Tendai Mugabe in MADZIWA
President Mnangagwa has laughed off attempts by some expelled Zanu-PF members to form a political party to fight the revolutionary party in the forthcoming harmonised elections, saying those behind such machinations were lost and misguided.
He said Zanu-PF had encountered several challenges in its existence spanning over 50 years and was unfazed by those mooting such an idea. His remarks came in the wake of reports that some expelled Zanu-PF members led by Professor Jonathan Moyo, former First Lady Grace Mugabe and Dr Joice Mujuru were planning to form a party called New Patriotic Front.
Addressing thousands of zanu-pf supporters and Johane Masowe Vadzidzi VaJeso congregants at Centre Zimbabwe Africa High School built by Mudzidzi Wimbo at his shrine in Madziwa yesterday, President Mnangagwa said zanu-pf renewed itself in November last year and was now focusing on improving people’s livelihoods. President Mnangagwa met Mudzidzi Wimbo at the shrine before addressing the crowd.
“Kungotarira chete kuti kuwanda kwamakaita uku uri musangano weZanu-PF kana kune umwe hake angave murume, angave mukadzi, angave murefu, angave mupfupi angarota kuita umwe musangano kukwikwidza Zanu-PF ngaabike doro kuti ko mudzimu wekwangu mandirashireiko kuti ndiite zvakadai?” he said, while addressing the people.
“Kuti nyika nevanhu vayo naJehova vachienda uku ini ndoenda kwavanobva? Ndiko kurashika. Kana kune vamwe vane mweya iwoyo ibva wangoti mweya waLegion tama pandiri ndifambewo nevamwe.”
The President continued: “Our revolutionary party zanu-pf yakafamba rwendo rwakareba.
“Kumashure kwatakabva uku takaona njodzi dzakawanda, tikaona kupanduka kwakanyanya, asi musimboti wemusangano wakaramba uchingofamba, uchingofamba vanopanduka vachipanduka, zanu-pf ichingofamba senzou.
“Hameno zvavo vanoti ivo vachiona chaunga chakadai voti regai nditsvage maitiro angu asina vazhinji mukati. Ndokunonzi kurashika. Zvinhu zvose zvinodiwa naMwari ndozvinodiwa nerezhinji. Izvi zvamaratidza izvi, Mwari vafara.”
President Mnangagwa said events of last year that saw Zanu-PF changing its leadership were necessary to refocus the party that had been hijacked by some counter-revolutionaries. He said Zanu-PF would continue with its development programmes and would not be distracted by side-shows of some disgruntled elements,who chose to isolate themselves from the majority.
“Isu seZanu-PF pakawanikwa zvinotiremera mumusangano tinozunza sezvinoita mombe ikaita maticks zvobva. Saka munaNovember (2017) Zanu-PF yakapinda mudhibhi, payakanobuda uko zvakadonha, zvakanodonha asi inoramba ichingoenda mberi, ichingotonga, vanopanduka vachitongwa neZanu-PF, ichingoenda mberi ichitonga. Iwe sarudza kuti ndoenda here muvatongi muZanu-PF kana kune avo vari kungorashika vachitiza utongi hweZanu-PF, vachirashika vogara kunze kwenyika, nyika yavakaberekerwa iripo?
“Pamusaka pei? Pemweya waLegion unenge wapinda mavari. Zvino isu hatifaniri kuwana nguva yakareba tichiisa pfungwa dzedu kuna izvozvo. Tazvisiya shure. Tinofanira kutarisa mberi kwatiri kuenda. Tiri kuronga zvipi, tavaka zvipi?,” he said.
President Mnangagwa urged Zanu-PF members to respect the Constitution and the party’s ideology.
“Gwara remusangano igwara remusangano. Harina kuti mukuru, muduku. Gwara igwara rinofanira kutevedzwa nemunhu wese. We must also respect and defend the Constitution of the country, which gives power to the three pillars of the State, the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature,” he said.
“Cabinet, Parliament nemajudge. Ukaona iwe usiri muCabinet wotonga vari muCabinet, iwe usiri muParliament wotonga vari muParliament, ukaona usiri judge woti nhingi haana mhosva parally woziva kuti zvinhu zvarashika.
“Hatichineyi nekupopota. Ikozvino vese vandiinavo vatungamiri nemi muri kumastructures, pese pese pamunenge muchitaura taurai kubatana, taurai rudo, taurai gwara remusangano, taurai peace, peace, peace.”
On the forthcoming harmonised elections, which he said were going to be held in the next four months, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe would invite international observers because it had nothing to hide.
He said the elections would be free, fair, transparent, credible and violence free. President Mnangagwa briefed the gathering on his recent regional tour where he briefed his counterparts on Operation Restore Legacy and his engagements in Davos and at the African Union in Ethiopia.
He said world leaders hailed Zimbabweans for executing Operation Restore Legacy in a peaceful manner and were ready to assist Zimbabwe to rebuild the economy. President Mnangagwa said Mashonaland Central was a zanu-pf stronghold and was confident that the revolutionary party would win resoundingly.
He donated $10 000 to Centre Zimbabwe Africa High School to finish construction work. He also promised to donate 200 computers to the school and many other life-changing projects that would benefit the school and the local community at large.
President Mnangagwa was accompanied by Zanu-PF top hierarchy, which included his two deputies General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired) and Cde Kembo Mohadi, national chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, political commissar Lieutenant-General Engelbert Rugeje (Retired), other Politburo members and Government ministers.