President Emmerson Mnangagwa has assured Zimbabweans and the world of his unwavering commitment to democracy and economic revival.
Briefing his Mozambican counterpart, President Filipe Nyusi during one day state visit to Maputo today, Cde Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe will hold an undisputable election as it seeks to be a qualified democratic state.
“I would like to assure that Zimbabwe will deliver a free, credible, fair and undisputable election, to ensure the country engages the world as a qualified democratic state,” he said.
The President also briefed Cde Nyusi on the recent developments that took place in the country since 15 November 2017.
He clarified that the Operation Restore Legacy was legal as it stopped a state capture by individuals who took advantage of the advanced age of the then President Robert Mugabe to usurp executive powers.
President Mnangagwa also revealed that when he called Cde Mugabe while in exile in South Africa, he did not know that Cde Mnangagwa had been fired and that he had skipped the border.
After meeting President Nyusi, who also hosted a luncheon for him, President Mnangagwa then met Zimbabweans in Mozambique and Swaziland, where did not mince his words on the new economic trajectory the country is pursuing.
“Zimbabwe is open to business with anyone,” he said.
A Zimbabwean businessman in Maputo, Mr George Sithole said the diaspora constituency has taken the new political and economic dispensation hook, line and sinker and wants to be counted in all economic ventures the country embarks on.
President Mnangagwa’s Mozambique trip is the 4th in the region, having already visited South Africa, Angola and Namibia.
He is expected to visit all his counterparts in the SADC region to brief them the political developments in Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa is back home from Mozambique where he had visited President Nyusi on his fourth leg of his regional tour to appraise fellow SADC leaders on political developments in Zimbabwe following the resignation of former president, Cde Robert Mugabe.
On arrival, he was met at the Robert Mugabe International Airport by the two vice presidents Retired General Constantino Dominic Nyikadzino Guvheya Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Dugish Campbell Mohadi, service chiefs and senior government officials.
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces instituted Operation Restore Legacy on the 15th of November 2017 which was meant to weed out criminals which were surrounding former President Robert Mugabe and restore normalcy in the country.
This was followed by a highly subscribed march to Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield on 18 November 2017 in which Zimbabweans from all walks of life commended Operation Restore Legacy.
On the 19th of November 2017, Zanu PF convened a Special Central Committee meeting at the party headquarters in Harare which recalled former President Mugabe and resolved to nominate Cde Mnangagwa as the interim leader of Zanu PF pending ratification by the party’s Extra-Ordinary Congress (which was subsequently done on the 15th of December at Robert Mugabe Square).
On the 21st of November 2017, former President Mugabe resigned as president of the country following parliament’s commencement of impeachment proceedings against him.
President Mnangagwa was then inaugurated as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe on the 24th of November 2017 at the giant National Sports Stadium, a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Luke Malaba and attended by thousands of Zimbabweans who included the President of Botswana Mr Ian Khama, President of Zambia Mr Edgar Lungu and the President of Mozambique Mr Filipe Nyusi.
The founding President of Zambia Dr Kenneth Kaunda, former presidents of Namibia Cdes Sam Nujoma, and Hifikepunye Pohamba also attended the inauguration ceremony.