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24/11/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
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THE opposition has slammed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s “anti-unity” Pasi nemhandu slogan which he chanted upon his return from exile on Wednesday.

Mnangagwa was sworn in as the President on Friday, taking over from Robert Mugabe who resigned on Tuesday.

His ascendance to the highest position on the land comes after the former President had fired him from both the government and the Zanu PF party, two weeks ago.

Mnangagwa went into exile soon after he was fired by Mugabe, who accused him of plotting to topple him.

His return on Wednesday was facilitated by the Army which took over power from Mugabe, mobilized people to demonstrate against the aged former leader and forced him to resign.

Upon his arrival back in the country late Wednesday, Mnangagwa at the Zanu PF headquarters while addressing his supporters repeated his old Pasi nemhandu slogan (down with enemies).

This came after his allies who include War veterans’ leader Christopher Mutsvangwa and ZDF commander Constantino Chiwenga had said Zimbabweans were “now” one people.

MDC-T, Welshman Ncube’s MDC, ZAPU, Joice Mujuru’s National People’s Party (NPP) and Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe (PDZ) said they were shocked by Mnangagwa’s repeat of the slogan.

“Though we know his targets, the man needs advice on what the country wants. His statement shows that he will not forgive anyone and it contradicts the ZDF statement and it divides the nation,” Kurauone Chihwayi, the MDC spokesperson, said.

MDC-T national spokesperson Obert Gutu said Mnangagwa must not promote hatred among Zimbabweans.

“The politics of thuggery, intolerance, intransigence, and patronage that were the hallmark of the collapsed Mugabe regime should never, ever be allowed to resurface in our beloved motherland,” he said.

NPP secretary general, Gift Nyandoro said Mnangawa’s statement was a true reflection of Zanu PF.

“It is unfortunate for Mnangagwa to make such statements given the fact that the resignation of Mugabe has been a result of the collective will by Zimbabweans hence destructive political slogans were not allowed during the solidarity march of the 18th of November 2017,” he said.

Barbara Nyagomo of the PDZ said such slogans should be used in closed door Zanu PF meetings.


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