Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Correspondent
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa showed his leadership qualities when he did not fight back after he was ridiculed by the former First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe during the party’s rallies, a senior official has said.
The newly appointed Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs, Cde Angeline Masuku, speaking at Bulawayo Zanu-PF Women’s League inter-district meeting yesterday, said only a few people could stand the vilification and public humiliation that President Mnangagwa endured in the past few months.
Cde Mnangagwa was publicly attacked by former First Lady Mrs Mugabe at public rallies while Professor Jonathan Moyo vilified him through micro blogging site Twitter.
“The party had been made personal project where a meeting was called for individuals to insult other leaders. It was no longer a people’s party. People who we can consider our children had guts to finger point leaders and insult them which its taboo in our society.
“I therefore want to commend President ED Mnangagwa for his composure. When he was insulted, he would smile and even clap and shake hands with those who were attacking him. He never fought back,” said Cde Masuku.
“God rewarded him not because he is the most senior person in Zanu-PF. There are many senior people in the party but he was rewarded for showing leadership, when he was being persecuted.”
She commended the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for bringing political stability as developments in the country were threatening peace.
Cde Masuku ridiculed some of the G40 members who have exiled themselves.
“Some of them have escaped. Why would someone leave the country without doing any wrong? What are they escaping from?” said Cde Masuku.
She said it was encouraging that the President has vowed to fight corruption saying people at grassroots levels have a role in ending the cancerous problem.
Cde Masuku said the new dispensation should also promote equal distribution of resources across the country’s provinces.
“Zimbabwe is not Harare; it consists of provinces such as Masvingo and other areas. And all these areas look like a compound compared to Harare. We need a balance in the allocation of resources across the country. No matter what little resource is there, we should ensure equity in the distribution,” said Cde Masuku.