President to step down if he loses election

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Kuda Bwititi recently in Gaborone, Botswana
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has reiterated that he will step down if he loses the elections to be held in a few months.

He made the remarks while addressing hundreds of Zimbabweans living in Botswana who attended an interactive dialogue with him on Monday.

He was responding to a question on whether he will accept defeat.

President Mnangagwa challenged those that did not want to vote for him to do so saying he would still romp to victory in the polls.

“The test of the pudding is in the eating. My brother you are welcome to come and vote in Zimbabwe. There are four harmonised elections. You will vote for the President in a separate vote, the MP, the councillor and the Senator.

“So if you are worried about me, come and cast a vote against me, but I will still win,” he said drawing laughter from the audience.

President Mnangagwa said if he loses the election, he would gladly step down to allow the wishes of the people to prosper.

He expressed confidence of defeating the opposition in the elections to be held around July this year.

“In Zimbabwe when we had our Constitutional vote in 2000, we lost but we were expected to win. And indeed, if I lose, I will step down my brother and with grace because the people would have spoken. The voice of the people is the voice of God.”

President Mnangagwa said under the Government’s “Zimbabwe is open for Business” stance, foreigners that invest money in the country can repatriate their investments to their home countries, provided they do not breach the Exchange Control Act.

During the explosive dialogue chief executive of Choppies Botswana Ramachandran Ottapathu, who partnered disgraced former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to set up the retail chain in Zimbabwe, said he had never received persecution from the Zimbabwe Government despite the former’s shameful exit from Government.

“After former Vice President Mphoko was fired, I had been told that I would be persecuted if I went to Zimbabwe. But I was shocked when I was treated very well and all my 32 shops are still running in the country.

“I would like to thank you Your Excellency for that and it shows Zimbabwe is open for business” he said.

During the meeting, concern was also raised about ill-treatment of Zimbabweans living in Botswana with authorities saying talks are currently underway with the Government to address the issue.

Other matters raised include the high cost of doing business in the country, request by the Diaspora community to be allocated land and to be allowed to vote.

President Mnangagwa said he would remain a listening President and address all issues raised by the people.

He said Government would continue the fight against corruption, saying the full results of the anti-graft drive will show in time.

The President also said there had been positive response to the moratorium that he issued for those that externalised funds to return the money.

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  • koka

    mnangagwa is confident of vote rigging, he mentions that voting against him will not make him lose the election. anyway the opposition is in sixes and sevens. from Mthwakazi point of view all we need is for MRP to sweep all the seats in Mthwakazi. I appeal to Mthwakazi voters not to waste their vote on the MDCs. these parties are dead. put your vote to good use. Vote Mqondisi Moyo and MRP.


    • mntungwa

      what is mthwakazi? who is their leader? do they have structures? are they a political party or just noise makers? cacani bantu libumbe umuzi olempande olesisindo bantu besintwini laziwa ngokuqoqeka. Yenzani into ekhanyayo eyesintwini silivotele.

      • koka

        Hawu Khumalo utsho ukuthi awuyazi iMthwakazi Republic Party ekhokhelwa nguMqondisi Moyo? ngena ku uzathola indaba ngaleliqembu lepolitiki. Mhlaka 17 February sobe sile rally eMahole Business Centre Insiza South ezaqala ngo 9 ekuseni. siyanxusa Mntungwa.

        • THE TRUTH

          Hayi bo!! Akasi Mntungwa lo – liTshona!


        If you don’t know, then it means you are not supposed to know, because its none of your business. Its that simple!!

        • zibulo

          then you are not serious , or you are an impostor trying to confuse mthwakazi people. you are asked and also told that Mthwakazi is not known as a party but a bunch of disoderlery noise makers and you say to a potential voter !!!. I think you are a diversion. we have asked for Constitutional compliance, Awareness campaings in the region , Voter Education from all those who claim to represent Mthwakazi Concerns but nothing. We do not know about Mqondisi, and the “rest”, only you and them know each other. The public doesn’t , from this it seems you are the same as other parties, but MDC stands a better chance of my vote. SIMPLE

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  • Wellington

    he says that because he knows he has the results in his pocket, going to the ballot is just a formality the deed was done way back


    Lies kuphela, amanga. There will never be such a development – this is ZANU PF we are talking about. Their desperation for western money, and to be allowed to visit to American cities is reaching fever pitch – hence the daily lies!!