No bad blood in Pre­sid­ium — ED

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PRES­I­DENT Em­mer­son Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa yes­ter­day laughed off re­ports of an ac­ri­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship be­tween him and Vice-Pres­i­dent Rtd Gen Con­stantino Chi­wenga de­scrib­ing the re­ports as pure mal­ice that should not be en­ter­tained.

Speak­ing at a func­tion to of­fi­cially open the Mabasa ac­cess road that was held con­cur­rently with his vic­tory cel­e­bra­tions at Lundi Pri­mary School in Ma­panzure, Zvisha­vane, the Head of State and Govern­ment and Com­man­der In Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces said re­ports of bad blood in the pri­vate me­dia was noth­ing more than a fig­ment of the re­porters’ rich imag­i­na­tion. He de­scribed those who have been spread­ing the gospel as crazy say­ing they wished it but it will never hap­pen.

“There are those that write sto­ries say­ing me and my vice we are not in good books. That is a lie. Those re­ports from the me­dia are a fig­ment of their rich imag­i­na­tion. They are a fal­lacy. They can only be said by peo­ple who are crazy and I want to say down with them,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent said peo­ple should know that the party was big­ger than any in­di­vid­ual, adding that some of the veteran politi­cians who he could not fit in his re­cently an­nounced Govern­ment were go­ing to be de­ployed to the party as they sought to re­vamp the party.

“We want our se­nior politi­cians to work for the party. We are go­ing to de­ploy them at the party to re­vamp its struc­tures and re­tain its vi­brancy as we seek to en­sure the party is big­ger than the Govern­ment be­cause the Govern­ment is born from the party,” he added.

He said they sought to achieve that with the aid of the es­tab­lished Her­bert Chitepo School of Ide­ol­ogy whose man­date was to es­pouse na­tion­al­is­tic val­ues of where the coun­try came from to where it was and where it would be.

“I have al­ways said Zanu-PF is a pocket. No one can take Zanu-PF and pocket it. If any­one tries to do that they will feel the dis­com­fort of it. The ideal thing is to fit our­selves into the pocket — Zanu PF. I tell you we can all fit there and live com­fort­ably with­out any prob­lems,” said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

He took the chance to walk the sea of peo­ple who had coloured the Lundi School grounds with green and yel­low party re­galia through the jour­ney he had trav­elled from Novem­ber last year un­til to­day and promised them that the fu­ture was bright. He ex­pressed con­fi­dence in his ap­pointed cab­i­net urg­ing them to hit the ground run­ning.

The Pres­i­dent said this year’s elec­tions were free, fair and peace­ful as his Govern­ment had opened the demo­cratic space where par­ties were only lim­ited by their re­sources and not by any­one.

He said the open­ing of the demo­cratic space saw 133 po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­ing formed with 55 suc­cess­fully reg­is­ter­ing with the Zim­babwe Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (Zec) while 21 par­ties con­tested Zanu-PF with one in­de­pen­dent can­di­date making the num­ber of con­tes­tants for Pres­i­den­tial po­si­tion 23 all in all.

In­tro­duc­ing him to the mul­ti­tudes of peo­ple, Vice Pres­i­dent Chi­wenga thanked the peo­ple for ex­press­ing their con­fi­dence in the Pres­i­dent and the party by re­sound­ingly vot­ing for him. He im­plored the peo­ple to con­tinue sup­port­ing him.

He also took time to talk about the life of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa who he re­ferred to as a bib­li­cal Joshua who took over from Moses and led the peo­ple of Is­rael into Canaan. He said a lot of peo­ple had writ­ten Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa off the po­lit­i­cal books of his­tory as his po­lit­i­cal star seemed to be dim­ming and buck­ling un­der the weight of in­ces­sant pres­sure from the G40 ca­bal but that was only a pass­ing phase and the be­gin­ning of his rise.

He said Min­is­ter Jo­rum Gumbo was lucky to sur­vive the axe that claimed the scalps of sev­eral other min­is­ters and con­grat­u­lated him for bounc­ing back into cab­i­net.

“I know a lot of you here thought that the po­lit­i­cal life of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa was fin­ished. Most peo­ple had al­ready writ­ten him off but God had other plans. He was see­ing a Joshua, the Joshua we have now.

“Now that elec­tions are over, let’s put them be­hind

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa re­ceives an am­bu­lance do­nated by Bi­tu­men CEO An­dre Zi­ets­man (left) while First Lady Amai Aux­ilia Mnan­gagwa and the two Vice-Pres­i­dents Gen­eral Con­statino Chi­wenga (Re­tired) and Cde Kembo Mo­hadi look on in Ma­panzure yes­ter­day

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