“In his first 100 days, Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke of re-engaging, forgiveness, democracy and unity. But though words matter, so does the survival of a system that destroyed the hopes and dream of generations. The elation that greeted the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year reign naturally enough transformed into hopes for his successor,” Mawarire reportedly wrote.
“Zimbabwe is going for elections in four to five months’ time and we have to preach peace, peace and peace because we know it is good for us and we have no doubt that we will have peaceful elections,” Emmerson Mnangagwa was quoted as saying by the official Herald newspaper during an official trip to Mozambique.
“Mnangagwa and (Vice President Constantino) Chiwenga, they know only too well that they have come into power via the bullet and not the ballot,” Moyo, who is in self-imposed exile, told the BBC’s Hard Talk programme. “We have a… constitution that the people of Zimbabwe made for themselves and it has been broken and it has been broken via a coup,” Jonathan Moyo said.
The opposition is apparently now crying foul accusing Mnangagwa of stuffing his government with military personnel or better still claiming government is now being run by a military council. Even so, opposition MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu declared this week that the democratic struggle in Zimbabwe is “far from over”.
Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has appointed the country’s former military commander as one of his two vice-presidents, state-run media has reported. The move deepens concerns about the military’s influence after its ousting of Robert Mugabe last month. The appointment of Constantino Chiwenga was widely expected after his retirement earlier this month. He had to retire from the military to take up the position, according to the constitution.