ED’s ges­ture to Mu­gabes sign of for­give­ness — Min Ny­oni

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Bruce Ndlovu Sun­day News Cor­re­spon­dent

PRES­I­DENT Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa set an ex­am­ple of for­give­ness when he gave a help­ing hand to the for­mer First Fam­ily in their hour of need de­spite the hos­til­ity they showed to­wards him in the past, the Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs, Com­mu­nity, Small and Medium En­ter­prises De­vel­op­ment Cde Sithem­biso Ny­oni has said.

Cde Ny­oni was speak­ing dur­ing a party to cel­e­brate the life of her fam­ily’s old­est sur­viv­ing mem­ber, Mr Lazarus Ny­oni (92) at Vaka Kraal in Zvisha­vane yes­ter­day. The party was a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion, as the oc­ca­sion was used to toast to Zanu-PF’s out­stand­ing per­for­mance in the 31 July har­monised elec­tions.

The rul­ing party put up an im­pres­sive show­ing in both Zvisha­vane-Runde and Zvisha­vaneNgezi con­stituen­cies, com­ing out tops in the Par­lia­men­tary, lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Se­nate and Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. Cde Ny­oni said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa had set an ex­am­ple for ev­ery­one to fol­low by ex­tend­ing an olive branch to the for­mer First Fam­ily. Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa helped fa­cil­i­tate for­mer First Lady Mrs Grace Mu­gabe’s jour­ney back from Sin­ga­pore for her mother’s fu­neral.

“What I would like to tell the young that are at this gath­er­ing is that I have been fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple set by ED. Although for­mer Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, who had taken the wrong path with both party and coun­try, went against him, he never said any­thing back,” Cde Ny­oni said.

She said that by ex­tend­ing a help­ing hand, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa had shown that one should al­ways hon­our their el­ders no mat­ter how much they wronged them.

“The les­son that I learnt is that you have to be le­nient with your par­ent no mat­ter how bad that par­ent is. A par­ent should be given their right­ful place. Like ED learn from the peo­ple. For­give and do good, do good things for even those who go against you. Fo­cus on your agenda,” Cde Ny­oni said.

She also took the op­por­tu­nity to thank the com­mu­nity of Zvisha­vane for show­ing their sup­port of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s vi­sion by vot­ing for him and other lo­cal Zanu-PF rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the 30 July poll.

“We have this party to thank the com­mu­nity for what they did for us when it was time to vote. We would like to send a mes­sage to the Pres­i­dent that the Ny­oni clan had a party to cel­e­brate the old­est Ny­oni and to thank them for vot­ing for this per­fect line up,” she said

Cde Ny­oni’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by the Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Cde Larry Mavhima, who said that the rul­ing party’s lead­er­ship would not take the sup­port the peo­ple showed it granted.

“The peo­ple have the power to hire and fire. We are al­ready look­ing ahead to 2023 and if we don’t do things for them they won’t vote for us again,” he said.

Cde Mavhima said that the coun­try had to pull to­gether in one di­rec­tion, tak­ing a cue from Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa who was de­ter­mined to set the coun­try on a pos­i­tive tra­jec­tory. More cel­e­bra­tions of Zanu-PF’s re­sound­ing vic­tory were set to fol­low in Zvisha­vane, he added.

“In ev­ery­thing we do we have to place the Pres­i­dent ahead. This is be­cause he’s the head of the train. No train moves with­out its head. The Pres­i­dent said let’s do things for peo­ple be­cause that way they will vote for us.”

Zanu-PF Na­tional Youth League deputy sec­re­tary Cde Lewis Mathuthu said it was im­por­tant to hon­our prom­ises made in the run-up to the elec­tion. He said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s in­sis­tence on pri­ori­tis­ing the econ­omy over pol­i­tics should be ad­mired by all.

“We need a mix­ture of busi­ness and pol­i­tics like the Pres­i­dent has been say­ing. If it’s just pol­i­tics with­out any busi­ness un­der­stand­ing then the coun­try be­comes un­govern­able,” he said.

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