We’ll take care of Mu­gabe: ED

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Syd­ney Kawadza Mashona­land West Bu­reau Chief

GOV­ERN­MENT will con­tinue cater­ing for the wel­fare of Zim­babwe’s found­ing fa­ther, for­mer Pres­i­dent Mr Robert Mu­gabe, and ac­cord him the re­spect he de­serves, Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has said.

A year af­ter Mr Mu­gabe re­signed in the face of im­peach­ment for reneg­ing on his con­sti­tu­tional man­date by al­low­ing a clique of power-hun­gry politi­cians to usurp his au­thor­ity, and in the for­mer leader’s home district of Zvimba, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said his pre­de­ces­sor could not be writ­ten out of his­tory.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa was ad­dress­ing thou­sands of peo­ple at a Thank You Rally at Murombedzi growth point.

The rally was or­gan­ised to ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the over­whelm­ing sup­port Mashona­land West prov­ince gave to him and his Zanu-PF party in the July 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

The Pres­i­dent re­vealed that Mr Mu­gabe, who is 94-years-old, had been fac­ing health chal­lenges and had un­der­gone treat­ment in Sin­ga­pore over the past two months.

“We want to thank you, vaGushungo, Mambo Zvimba, you gave us your son. Ndimi mak­abereka mwana uyu. Ndiye akat­i­fam­bisa muhondo tika­su­nun­gura nyika kudza­mara tasvika gore rap­fuura iri vakomberedzwa nezvimwe zvi­vanhu. Zvimhandu zvaz­vavakomberedza tikazvi­takanyira kure.

“Tino­tenda Mambo Zvimba, tiriku­vachengeta, vava mu­tana wedu, vakura iko zvino vava nemwedzi miviri yadarika vari kuSin­ga­pore.”

He said Mr Mu­gabe was sup­posed to re­turn to Zim­babwe on Oc­to­ber 15, but Gov­ern­ment re­ceived a mes­sage that he was not yet feel­ing well enough and ex­tended his treat­ment.

Mr Mu­gabe, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said, was now ex­pected home on No­vem­ber 30.

“He is the found­ing fa­ther of the na­tion of Zim­babwe. He is our found­ing fa­ther of a free Zim­babwe. There could be oth­ers who would want to dis­tort our his­tory, but they should also know that Zim­babwe’s found­ing fa­ther is Gushungo,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said his pre­de­ces­sor was now out of the clutches of those who had cap­tured him.

“We are mov­ing on with the revo­lu­tion be­cause those who had cap­tured the for­mer pres­i­dent had lit­tle knowl­edge of the revo­lu­tion,” he said.

“The birth of our In­de­pen­dence was a re­sult of a strug­gle with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary pur­pose; to lib­er­ate our­selves, to grant our­selves an in­de­pen­dence and des­tiny de­ter­mined by our own peo­ple.”

The Pres­i­dent said those who failed to fol­low the prin­ci­ples of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle would fall by the way­side.

Mr Mu­gabe was among the first peo­ple to for­mally con­grat­u­late Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s elec­toral vic­tory af­ter hav­ing ear­lier de­clared he would not vote for him.

Mr Mu­gabe

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