UPDATED: Zim has moved beyond Mugabe: ED

Former President Robert Mugabe

Former President Robert Mugabe

Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Correspondent
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said the nation has moved on and former President Robert Mugabe who constitutionally resigned last November is entitled to his opinions like any other private citizen.

The President made the remarks following Mr Mugabe’s claims in interviews with a group of both local and foreign journalists at his Harare residence on Thursday that President Mnangagwa came to power illegally.

Mr Mugabe, who is widely blamed for plunging the country into economic and social hardships due to some of his policies, resigned as the country’s President on November 21 last year after Parliament had initiated a process to impeach him, a few days after Zanu-PF had recalled him as the party’s President and First Secretary.

Days before he resigned, Mr Mugabe had said the army’s actions were within the confines of the law.

In a statement yesterday, the Office of the President and Cabinet said Mr Mugabe is free to make public comments just like any private citizen.

“President ED has noted the remarks made to the media by the former President Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. On 21, November 2017, former President Mugabe tendered his resignation in terms of Section 96 Sub Section 1, of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. He is entitled to express himself freely as is the case for any private citizen,” read the statement.

It said Government has turned its focus towards conducting a credible election which would be important for the country’s economic reforms.

“The nation has moved on. Our focus at this time shall remain on preparing for the free and fair, credible elections in 2018. This is a key step in the immense task at hand, which is to lift our people from the effects of years of severe economic regression and international isolation,” said the statement.

It said Government will continues to honour all its obligations towards the former President’s welfare and benefits, as provided for in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.—@nqotshili

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  • Santsho

    Thank you for words of wisdom cde President, I can assure u that u have my vote come election time.

    • Top Sgelekeqe

      Khonamanje bewulala e layinini ye Bank, since last week ukuze uthole i $20 kuphela. Sithuthandini. Stupid. Unguye kanye, uthathekile, imoto yama Swi…………!!

      • Mirrror Mirror

        na…

        • Dumisane Sthembiso

          Unyok’ uhleli ibheya njengoba ngikhuluma, abantwana bakomakhelwane kade lokhe bemlunguza, bamangazwa zinzinza ezimhlophe abaqala ukuzibonela kunyoko.

          • Mirrror Mirror

            na

          • Dumisane Sthembiso

            Umdala ma ungaka, if you still don’t believe that hambo khangela inzinza zikanyoko, azikho mhlophe na??
            Zimhlophe kanti maje ufeba njani laye esemdala engaka.

          • Mirrror Mirror

            na

          • Dumisane Sthembiso

            uNYOK UNUK’ UMDIDI ONGATSHETSHELWANGA

          • Mirrror Mirror

            na

          • Dumisane Sthembiso

            Ikhikhitha elingu nyok’ igwayi linuka phuu, selavuthuzwa yisiki ye Manor Hotel.

          • Mirrror Mirror

            na

          • Dumisane Sthembiso

            Hahaha, hahahaha, hahahaha!!

          • Dumisane Sthembiso

            if you can’t stand the heat go get out the kitchen!!

          • Mirrror Mirror

            na

      • Mendy Sibanyoni

        Unyoko labodadewenu baleminyaka emingaki bewula/befeba in the dirty streets of Hillbrow. Ukuze bathole ama R20.00, so sesingathi bangothathekile yini??
        Angithi bazama ukuphila, ubatshele baze ukuzo Voter it’s only R20.00 eyelanga that your mother will loose ngokuzo Voter for one day only/

        • Thubelihle Moyo

          ulihlazo emdenini wakwenu lakumuli yakho. u r also a disgrace to humanity. akuzinuke amakhwapha

          • Mendy Sibanyoni

            Wena mdidikanyoko wena hambodlalela le, uthunyiwe yini wena mntanekhikhitha. Was I engaging you??
            Don’t get me started, how about ukuya khuza unyoko, labodadewenu, labomamncane bakho ukuthi bayeke ukuthengisa izbunu emabhawa mani.

      • benjamin

        It’s a process, it takes time.. Even if Chamisa were to get into power today, do not expect queues to disappear within 3 months. What’s important at the moment is that Mnangagwa is showing serious commitment and resoluteness to implement measures that will lead to economic revival be it in industry, mining, agriculture, commerce etc. He is shunning the EGOCENTRIC and OBSTINATE approach that characterized his predecessor’s (Mugabe’s) rule since the 90s. He has so far shown a strong willingness and one can only hope that his team works tirelessly to support him. That’s all he needs, a team that is loyal and works to support him.

        • Top Sgelekeqe

          Where it not for the typical ZANU arrogance and misplaced pride, he would have engage the South African government for short term measures on using the Rand to ease the suffering of the people. Instead through their budget, they are talking of long term solutions to the cash crisis, that involve rebuilding the economy’s productive capacity. This will take no less than five years my friend and only on condition there is increased Foreign Direct Investment into the productive sector, which is not guaranteed. They are still talking of 51% local ownership in the Gold and Platinum sectors – who is the beggar here; them or the investors? These are the two mining sectors that are forex spinners for Zim right now and yet they are discouraging FDI with their 51%. The desperate economic situation Zim finds itself right now demands that the whole economy be totally liberalised, to be the most attractive investment destination in the developing world, not just in Africa. FDI is all about competition for investment destinations. They can bring back that 51% later, say after 10 or 15 years when the economy is back to full steam, not now. How do you place impossible conditions when you are begging? People are desperate out there. Mnangagwa talks too much but does very little and the ignorant are impressed over nothing!

  • Vumani

    Where is that embarrassing Chameleon Abedinico Ncube ??

    • Musa Zwane

      He’s making money for yena labantwabakhe, and umndeni wakhe. You think politics is about ukuthabisa every fool out there like you. Unyok’ uthengisa umtshaza eMadlodlo bar for fun or for ukuthi lidle isinkwa njengabanye abantwana??

      • Thubelihle Moyo

        akuzinuke amakhwapha. Umdala nxa ungaka.

        • Musa Zwane

          Ungazofun’ ukuzenza unompembe lana, lana kuyashisa, it’s a place where you’re eaten alive here may’babo heyi. Suka lana here you’re stipped naked if you try to behave like a spoiled child. If this is not the place for your leave, you can never stop the wars you found being fought here. Bakhona abahlulwa yilena ndawo. Bakhona ababez’biza ngo Dr Doolitle nabanye abathile, iningilabo have fallen by the way side. So wena kumele uznuke amakhwapha first. Ngizakutshela ngomtshaza ongatshetsheliwe.

  • TJINGABABILI

    INUZI YEMONGA WHICH KEEPS ON BUZZING WHILE YOU GETTING HONEY! A NUISANCE BUT NOT A THREAT!

  • Nickie

    These uneducated ndebele folks can’t have a decent conversation, all what they know is to insult each other. Its a shame indeed.

    • Thubelihle Moyo

      how educated are you, personally?

      • qiniso

        My brother/sister, I can see so you’re just going after people who haven’t engaged you in the first place. Word of warning, here tghey will break you by their words. Here they will destroy you verbally, you’re making a big mistake. Basakuhlonipha but when they come after you, they will skin you alive. Be warned, please behave yourself don’t behave like an imbecille.

    • qiniso

      This level of stereotype coming from someone who perceive them self as being educated makes me vomit. Please don’t insult us because just like you we abhor insulting of other people in this forum or is my assumption wrong. I’m a Ndebele and proud educated too.

    • Mzilikazi

      Fuck you….

  • citizen

    Would you people have a decent conversation for a single day, these vulgar utterances are tarnishing the image of this paper and the Ndebele people, please i beg you to behave as mature people with progressive mindset

  • adaZHIII

    …..tichingoinda…tichindiinda…kkkk