Ju­bi­la­tion as Mnan­gagwa is in­au­gu­rated

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - ANA RE­PORTER

EU­PHO­RIA filled the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium in the cap­i­tal Harare as new Zim­babwe Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa was sworn in in a cer­e­mony in front of a ca­pac­ity crowd.

Zim­bab­weans filled the 60 000-seater sta­dium to wit­ness the event that fi­nally sealed the end of de­posed former leader Robert Mu­gabe.

Former Zam­bia pres­i­dent Ken­neth Kaunda joined re­gional lead­ers such as Pres­i­dent Ian Khama of Botswana, Edgar Lungu of Zam­bia, former Namibia pres­i­dent Sam Nu­joma and Zim­babwe op­po­si­tion leader Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai in what was a car­ni­val at­mo­sphere.

Speak­ing shortly af­ter be­ing sworn in, Mnan­gagwa said “never and never again shall Zim­babwe be sub­jected to such suf­fer­ing”.

He ap­pealed to all Zim­bab­weans to help re­build the coun­try and ex­tended an olive branch to the white farm­ers that were hounded off their lands un­der the dark years of Mu­gabe rule.

“We must com­pen­sate our farm­ers in line with our laws,” he said as he called for “by­gones to be by­gones”.

He even paid trib­ute to Mu­gabe and said the fo­cus of his ad­min­is­tra­tion will be to get Zim­babwe work­ing again. “Our quest for de­vel­op­ment must be premised on a just and eq­ui­table so­ci­ety. We want an econ­omy that is back on its feet,” he said.

The 75-year-old leader got a round of ap­plause when he men­tioned ef­forts to tackle cor­rup­tion and the liq­uid­ity cri­sis which has vir­tu­ally paral­ysed the coun­try.

The man nick­named “The Crocodile” promised that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would come have down hard on the cor­rupt.

He de­clared Zim­babwe open for busi­ness and in­vited in­ter­na­tional in­vestors to con­sider an at­trac­tive in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion.

He fur­ther called for an end to sanctions against the coun­try.

“We ask those that have pre­vi­ously pun­ished us to re­con­sider their po­si­tion.”

Mnan­gagwa con­cluded by say­ing Zim­babwe has a lot of work to do.

He added that the elec­tions would go ahead next year. – ANA

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Women ul­u­late at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa.

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