Zvimba em­braces Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Wal­ter Nya­mukondiwa in MUROMBEDZI

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple gave Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa a rous­ing wel­come at his maiden Thank You Rally at Murombedzi growth point in Zvimba yes­ter­day, on a day co­in­cid­ing with his in­au­gu­ra­tion as Head of State and Gov­ern­ment and Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces in No­vem­ber 2017.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa was in­au­gu­rated on No­vem­ber 24, 2017 fol­low­ing re­align­ment of the coun­try’s lead­er­ship af­ter Op­er­a­tion Re­store Legacy which saw Mr Robert Mu­gabe re­sign­ing as State Pres­i­dent un­der pres­sure from the peo­ple, Par­lia­ment and Zanu-PF.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa ar­rived in Mr Mu­gabe’s home district aboard a he­li­copter at around 11.30am, along with his deputy Vice-Pres­i­dent Dr Con­stantino Chi­wenga, Zanu-PF Na­tional Chair Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri and other se­nior rul­ing party of­fi­cials.

This was the first of a se­ries of ral­lies to thank the peo­ple for vot­ing over­whelm­ingly for him and Zanu-PF in the July 30, 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

The Pres­i­dent got more than 55 000 votes in the four con­stituen­cies of Zvimba and about 312 000 votes across Mashona­land West prov­ince.

The se­cond-high­est tally was MDC Al­liance leader Mr Nel­son’s Chamisa roughly 200 000 votes.

Zanu-PF won 18 of Mashona­land West’s 22 con­stituen­cies. MDC Al­liance won three and In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Mr Temba Mliswa bagged Nor­ton.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s to­tal was the high­est num­ber of votes re­ceived by a Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in the prov­ince since 1980.

Swept by the pal­pa­ble ex­cite­ment in Murombedzi, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa changed di­rec­tion as he emerged from a brief­ing with his of­fi­cials so as to get closer to the peo­ple.

It ig­nited a frenzy as peo­ple waved their green and black caps, em­bla­zoned with his pic­ture, to ac­knowl­edge their sup­port for the Pres­i­dent and his vi­sion to turn Zim­babwe into an up­per mid­dle-class econ­omy by 2030.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa thanked the mul­ti­tudes for their back­ing.

“Tauya pano zuva ran­hasi se­vatungamiriri venyu takokwa kuno neMashona­land West prov­ince. Zuva ran­hasi rabva rati gwede gwede sez­vatau­rwa naVice-Pres­i­dent. Rabva rati gwede gwede nezuva ra24 No­vem­ber gore rakapera pakatanga Se­cond Repub­lic ndichi­itungamirira ini.

“Ndoomu­sangano wedu weku­tanga at na­tional level. Ndoziva kuti manga muchi­ita mu­sangano maweek­end ese aya, padis­trict, pa­province nepabranch asi uno ndewe ku­tanga. Nd­o­funga kuti hazv­ina kun­goitika zvega kuti ti­tange nekuno,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent went on: “I thank the peo­ple of Zvimba; you showed that you are Zanu-PF to the core. There were oth­ers in the party who said the party would lose if they were not cho­sen to rep­re­sent the party. They went astray but you showed that you do not fol­low an in­di­vid­ual but the party. The party is supreme,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa out­lined what his Gov­ern­ment has been do­ing, and will do, to grow the econ­omy and im­prove peo­ple’s stan­dards of liv­ing.

VP Chi­wenga also ad­dressed the gath­er­ing, say­ing unity and progress should be cher­ished by ev­ery­one, be­fore call­ing on the op­po­si­tion to be pa­tri­otic.

“The com­ing of the Pres­i­dent to Murombedzi is to thank the peo­ple that they have given him a man­date to start the Se­cond Repub­lic, the New Dis­pen­sa­tion. This is his first year as the coun­try’s leader,” he said.

“Af­ter vot­ing for the Pres­i­dent and the party, we got an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity. Let this trend con­tinue into fu­ture elec­tions.”

The rally saw Nor­ton leg­is­la­tor Mr Mliswa don­ning Zanu-PF bear­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s por­trait, and the Head of State and Gov­ern­ment ac­knowl­edged his pres­ence.

In an in­ter­view, Mr Mliswa said he be­lieved in Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s vi­sion.

“Peo­ple need to ap­pre­ci­ate that I sup­port the Pres­i­dent and I be­lieve in his poli­cies,” he said.

Also present at the rally were Mashona­land West Min­is­ter of State Mary Mliswa-Chikoka, Zanu-PF provin­cial chair Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi, and other se­nior of­fi­cials from the rul­ing party.

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