PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has dismissed former President Robert Mugabe’s comments this week telling the former Zanu PF leader that Zimbabwe has moved on.
He was responding to Mugabe’s unrestrained utterances in which the former President claimed he had been forced to resign under duress and that Mnangagwa was illegal.
But Mnangagwa said Zimbabweans are now seized with resuscitating the economy and planning a free and fair poll.
“President Emmerson Mnangagwa has noted recent remarks made to the media by former President Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe. On 21 November 2017, former President Mugabe tendered his resignation in terms of Section 96 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
“He is entitled to express himself freely as is the case for any private citizen. The Zimbabwe government continues to honour all its obligations towards the former President’s welfare and benefits as provided under the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” said Mnangagwa.
In November last year, Mugabe was forced out of power after Zanu PF pushed for his impeachment on the back of a bloodless military coup. Mugabe stepped down as the impeachment proceedings began paving the way for Mnangagwa’s return from brief exile.
The then Zanu PF leader had fired Mnangagwa only two weeks earlier on allegations of plotting to unseat him.
Despite having addressed the nation and told citizens the military action was constitutional, Mugabe told journalists early this week that Mnangagwa is an illegal leader who had stabbed him in the back.
But Mnangagwa seemed unconcerned.
“The nation has moved on. Our focus at this time shall remain on preparing for free, fair and credible elections in 2018. This is a key step in the immense task at hand, which is to lift our people from the effects of the years of severe economic regression and international isolation,” said Mnangagwa.
The new Zanu PF leader seemed to dismiss Mugabe’s utterances outright even ignoring issues raised by the nonagenarian including the 94 year-old’s demands for a meeting.