President-elect Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has commended Zimbabweans for voting resoundingly for Zanu PF in the just ended 2018 harmonised elections which saw him narrowly winning the Presidential vote while the party secured a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly.
President-elect Mnangagwa was addressing a congratulatory and appreciation meeting organised for him at the Zanu PF Headquarters in Harare.
“Pama elections takarakasha vanhu. Tinofara kuti takapfuudza two thirds majority. Vanotitevera vane 63, kana mukavapa dzimwe 63 havasviki patiri (We won the elections resoundingly. We are happy we got two thirds majority. Those close to us got just 63 seats, even if we give them another 63, then will not get to us),” said President-elect Mnangagwa.
President-elect Mnangagwa revealed that the party now knows those who did bhora musango (those candidates who encouraged people to vote for them as MPs, but told people for the president they were free to make other choices).
Cde Mnangagwa urged Zimbabweans to now move forward and develop the country together.
“We are all Zimbabweans together, let us move forward in building our country,” he said.
President-elect Mnangagwa reiterated that the government and Zanu PF do not have the power to interfere in the operations of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission which is an independent body.
He added that as Zanu PF, they were happy with the way ZEC conducted itself.
“As Zanu PF we did not interfere with the work of ZEC and as govt we do not have power to interfere in ZEC operations. It is an independent body. Govt funds ZEC through parliament. As Zanu PF we did not have a problem with the way ZEC conducted itself,” President-elect Mnangagwa said.
He denounced the August 1 violence perpetrated by MDC Alliance supporters in Harare where they burnt properties and vehicles, resulting in the death of at least 7 people after soldiers fired live bullets on to protesters.
The President-elect said police were overwhelmed by the disturbances as most of them were deployed to polling stations for the 2018 harmonised elections.
Cde Mnangagwa spoke about the Bulawayo bomb explosion, saying it was God who spared the lives of the leadership at White City stadium on the 23rd of June.
He revealed that Vice President Kembo Mohadi and National Chairman Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri were later flown to Johannesburg, South Africa for further medical attention.
“VP Mohadi was in great pain but he is feeling better now. We wish him a speedy recovery, we love him and we want him back at work soon,” he said.
The meeting was attended by the party’s Senatorial, National Assembly and women’s quota candidates, including the Zanu PF top leadership – Vice Presidents Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi and Zanu PF National Chairman Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri.