President relishes WhatsApp engagements

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Correspondent
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has received tens of thousands of messages from Zimbabweans after he opened a WhatsApp chat platform last week to connect with the people and promote dialogue.

He started engaging citizens on WhatsApp adding to his other social media platforms Twitter and Facebook.

Posting on his Twitter and Facebook page on Sunday, President Mnangagwa said the engagement was important in the country’s rebuilding process.

“As a listening president, I am fortunate to have so many possible channels of communication with the people of Zimbabwe. Since opening my WhatsApp, I have received tens of thousands of messages. I am reading as many of your messages as I can, and while I cannot answer all of them, I will continue to use WhatsApp as a medium to listen to your views and comments,” said President Mnangagwa.

“Thank you for your engagement, and thank you for your opinions. Together we are building a new Zimbabwe of dialogue and listening.”

Political analyst with Leaders for Africa Network Mr Michael Mhlanga said the President’s decision to engage was good as it keeps him in touch with what ordinary people expect from him.

He said President Mnangagwa is breaking barriers associated with his age by using social media communication platforms, largely associated with the youth.

“It’s most welcome because Zimbabweans can interact with the President giving him feedback. It’s so healthy for national development and national progress. He can get the ideas and aspirations of Zimbabweans from Zimbabweans themselves without engagement of someone playing a middleman’s role,” said Mr Mhlanga.

The President has been very active on social media, updating citizens on developmental projects that he is undertaking.

In a video chat posted on his Facebook page last week, the President revealed that if he wins the presidential race on July 30, he will appoint 25 percent of youths to ministerial posts.

Social media users were left charmed after the President responded to their questions.

Some of them said it was rare for the country’s leader to take time off from his busy schedule to listen to concerns of ordinary citizens.

Since coming to power in November, President Mnangagwa has proved himself to be a reformist with a keen interest in reviving the country’s economy.

Under President Mnangagwa, democracy is thriving with a record 23 candidates contesting the presidential poll and over 1 600 candidates seeking election as legislators. In addition, campaigns by opposition parties have gone undisturbed, a departure from Mr Robert Mugabe’s era when political violence left a dent on the credibility of the country’s elections.

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  • Jones

    Atleast for progress’ sake you did a good thing because its only us who can tel you the real truth.

  • Stonyeni

    A listening president indeed,, keep it up mr president

  • Public enemy

    This is more than freedom or just democracy… Our friendly president now befriends us on whatsapp, lol what a change!

    • Muzion

      Anyone can do that, hamhusi munonyanya kuva koresa here here mukuru ava

      • Stonyeni

        Yes anyone can do that but we are talking about the president here,, it never happened in zimbabwe and its not common outside zimbabwe

  • Legion

    That was a very brilliant idea because somethings unless said direct to you, they will never reach you

  • Mumzee

    Isu we dont care about much, we are just going to vote for the reformist because reform is wat we all wanted and now reform has come with Ed

    • Garikayi

      Speak for your self, more is to come with chamisa

      • Mumzee

        By we i meant my hubby,my family, our extended families, our friends , colleagues and relatives …we share the same view and we wil vote to change which has come with Ed mnangagwa,, we dont kno about chamisa because he merely talks

        • Luke

          ED has always been in power with Mugabe for the past 38 years and we know what he can do. The article admits that Zanu pf is a violent party and stole elections in the recent past. 2008 and 2013 elections were stolen and ED was part and parcel of the fraud. He doesn’t deserve another chance. In fact the whole of ZANU pf cannot claim moral higher ground now as they stood with their leader Mugabe when the whole nation was bleeding because of one person. So many lives were lost. Still fresh in our minds is Itai Dzamara. We need answers and we can’t just forget. Anyone who supports the so called new dispensation has a very short memory. The same people who worked with Mugabe’s regime to abuse us are today masquerading as our liberators. We can’t be fooled. Our voices were silenced with violence. Talking badly about Mugabe had become a criminal offense and guess who arrested and harassed our people , it wasn’t Mugabe but his stoogies. The same stoogies claim to be our liberators today because they want power. Sorry the axe may forget but the tree will never forget the hurt and injury

  • mazicobomoco7

    Thank u President for opening many dialogue interfaces with the public, thats first of its kind we cherish you sir