I have great respect for 'father, mentor, comrade-in-arms, mentor Mugabe', says Mnangagwa

2017-11-25 07:19
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Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed during his inauguration speech that he will work to improve the economy to reduce unemployment and return the country to prosperity.

Harare – In his first speech as president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has reiterated his and Zanu PF’s new commitment that they want to grow the economy and create jobs.

Mnangagwa, who was inaugurated as president at the National Sport Stadium in Harare on Friday after Robert Mugabe’s 37 year rule, said he had great respect for Mugabe as a “father, mentor, comrade-in-arms, and my leader”.

“Let me at this stage pay special tribute to one of, and the only surviving founding father of our nation, cadre 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,” Mnangagwa said.

“Whatever errors of commission or omission that might have occurred during that critical phase in the life of our nation, let us all accept and acknowledge his immense contribution towards the building of our nation,” he said.

Mnangagwa addressed some of the concerns ordinary Zimbabweans had been complaining about since the military takeover which led to the resignation of Mugabe this week. These included addressing issues of jobs, access to cash, and Zimbabwe’s stance in the international community.

A new culture 

“As we focus on recovering our economy, we must shed misbehaviours and acts of indiscipline which have characterised the past. Acts of corruption must stop forthwith,” he said.

He said the rebuilding of Zimbabwe’s economy will be built on the back of its rich mineral resources.

Mnangagwa also sent a stern warning to public officials who didn’t display commitment to the job.
“To our civil servants, it cannot be business as usual. You have to roll up your sleeves in readiness to deliver. We have an economy to recover, a people to serve,” he said.

“A new culture must now inform and animate our daily conduct,” Mnangagwa said.

To the applause of the crowd, Mnangagwa reaffirmed his stance on land redistribution.

“Dispossession of our ancestral land was the fundamental reason for waging the liberation struggle.

It would be a betrayal of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in our liberation struggle if we were to reverse the gains we have made in reclaiming our land,” he said.

“My government is committed to compensating those farmers from whom land was taken in terms of the laws of the land,” he said.

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