How to become president of Zimbabwe


First, you need to be poisoned and you need to survive the poisoning. Next, you need to become a border jumper. Thirdly, you need people like Moyo somewhere, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa who used that route to become the country’s second executive president told Zimbabweans in Namibia yesterday.

But on a more serious note, Mnangagwa who now wants to get his own legitimate mandate through free, fair, credible and transparent elections said Zimbabwe will never be the same again.

 “Let me assure you that Zimbabwe is not the same again and will not be the same again,” he told the Zimbabweans.

“My administration focuses on the following issues, one – unity, unity, unity. Love, love, love.  Work, work and work.

“All Zimbabweans we get united under our national flag and national anthem. We accept that we may have different views about how to run the country and that again, we accept it.

“So, we don’t need violence at all whether with the family or the community or the country. If people differ, differ peacefully. It must be an intellectual difference in terms of approach. That should not be developed into violence. We must accept each other as sisters and brothers determined to develop our country,” he was quoted by The Chronicle as saying.

Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe had more than 27 opposition political parties but they will have no issues to talk about.

“I think we have more than 27 opposition parties in the country but with my focused administration, I hardly see whether they will find ground left behind which I am not taking care of. I said so back home and the response is that, Cde Mnangagwa has taken over our various manifestos. No! My administration addresses the national interests of our country and where the ideas of any opposition party coincides with national interests, that I take on board and it becomes mine and not theirs.

“Secondly, as a party, which is ZANU-PF, we are determined to walk the talk,” he said.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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