Sydney Kawadza, Mashonaland West Bureau Chief
GOVERNMENT will continue catering for the welfare of Zimbabwe’s founding father, former President Robert Mugabe, and accord him the respect he deserves, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
A year after he 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 President revealed that the former leader, 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 variku-Singapore.”
He said the former President was supposed to return to Zimbabwe on 15 October, 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 30 November.
“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.
President Mnangagwa also advised war veterans to “walk the correct line” following squabbles that have rocked the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association in recent weeks. War veterans in Mashonaland West have expressed lack of confidence in ZNLWVA Chair Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa for allegedly denigrating Command Agriculture and being unresponsive to his constituency’s concerns.
He applauded the Zanu-PF Women’s League organ for its well-organised structures; and urged Zanu-PF’s National Youth Secretary, Cde Pupurai Togarepi, to galvanise young people and involve them in business.