Mnangagwa's full statement

HARARE - My attention has been drawn to the Press Statement issued by the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga.

I can confirm that President Robert Gabriel Mugabe made contact with me and invited me to return home for a discussion on the current political events in the nation. I told the President that I would  not return home now until I am satisfied of my personal security, because of   the   manner and treatment given to me  upon being  fired.

Given the events that followed my dismissal on Monday 6 November  2017 at 4.00pm, my security details assigned to me and at my residency were immediately withdrawn. This was contrary to all the protocols that have exited in Zimbabwe to former State Vice Presidents of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Security personnel, who are friendly to me, warned me that plans were underfoot to eliminate me once arrested and taken to a police station. It was in my security interest to leave the  country immediately.

In my contact with President Mugabe I told the President that the current political and constitutional crisis in the country is not a matter between him and myself but between the people of Zimbabwe and President Mugabe.

The people of Zimbabwe have clearly spoken on this matter. To me the voice of the people is the voice of God and their lack of trust and confidence in the leadership of President Mugabe has been  expressed.

Several groups including students, general workers, opposition party members, vendors, religious organizations and ordinary citizens led by our war veterans, our party members in Zanu PF, civic  society, and all races of colour and creed in Zimbabwe clearly demonstrated without violence their insatiable desire to have the resignation of His Excellency, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. This was        done   on   the   following   dates:

•The mass solidarity demonstrations led by the War Veterans on Saturday   18th   November   2017,

• The fully legally constituted Special Session of the CC culminating in resolutions which were taken by the Session on Sunday 19 November   2017, 

• and the resolution by the ZANU PF Parliamentary Caucus on Monday 20th November 2017 to institute impeachment proceedings against the President are testimony that the President has lost the trust   and   confidence   of   the   people   of   Zimbabwe. 

The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy.

The ZDF Intervention through the Motto code named  “OPERATION RESTORE LEGACY”  is aimed at preserving the ethos of our struggle against British Colonialism which was led by the late Dr. J M N Nkomo, Cde Robert Mugabe and many others.

This fight included a struggle for social and economic empowerment which is all but lost now due to reasons clearly stated in the Impeachment Call by Zanu Pf Members of Parliament.

The legacy or our struggle to unite the land with the people and the people with their land championed by our  war veterans and our people defended by the gallant fighters of the Defence Forces, Civil Servants, The Judiciary and our Government can be saved if His Excellency choses to do the right thing.

His Excellency, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe has always said that if the people don't want him he will leave office, now that they have spoken he must now ACCEPT the will of the people and resign. President Mugabe in his televised State of the Nation Address admitted to a number of a latent           disregard to the interest of the people and dereliction of duty, surely after making such an admission common sense dictates that it should have been followed by an apology and immediate resignation to save the legacy of our struggle.

As promised in my last communication I will be returning home as soon as the right conditions for   security and stability prevail.

I look forward to returning home soon and to join in the struggle for the economic revival of our country which is so endowed with Agriculture, Industrial and Commerce, and Mining Opportunities and with a richhuman resource bedrock to support our endeavours.

My desire is to join all Zimbabweans in a  NEW ERA where corruption, incompetency, dereliction of duty and laziness, social and cultural decadency is not tolerated. In that new Zimbabwe it is important for everyone to join hands so that we rebuild this nation to its full glory, this is not a job for Zanu PF alone but for all people of Zimbabwe.

In my conversation with the president I told him that there are two options, that is (a) to cooperate in the current negotiations with comrades from the defence forces for a peaceful resolution of this crisis, which would result in the preservation of his legacy. (b) that if he continues to dig in, in defiance of the will of the people, he might suffer humiliation because definitely the will of the people will prevail against one person.          

He requested me to come to State House, and l replied that l was out of the country, and that he had already removed my status as the vice president of the country, as such I had no status, however, l can only come at the invitation of my colleagues in the party and of the defence forces, when they   feel that my security is guaranteed.

I am aware that parliament intends to impeach the president. Parliament is the ultimate expression of the will of the people outside an election and in my view is expressing national sentiment by implementing the Impeachment Proceedings therefore talks between myself and the President cannot supercede the expression and fundamental rights of fellow Zimbabweans.

l am aware that the nation at large has been protesting against the incumbent and I believe they have a right to protest in terms of our constitution.

I am also aware that the party has passed resolutions in terms of the party constitution. They have a right to do so. I will not stand in the way of the people and my party.

I will go along with the wishes of my party and general population.

In conclusion, the destiny of our country is in the hands of our people and His Excellency must heed the call of the people to resign.

God bless Zimbabwe.

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa

Comments (11)

Well said President, let the will of the people of Zimbabwe prevail, their voice on Saturday was loud and unequivocally clear to everyone, including the rude, defiant and arrogant Mugabe to whom they were directed. We all look forward to your coming back and lead us from this dawn of a new era going forward. I heard he summoned Zanu PF parliamentarians and MPs the State House this morning... to do/say what???? and in what capacity????

john - 21 November 2017

Well said President, let the will of the people of Zimbabwe prevail, their voice on Saturday was loud and unequivocally clear to everyone, including the rude, defiant and arrogant Mugabe to whom they were directed. We all look forward to your coming back and lead us from this dawn of a new era going forward. I heard he summoned Zanu PF parliamentarians and MPs to the State House this morning... to do/say what???? and in what capacity????

john - 21 November 2017

Operation Restore ED - there hasnt been ORDER in Zim since 1980 - only forced silence. ED will be restored status quo maintained warvets will be welcomed back on the feeding table and citizenry will continue wallowing in abject poverty.

sinyo - 21 November 2017

It appears the paragrapgh where ED accepted his selection as Interim leader of Zanu PF is missing from this statement. Was this deliberate or otherwise

Timothy Thorton - 21 November 2017

ed is only acceptable if he can quickly make wholesome reforms in the kantry & ensure that at least the economy goes back to the pre-war vets grants or pre-drc payouts days! he must ensure that corruption is reduced substantially, the police improve how they work, sanity is brought back in all towns & cities among a lot of things that improve the standard of life! without that, he is still a typical zanu pursuing his factional agenda and the opposition must get ready to take-over at the forthcoming election!

SaManyika Chaiye - 21 November 2017

hapana reform imboitwa nembiti iyi. only that zimbos are too cowardly, gullible and directionless!!! why can he do for us at 75 that he failed to do all along?

josphat mugadzaweta - 21 November 2017

Iko kunzi crocodile kurevei, a leader being associated with such a ruthless creature, mudyi we vanhu. Isu maZimbabweans ngatingware. We cannot allow people who were part of the rot in Zanu PF to tell us today kuti vanotida. We all know what this is all about, ED nehungwena hwake. Let us be smart about this whole thing, and make sure Zimbabwe will have real change, the creation of a transformative environment that allows all people equal opportunities and equal distribution of our wealth. We cannot help some people so that tomorrow they again hold the country to ransom on the basis of a coup they stage to remove the same person they were protecting all these years. Right now ma War vets think kuti all Zimbabweans should wait until they are all dead kuti vasina kuenda kuhondo vawane opportunity yekutonga. In fact if we let that happen vana ve ma War vets will be singing the same lousy song , that ana baba vedu nana mai vedu fought for this country. Who did not fight? inga wani right now you have realised kuti you need the masses to remove Mugabe, saka imimi munozo rasika papi all the time? Please mese Zanu just go, we are sick and tired of manyepo enyu.

Tongogara - 21 November 2017

@Josephat, then ed is another joyce just but cacooned by the army! so the plc nid to let lacoste do its thing alone!!

SaManyika Chaiye - 21 November 2017

this msg was well said i applaud ED.I thot he was going to run into the hands of his enemy.Apa at least he has shown kuva GAMBA vo for sure.Mugabe is not worth listening to ,all i need from him is his resgnation thats it zvese zvekusweroyita ngano dzana Tsuro naGudo like he is doing is just irritating me.End Mugabe zvakakwan , its like he is raping vanhu veZimbabwe , we are saying HATICHAKUDE IYE IS CONTINUING KUTI NDIDEYI NDIDEYI CHETE.Please Robert just go and vonotamba nemuzukuru.

richard - 21 November 2017

this msg was well said i applaud ED.I thot he was going to run into the hands of his enemy.Apa at least he has shown kuva GAMBA vo for sure.Mugabe is not worth listening to ,all i need from him is his resgnation thats it zvese zvekusweroyita ngano dzana Tsuro naGudo like he is doing is just irritating me.End Mugabe zvakakwan , its like he is raping vanhu veZimbabwe , we are saying HATICHAKUDE IYE IS CONTINUING KUTI NDIDEYI NDIDEYI CHETE.Please Robert just go and vonotamba nemuzukuru.

richard - 21 November 2017

this msg was well said i applaud ED.I thot he was going to run into the hands of his enemy.Apa at least he has shown kuva GAMBA vo for sure.Mugabe is not worth listening to ,all i need from him is his resgnation thats it zvese zvekusweroyita ngano dzana Tsuro naGudo like he is doing is just irritating me.End Mugabe zvakakwan , its like he is raping vanhu veZimbabwe , we are saying HATICHAKUDE IYE IS CONTINUING KUTI NDIDEYI NDIDEYI CHETE.Please Robert just go and vonotamba nemuzukuru.

richard - 21 November 2017

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