Mnangagwa determined to go it alone- says opposition should be happy to be in opposition


While there is talk that Mnangagwa is trying to get a two-thirds majority for his party so that they can amend the constitution and give him a third term, Mnangagwa is quite aware that this is his second and final term. He has a legacy to build and protect. He knows quite well that his predecessor Robert Mugabe almost destroyed his legacy by overstaying. 

But no matter what people might say about Mugabe, no one can steal away from him the fact that he did what no other leader in history has done, giving land back to its native people.

Mnangagwa wants to be the leader who revolutionised the economy, brick by brick and stone upon stone, using the country’s own resources. He has only five more years to do that and will not brook any detractors.

A government of national unity or transitional authority or fresh elections will derail that dream.

The last time ZANU-PF entered into a government of national unity, its leader, Robert Mugabe, had lost to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. The party had won fewer seats in Parliament than the opposition.

Mnangagwa beat opposition leader NelsonChamisa in last month’s elections. His party won 63 more seats than the opposition CCC.

Mnangagwa, therefore, has no reason to take in the opposition. Instead, he is starting to market his administration to the United Nations General Assembly, the very platform that Mugabe used to put himself and Zimbabwe on the map.

“Currently the UNGA is sitting and I will be leaving Zimbabwe on Monday (tomorrow)  leading my delegation. We shall speak our mind at the Assembly. Wherever we are we should speak our mind. We must please ourselves,” 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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