Mnangagwa calls for unity, inclusivity

HARARE – President-in-waiting Emmerson Mnangagwa returned home yesterday to lead a country that is so desperate for unity and fresh ideas after enduring 37 years of largely unfulfilled dreams under Robert Mugabe who was forced to resign on Tuesday.

Mnangagwa, who had been in self-imposed exile following his sacking by Mugabe from both government and Zanu PF, will become Zimbabwe’s second executive president when he is sworn in tomorrow.

Yesterday, thousands of ordinary Zimbabweans, led by Zanu PF supporters thronged the Robert Mugabe International Airport before they were redirected to the nearby Manyame military base, to receive the president-designate.

Blowing vuvuzelas and honking car hooters, the large crowds were a little disappointed when they were told Mnangagwa was due to arrive later in the day as he was still in South Africa.

Mnangagwa had earlier paid a courtesy call on South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria before flying back home to cheering crowds which lined up streets to cap a fast-paced week which had appeared to end miserably after Mugabe had ignored massive demonstrations and passed on the chance to resign during a live television broadcast.

In his evening address to thousands who swamped the Zanu PF headquarters, Mnangagwa pledged to build a better Zimbabwe by providing much-needed jobs and mending relations with the some of the world’s super powers.

“I urge myself to be your servant. I appeal to all genuine patriotic Zimbabweans to come together, we work together, no one is more important than the other. We are all Zimbabweans.

“We grow our economy. We want peace in our country. We want jobs. We need the cooperation of our friends in Sadc. We need the cooperation of the continent of Africa. We need the cooperation of our friends outside the continent. That we shall achieve. I am already receiving messages of cooperation and support for us to grow our economy,” Mnangagwa told the huge crowd.

“God in heaven is the one who knows. He is the one, who leads his nation. He is the one who loves his people. When His people speak like you have spoken, then God has spoken,” he added.

Mnangagwa, who will fulfill his long-held dream of succeeding Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s only second leader when he takes oath of office tomorrow, is expected to deliver his official speech to the nation after his inauguration.

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda announced the swearing-in ceremony yesterday.

“Accordingly, Parliament has informed the chief secretary to the office of the President and Cabinet of the nomination of Mnangagwa as the nominee in order for him to make the necessary administrative arrangements for the taking of the oath of President as provided for in section 94 as read with the third schedule of the Constitution,” Mudenda said.

“The chief secretary ... Misheck Sibanda, is making the necessary arrangements for the swearing in of the coming president Mnangagwa. I am advised that the swearing-in ceremony is planned for Friday, November 24. Details will be provided later by the relevant authorities.”

Mudenda said the replacement of Mugabe was being done in accordance with provisions of the Constitution.

“Furthermore, I have received a letter from the Zanu PF, in terms of paragraph 14(4) (b) as read paragraph (5) of part 4 of the sixth schedule to the Constitution of Zimbabwe which provides as follows: “(4) Notwithstanding section 101 but subject to subparagraphs (5) and (6), if the person elected president in any election referred to in subparagraph (1) dies, resigns or is removed from office,” he said.

The Constitution provides that the vacancy in the office of president must be filled by a nominee of the political party which the president represented when he or she stood for election which in this case is Zanu PF.

The curtain fell on Mugabe on Tuesday after a tumultuous week in which he lost his grip on power following a military bloodless intervention which led to several detentions of his former allies in the Generation 40 cabal.

The long-serving nonagenarian was facing increasing pressure due to a wave of public discontent which culminated large gatherings in the capital last Saturday.

Last Sunday, the 93-year-old was booted from Zanu and replaced by Mnangagwa as the leader of the former liberation movement — paving way for the 75-year-old to take over the reins at government level — as the same meeting nominated him for Mugabe’s national post.

Mugabe’s iron-like grip on power slipped on November 15 when the military launched the intervention which saw them overrunning the State broadcaster and placing the longtime Zimbabwean leader under house arrest.

The operation triggered a chain of events which ended with Mugabe’s long-awaited resignation on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a lot is expected of Mnangagwa’s presidency with political analysts and opposition groups hoping for him to form an inclusive government.

Professor of World Politics at the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London in the United Kingdom, Stephen Chan, said it was important for Mnangagwa to form a government of national unity.

“I would like him to form a coalition . . . to put the best economic brains from both sides onto his front bench. By that, I mean both (former Finance ministers) Tendai Biti and Patrick Chinamasa should be given economic planning roles.

“The Zimbabwean economy is in a very deep hole. There is no quick fix. You don’t need politicians pretending they’re magicians. You need people who have earned some credibility from doing this job before,” said Chan.

Respected former Cabinet minister David Coltart said Mnangagwa’s Tuesday statement in which he appeared to leave the door open for a possible unity government was a good start.

“Mnangagwa’s statement — an interesting document — a key point is that he states that Zanu PF cannot transform Zimbabwe alone which is correct. It also speaks of the need to respect democracy. It is early days yet but let us give credit where it’s due — it’s a good start,” said Coltart

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu told the Daily News that the statement appeared to suggest there was a plan to include the opposition in the new government.

“There have been informal talks taking place for a very long time now under the forum of the Zimbabwe Institute. However, I am not aware of any formal and more structured talks.

“It’s too early to tell. Zanu PF desperately needs total and complete transformation from a commandist and one-centre-of-power outfit into a modern and progressive political formation. They say ED is a technocrat and that he will be more business savvy and accommodative compared to his immediate predecessor. Only time will tell,” Gutu told the Daily News.

Comments (14)

all calls for inclusivity must be treated witha pinch of salt! morgan must let ed run his show till end of term than we boot him out at the ballot!

SaManyika Chaiye - 23 November 2017

How does he propose to square that circle given that he is a square peg in around hole, having attained power unconstitutionally through a military coup after being 'defeated politically' using laws & rules he ED constructed? His friends in the military junta went on to illegally arrest and detain all those who were in the faction that defeated him. They have made it clear that only those with liberation war can protect the legacy of their looting and crimes.

Lt General - 23 November 2017

Tose tose lets be one family tonyaradzana ....all political parties join the peoples president that God gave us its our only hope. he himselve survive death several times including poisonning so let welcome our father with all our hands and prepare for the development of our nation as a family and at the moment put aside our political ,our regionalism,our tribalism and all those divicive evil strategies in the name of democracy rather we must have 10 years of reforming and bringing the family zimbabwe as one before we start fighing in the name of democracy that never exist but on enrich few street politicians against the suffering masss lets put all our attention to work as one family rather than having so many political parties rather develope africa democracy that encourage individual potential than political parties/groups.All of us must compete as individual under one political party rather than so man divicive elements in the name of democracy and distroy peace indirectly to our beloved county zimbabwe

dofo - 23 November 2017

Even Mugabe during his time has never has so made bodyguards

truth - 23 November 2017

varipedyo nababa wedu va EC Munangagwa waudzei kuti VAsakangana kudeedza Vana wari all over the GLOBE KUTI HUYAI KUMUSHA ALL ALL FROM CHINA,UK, AMARICA,SA AND ALL OVER/ETC.Musika wakabva mr mugabe pachigaro vanhu vese vakaita mapungwe wachifara kuti tasunungurwa new zimbabwe has finaly come.Please pass the message kune vari padyo nababa vamunangagwa vafonerei muvayeuchidze Vana vakamirira izwi rawo kuti paperwork irege kunetsa .......uye vanhu kana mapinda mangwana wanoda kumbopemberera nemaparties tichifarira our new zimbabwe president......munhu vese kongonya kufara baba vati i will be the servent of the people.

dofo - 23 November 2017

Inclusivity yet he talks about: vanovukura isu tichingotonga kusvika riinhi, etc. That's not a speech from a democrat. The people of Zimbabwe determine how long you can govern not ZANU. Before you know it all Mugabe portraits in schools and banks are replaced with ED. Eish

Moe Syslack - 23 November 2017

vakoma zvekarere ngezvekare speech ngeyekare .chodiwa ngatigashire baba nemufaro takabatana tese.....iwo wakambotizawo wani.......chodiwa rufaro mukoma nekuregerera podiwa kuripwa poripwa vakoma toda african democracy as way foward not chinese ,american or western or asian or what ever.....African democracy is for individual potential not political /group democracy that have killed our country lets work over 5 years as one inclusive gvt and put all all reforms one line and trust each other from village level ,school level and community level and then after that we start political parties after 5-10 years .street politicians and lack of trust have distroyed our beloved country.The current political parties join baba and form inclusive gvt no rush to voting ........baba iposition wakadzoswa time dzekuve opposition ndidzo dzakasiyana chete some 1 week,some 2 week etc kkkkk some 17 years now let come to the common ground wake up mazimbo. This is the best deal God provides us lets welcome it with all our hands and welcome baba wedu wa ED munangagwa.

dofo - 23 November 2017

Who is this @dofo guy? ED is not by any stretch of imagination a people's president. He is a president for a faction of Zanu PF supported by the army. The people did not vote for him but his faction nominated him. Lets not try to put him on a pedestal. When the people have voted for him in a free and fair election then he becomes a people's president. Even the ordinary people in Zanu PF were not involved in his selection.

Inyika - 23 November 2017

Hehe dofo, slow down! You are getting into overdrive, too excited about Mnangagwa. Pliz note, its the BULLET that has facilitated his ascendency and also on account of Mugabe resigning. He has not been elected yet by the PEOPLE of Zimbabwe. Let the due process of FREE AND FAIR elections take place in 2018, for a PEOPLE BALLOT CHOICE of leader of Zimbabwe. If its him, or whoever, that fine. OK Dofo!!

Will Blackman - 24 November 2017

Tinemishonga yechivanhu yakawanda yakasiyana siyana inorapa nekubatsira matambudziko ekushaya mbereko,shuga, mafibroids of any size, kuwedzera nguva pabonde kwana baba, kukudza nhengo mumazuva gumi,zvirwere zvepabonde nekudzinga mweya yakaipa.fonai pa 0714066125 kuti munzwe zvakawanda.Tinodhilivhara pachena muharare

sekuru - 24 November 2017

Army rules Zim.Mnagwagwa is not my President haana kuvhoterwa by the people of Zimbabwe akaiswa ne army through coup.

Tete guchu - 24 November 2017

From Monday ,Ngwena its time for work.Nomore mhururu.ECONOMY. Show your seriouseness by inviting Strive Masiiwa back for a one on one talk with him.He is a hero chased into exile.Bring back all business people ,James Makamba and PLEASE TALK TO MUTUMWA MAWERE and resolve his issue for Shabanie to start producing.The economy need Oligopolists like him to move.Start with local investors.Then grow it.AND PLEASE SHOW US WHAT GORV MANGUDYA IS CAPABLE OF.I think he is a pretender.

viola gwena - 24 November 2017

Mangudya killed half of our economy with his Bond note.Can he explain the advantages postedby the bond noteon 1] Extenalities from SA. 2]OPPOTUNITY COSTS on investments. 3] Graphically the gains for the economy since the adoption of the BOND NOTE, not coin. PLEASE.

viola gwena - 24 November 2017

warume ...warume.... hamuna kudzidza here pane zvakaitika........democracy yenyu I say lets unite free and fair election to please who.......WHAT IF IT CAN FURTHER DIVIDE OUR PEOPLE AND OPEN OLD WOUNDERS I thank we need a referendum on this ...we cant keep on talking on elections etc to me its not good for the ordinary people and only benefits politicians.........and instead focus of developing our country and uniting our people and come up with brigades that MDC president promised 2013 village by village bulding houses and all sort of developements that are actually tangible development activities than the rallies....ralliies and singing guys woke up ...wake up......politicians are wasting our time lets have a good start....baba vakambotizawo and survives several deaths attempt now....is back to the top seat its a sign that that he value other people life and those new politician or what ever never get and suceed in the same test how do we trust them when campaigneng what they will telling people is true......Iam trying to be polite the president baba nvited had promised inclusivity and opposition shoud factor in and eraborate their willingness for peace and work as a nation chances for a unity gvt are high.....way it seems others want to work alone why...want to hide or do ....unity gvt is also transparent for our nation.......follow brothers take out foreign democracy of political parties/groups and develop individual potential .......as we can initiate to tracy......individual,from school,village,community and credebility than street politician who even lack the trust of people end up widenning the gap in dividing our people which I feel must stop now now........

dofo - 24 November 2017

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