Mnangagwa says cleanliness unites people


President Emmerson Mnangagwa today said Zimbabweans must adopt a culture of keeping their country clean because cleanliness unites people.

Speaking at Parirenyatwa hospital where he was cleaning up with several senior government and party officials, Mnangagwa said cleanliness makes people love each other.

“You cannot, when you are a very smart, clean in body and mind, think badly against your neighbour,” he said.

“You always think that whatever is wrong you can talk to your neighbour nicely and resolve issue nicely.”

Mnangagwa said God loves people that are united and pours his blessings to such people.

Zimbabweans have to strive for this kind of unity because it brings about progress as is shown in Rwanda where the government have started similar campaigns.

Mnangagwa is currently under pressure to talk to opposition leaders, especially Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa to resolve the crisis the country is currently facing.

The President, however, said he had never refused to talk to Chamisa but he must first recognise him as the President otherwise the talks would be illegitimate.

“I have never refused to talk and that is why after I came into office, you have seen me talking to all people from students, industry, the church, political parties and even traditional leaders. We continue to talk for the good of our country and my door is open. I, however, do not understand how he (Chamisa) would want to talk to me when he claims I am illegitimate. It implies that the talks will be illegitimate,” he was quoted by Newsday as saying.

Chamisa insists that he won last year’s elections and therefore the first point to talk about is Mnangagwa’s legitimacy.


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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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