabe personally You really take citizens for fools Emmerson you appear more intelligent than your response How can we even trust you to succeed RG You all need to go

Naphiri Chisayi - 21 September 2016

Truth is a ZANU baboon waiting to just through bricks at Mugabe critics

Peter - 22 September 2016

Kunzima

legend of elegance - 22 September 2016

the Vp can not be expected to answer ,for statements that he did not utter.it is even unfair to expect him to riddicule his excellence for the alleged threats on citizen which the applicant can not prove.if the constitution was not being upheld the applicant would not be able drag the vp to the courts on matters that involve the president of the land.

vivazim - 23 September 2016

None are more blind than those who refuse to see--------the days of zanu are over-long live Zimbabwe. Long live true Democracy.

Sukuru - 23 September 2016

All you are not honest with yourself, the Constitution says you choose your Government through elections and its unconstitutional to want to remove a sitting constitutionally elected Government. The wrong of Mugabe should be exposed in an Election to prove all Zimbabweans no longer want Mugabe not kumutuka kwamunoita uku. Ityai Mwari. Mwari havakupei zvamunoda chete, anopawo zvaanoda iye kuti muve nazvo

muzukuru - 24 September 2016

We know who 'truth' is. I doubt if there is much of anything in his head. He has been brainwashed by Mugabe to a point where he does not even recognise his own parents. he is basically out of his mind

IsheZimuto - 25 September 2016

What a COMMENT from ISHE ZIMUTO. We know who 'truth' is. I doubt if there is much of anything in his head. He has been brainwashed by mugabe toa poitn where he does not even recognise his own parents. He is basically out of his mind. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

deodoner - 26 September 2016

What a COMMENT from ISHE ZIMUTO. We know who 'truth' is. I doubt if there is much of anything in his head. He has been brainwashed by mugabe toa poitn where he does not even recognise his own parents. He is basically out of his mind. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

deodoner - 26 September 2016

@truth is an anus that top zanoids use to excrete

Benito - 26 September 2016

The old man has done his part.He should ,at this juncture ,hand over the the presidential stick to a vibrant macho-man who can rescue us from this quagmire that this satanic man has thrust us into.

Totorito - 26 September 2016

Mugabe should never be allowed the future at ransom we have a life to live and he should allow us the space to enjoy the freedom and the vast opportunities that this country offers we would also want enjoy the luxuries as they do. We are prepared to lay our lives for the cause of this nation we have said no to poverty , unemployment corruption and never again shall we live in fear of any man simply because he is the president ,president all over the world are criticised and demonstrations are carried and its nothing unique to you .The bottom line is address the economic mess we are in , all we are craving for is an equal space for survival

MSU STUDENT - 27 September 2016

Mugabe should never be allowed the future at ransom we have a life to live and he should allow us the space to enjoy the freedom and the vast opportunities that this country offers we would also want enjoy the luxuries as they do. We are prepared to lay our lives for the cause of this nation we have said no to poverty , unemployment corruption and never again shall we live in fear of any man simply because he is the president ,president all over the world are criticised and demonstrations are carried and its nothing unique to you .The bottom line is address the economic mess we are in , all we are craving for is an equal space for survival

MSU STUDENT - 27 September 2016

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