Cde Mnangagwa warns against revenge

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Tendai Rupapa, Harare Bureau
President-designate Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has called on the nation to desist from any retribution by taking advantage of the current situation to settle political and social scores outside the ambit of the law.

In a statement released yesterday, Cde Mnangagwa said people should remain peaceful, as any form of vengeance was not in the spirit of ubuntu/unhu.

“As you are aware, in the last few months leading to this day, the political situation in our country has been quite fluid, culminating in the resignation of our former Head of State, His Excellency President RG Mugabe,” he said.

“We are currently working on transitional arrangements which will lead to the dispensation which is to unfold tomorrow (today). While this is going on, I implore all Zimbabweans to remain patient and peaceful and desist from any form of vengeful retribution. It is not in the spirit of ubuntu/unhu which characterises the nature of our people.”

Cde Mnangagwa further said criminal elements bent on disturbing peace and tranquillity in the country should not be tolerated.

“Let us not, therefore, allow criminal elements bent on destabilising the peace and tranquillity prevailing in our country, by either settling political or social scores outside the ambit of the law,” he said.

“We are all Zimbabweans and let us be exemplary as we work towards consolidation of our unity and the prosperity of our nation.”

Cde Mnangagwa, who is the First Secretary and President of Zanu-PF, advised the nation to report any criminal conduct to the relevant authorities.

“In this vein, I would implore our citizens to refrain from malicious practices and report any such incidences to the law enforcement agencies for their appropriate legal action,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa said although the political situation in the country had been fluid, Zimbabweans should remain disciplined and optimistic as processes to drive the nation towards development were being put in place.

“I, therefore, appeal to you fellow Zimbabweans to remain disciplined and optimistic whilst we put processes to drive our nation towards prosperity and development for us all,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa will today be sworn in as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Harare.

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and other security services yesterday commended the nation for remaining peaceful during the positive political developments in the country.

ZDF director of Public Relations, Colonel Overson Mugwisi, said in a statement that the solidarity gatherings of unprecedented magnitude were conducted peacefully.

“In this latest statement on the progress of Operation Restore Legacy, Zimbabwe Defence Forces and other security services wish to further commend the people of Zimbabwe for continuing to behave well as they celebrate positive political developments in the country,” said Col Mugwisi.

“The solidarity gatherings of unprecedented magnitude have all been conducted peacefully. Thus, no violation of constitutional processes and indeed our Zimbabwean tradition of self-respect and self-restraint have been observed. This, therefore, is a clear sign of resilience and self-control.

“It is, therefore, our wish that the obtaining peaceful environment continues for the good of all our people and the country. You should, however, be wary of criminals who masquerade as members of the defence forces in their bid to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public.”

Col Mugwisi urged citizens to report such people to the police.

“Such incidents should be reported to the ZRP (Hotline number 04-703 631) and ZDF (0712 236 595 or 0712 961 945) or any other nearest law enforcement agents,” he said. “We should all remain guided by the tenet of Ubuntu/Unhu, which has become a clarion call for all peace-loving people in the African region and beyond.”

Col Mugwisi said people should rally behind the inauguration of incoming President Mnangagwa today.

“As we prepare for the inauguration of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa) today, we look forward to another massive gathering,” he said.

“Once again, we strongly appeal to you to observe the laws of the land and shun violence to preserve peace and stability in the country.”

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    1.1.Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.The immunity in question ,to all Zimbabweans is for Mugabe not to be prosecuted for corruption and misuse of state funds.Because accordingly ,the government must forfeit all his assets and money that he stole from Zimbabwean people(fact).And the government must forfeit the assets and money stolen by his wife(fact).Now as for ,murambatsvina ,in my opinion he cannot be prosecuted for that ,because every country does not allow people to construct houses in areas that have not been designated for that purpose.Otherwise,the country will be like SA were there shacks everywhere.That is why we have city fathers to plan settlements.If it is done in an arbitrary manner ,surely the country will not look attractive.Even in first world countries ,were there is democracy,one cannot just construct a house in any place of their choice without permission.So,for that matter he is exonerated in that.What could be questioned is the manner in which the evictions were executed.That is excessive force resulting in some people sustaining injuries during the process.Still on the issue of eviction,Grace must give back the land she took by force to those people in mazoe.As for ,Gukurahundi atrocities,Mugabe must be indicted for that heinous crime.Just yesterday , a genocide case of Bosnia was held.One of the perpetrators was was sentenced to life in prison.That is sending a good message to those that committed or who intend to commit that crime.It would set a dangerous precedent to the world and Zimbabwe ,if Mugabe is not prosecuted for that crime.He can be excused of other crimes ,but that one there must be no excuse ,because he did not even show any remorse nor to say sorry for what he did.Neither did he take any reasonable action to resolve the problem.Many that were victims or lost their relatives or friends or neighbours are still very angry with him.And they want justice served.It is not for ZANU pf,the army,Munangagwa or anyone to forgive or grant Mugabe immunity for that crime.No No No No.The decision lies with the court.The court has jurisdiction of that issue.Its a crime that involves all.That is Zimbabweans and the world.Hence it has to be heard in a court of law.That he did good things for his supporters,that he took part in the war of liberation or that he is from Mashonaland ,is all immaterial in this heinous crime. It is unfortunate that Zimbabwe does not subscribe to the ICC.However,that does not mean he cannot be prosecuted for that crime.He has to be ,no excuse about that.If we are an open nation,if we are a God loving nation,if we are a nation that does not discriminate against another on tribal lines,if we are a nation that likes transparency ,if we are a nation that respect life of another,if we are a just and fair nation ,then surely we have to unite in this.We have to ensure that he is indicted for that crime.Mugabe did not commit that crime for the Shona people.He did not commit it for the best interest of Zimbabweans.He did not commit it for the international community.But he committed it to gratify his own needs.He was driven by his id.That is why a special army for that was created.Clearly ,he wanted to commit genocide.His intentions were clear and unmistakable to any reasonable person.He therefore,must be punished for that.There is no excuse for that.No one has the right to take the lives of anyone in the world.Everyone has a right to life,be they not from Zvimbwa or Malawi(not hatred for Malawians).If there has to be peace,unity ,solidarity and harmony in our country,then let justice be done for the living and the deceased(fact).If anyone thinks they would let that issues die a natural death,then they have another issue coming. The human rights organisations will be putting pressure on Munangagwa’s government to deal with that case very soon.So,Zimbabweans prepare yourselves for that and do not try to justify the actions of a murderer .Charles Taylor was convicted of that too.He is no different from Mugabe.No one is above the law.##

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    2.1.Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.The immunity in question ,to all Zimbabweans is for Mugabe not to be prosecuted for corruption and misuse of state funds.Because accordingly ,the government must forfeit all his assets and money that he stole from Zimbabwean people(fact).And the government must forfeit the assets and money stolen by his wife(fact).Now as for ,murambatsvina ,in my opinion he cannot be prosecuted for that ,because every country does not allow people to construct houses in areas that have not been designated for that purpose.Otherwise,the country will be like SA were there shacks everywhere.That is why we have city fathers to plan settlements.If it is done in an arbitrary manner ,surely the country will not look attractive.Even in first world countries ,were there is democracy,one cannot just construct a house in any place of their choice without permission.So,for that matter he is exonerated in that.What could be questioned is the manner in which the evictions were executed.That is excessive force resulting in some people sustaining injuries during the process.Still on the issue of eviction,Grace must give back the land she took by force to those people in mazoe.As for ,Gukurahundi atrocities,Mugabe must be indicted for that heinous crime.Just yesterday , a genocide case of Bosnia was held.One of the perpetrators was was sentenced to life in prison.That is sending a good message to those that committed or who intend to commit that crime.It would set a dangerous precedent to the world and Zimbabwe ,if Mugabe is not prosecuted for that crime.He can be excused of other crimes ,but that one there must be no excuse ,because he did not even show any remorse nor to say sorry for what he did.Neither did he take any reasonable action to resolve the problem.Many that were victims or lost their relatives or friends or neighbours are still very angry with him.And they want justice served.It is not for ZANU pf,the army,Munangagwa or anyone to forgive or grant Mugabe immunity for that crime.No No No No.The decision lies with the court.The court has jurisdiction of that issue.Its a crime that involves all.That is Zimbabweans and the world.Hence it has to be heard in a court of law.That he did good things for his supporters,that he took part in the war of liberation or that he is from Mashonaland ,is all immaterial in this heinous crime. It is unfortunate that Zimbabwe does not subscribe to the ICC.However,that does not mean he cannot be prosecuted for that crime.He has to be ,no excuse about that.If we are an open nation,if we are a God loving nation,if we are a nation that does not discriminate against another on tribal lines,if we are a nation that likes transparency ,if we are a nation that respect life of another,if we are a just and fair nation ,then surely we have to unite in this.We have to ensure that he is indicted for that crime.Mugabe did not commit that crime for the Shona people.He did not commit it for the best interest of Zimbabweans.He did not commit it for the international community.But he committed it to gratify his own needs.He was driven by his id.That is why a special army for that was created.Clearly ,he wanted to commit genocide.His intentions were clear and unmistakable to any reasonable person.He therefore,must be punished for that.There is no excuse for that.No one has the right to take the lives of anyone in the world.Everyone has a right to life,be they not from Zvimbwa or Malawi(not hatred for Malawians).If there has to be peace,unity ,solidarity and harmony in our country,then let justice be done for the living and the deceased(fact).If anyone thinks they would let that issues die a natural death,then they have another issue coming. The human rights organisations will be putting pressure on Munangagwa’s government to deal with that case very soon.So,Zimbabweans prepare yourselves for that and do not try to justify the actions of a murderer .Charles Tarlor was convicted of that too.He is no different from Mugabe.No one is above the law.+++