ED: The family man

Emmerson Mnangagwa Jnr

Emmerson Mnangagwa Jnr

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
President-designate Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa is a principled, down to earth family man and is committed to the development of the generality of Zimbabweans irrespective of their backgrounds. 

This was said by family members and relatives of the incoming President in separate interviews with The Herald yesterday. Cde Mnangagwa’s son, Emmerson (junior), described his father as a man who stands by his principles even in the face of adversity.

“He is an amazingly principled man. One thing he always said to us, ‘Principles are principles, and always stick to what you believe in. He is a man who spent 10 years in a maximum security prison, including two years in solitary confinement. He faced brutal torture, losing his hearing in one ear and despite all of this, his heart never hardened and he never lost his humanity,” he said.

“He teaches his family through parables. One day when our farm house caught fire, I phoned him and asked for help to get to the farm. He straight away began to tell me the parable about the wise son and the foolish son. He asked me which one I want to be?

“The son who travels five hours to see total destruction and weep? Or the son who finds out how much the bricks and mortar cost to get back to rebuilding the house? He is by definition a teacher. As his son, I have been lucky enough to feel his warmth and wisdom from my first day. Now, I look forward to my brothers and sisters, the Zimbabwean people, experiencing the same,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa’s nephew, Mr Francis Mnangagwa said his uncle always has time for people despite the positions he has held in Government.

“I am grateful that my uncle is becoming President of the country. He is such a humble man and even when we are at our rural home, he finds time for everyone that you would not even tell that he is the man who has held various important positions in Government. He takes part in every event at our rural home and is open to all people. It is his passion for education and development that I think will benefit the country as he assumes the Presidency,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa’s daughter, Mrs Farai Mlotshwa described her father as principled and disciplined.

“He is a disciplined and principled person and is passionate about education. He is so committed to education that he has assisted a lot of people even those he is not related to, to acquire education. He loves his country and its people and as we grew up, he emphasised that as his children, we should appreciate our culture and where we come from,” she said.

Tariro, his daughter, echoed similar sentiments saying her father was a quiet person, but full of wisdom.

“As a father, he allowed me to find who I am as an individual and supported me in everything I did. He wants to see the best out of people. He is a quiet and gentle person, but has a lot of strength and wisdom in his silence,” she said.

Tariro added that her father wanted people to unite and was generous to others as evidenced by the assistance he renders to people, including strangers.

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  • R t nyeke

    Please serve us all this syrupy drivel. It’s vomit inducing and also the same way you bootlicked and slymily licked mugabes criminal mafia mucked shoes.
    Let this ed prove his worth to the severely impoverished of zimbo vanhu.

  • Tari

    You have started….Herald can you not learn…aĺl of sudden Mnangagwa is something special….only last week, you telling us Grace Mugabe is a great unselfish person helping those in need. Stick to relevant news based on facts not this flattery fake news.You want to take us back? Come on!

  • Investor

    Mumborivangani vana vangwena?

  • Sandura1

    My daughter was born in Kwekwe and got a hamper from ED as MP 21 years ago. He is family friendly I confirm.

  • Sandura1

    What ever this man did as minister or what ever portfolio in the past, he was working under command, benefit of the doubt, Now it is the time for him to shine! I know he is going to shine. I am not Zanu excuse me.

    • haiwawo

      Doesn’t work that way. He was not on the periphery but was always deeply embedded and co-strategizing with former Number 1 and the rest of the ZANU PF mob. He even boasted about how people would have their heads separated from their shoulders and it was not an empty boast.

      Tell this nonsense that the past is past to the victims of Gukurahundi or, recently, opposition party members who on his orders were brutalized or worse killed.

      The family can try, and some might even buy into this kool aid, but there is nothing principled about this man and therefore little to celebrate in his ascendancy. RGM did not get his hands dirty and instead had a willing toady, EDM, who sold his soul to do his master’s bidding.

      • Sandura1

        So where do we go from here, Realise, most of these people are in their early or late 70s? A lot of time might be lost crying over spilt milk till these guys die and we continue crying till we also die with the dependants of the atrocities. Let’s move on with life Mr. My father was a victim, I was a victim at age 14 but the worst thing you can do to your self is to worry about problems you do not have solutions to.

  • sarah Mahoka

    No disrespect, but Emmerson junior you are not The president’s oldest son. So how come you act like the family spokesperson. Vamwe varipi? Can we please be informed of all his children not just you four? We know the president has many children. We also know that he is man enough to take care of all his children. Who are they please acknowledge them

  • Sandura1

    KKKK long left that mate.

  • sarah Mahoka

    I know. I do not want to make my complaint to be about his mother. Its about the children.

  • Sandura1

    Your view is greatly appreciated, Moe.

  • Sandura1

    I have donated very expensive hampers than what my daughter got, I work for myself and my rural district, I am not Zanu, I concentrate on my life, family and village. I always take time to look for opportunities that give me money for leisure. You live once my friend. Do not worst your prime time complaining. Work for your family and comfort.