Emmerson Mnangagwa praised Mugabe as National Hero
Former Zimbabwean vice-president Emerson Mnangagwa is sworn in a president of the Republic of Zimbabwe three days after President Robert Mugabe, one of the most respected African liberation fighter that ushered Zimbabwe into independence, announced his resignation.
Robert Mugabe resigned after the military took control of the palace. It happened after the former vice president was fired and fled the country to South Africa in what appeared to be a move to position president Robert Mugabe’s corrupt wife,Grace, to the position of the presidency.
However, the military commanders remained deferential to President Mugable although ZANU PF party demanded that Mugabe to resign.
Emmerson Mnanggwa’s swearing in ceremony was held at the National Stadium in Harare which was packed to capacity. He has a tendency to engage the international community while making “democratic changes” locally
During his speech, the president said, cited by Zimbabwe Herald, the following :
- “Let us not, therefore, allow criminal elements bent on destabilising the peace and tranquillity prevailing in our country, by either settling political scores or social scores outside the ambit of the law. We are all Zimbabweans and let us be exemplary as we work towards the consolidation of our unity and the prosperity of our nation.”
Regarding President Mugabe, he said that he will remain his father and mentor.
- “Let me at this stage pay special tribute to one of, and the only surviving father of our nation, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. He led us in our struggle for national independence and assumed responsibilities of leadership at the formative and very challenging time in the birth of our nation. That is to be lauded and celebrated for all times”
Mnangagwa himself was part of the liberation struggle and he was, like Mugabe, arrested. After liberation he served in different ministerial capacity and later as vice-president. Zimbabweans nick-named him as “Crocodile”
Source : The Zimbabwe Herald
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s speech is also available on ZANU PF party website.
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