Mnangagwa urges peace as Zimbabwe nears elections

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has on Sunday said, the citizens should desist from violent conduct but rather embrace peace and harmony regardless of political differences as the country draws closer to this year’s general elections.


President Emmerson Mnangagwa

By Charles Lotara


The President’s remark came a day after meeting traditional leaders where he reportedly sought to get views from different communities as well as briefing the traditional leaders on the vision and expectations of his administration.

Mnangagwa paid a surprise visit to his fierce party rival and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai earlier this year, a move which sparked mixed emotion from the citizens with some saying, the meeting was to negotiate for the upcoming presidential elections to be postponed and held after three years.

Contrary to the above assumption, Mr. President hopefully took to his official twitter account which he opened less than a week ago and said, “When we go to the elections, you should not fight.”

Mnangagwa unlike his predecessor says, he encourages diversity in political opinions and it is a choice for one to support another party.

“When people support their parties, it’s their choice. We should work for the people and not be selfish. There should be justice and national reconciliation because we cannot progress when communities are in conflict,” he tweeted.

There has been a glimpse of economic recovery ever since Mnangagwa took over in November last year after the forceful resignation of Robert Mugabe who ruled the country of 37 years.

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