Zimbabwe’s soon-to-be new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised a new democracy and jobs after returning from exile following Robert Mugabe’s removal as president.
Speaking in front of the headquarters of the ruling ZANU-PF party he said the people had spoken.
It was his sacking that led the party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mugabe’s 37-year rule.
“Today we are witnessing a beginning of a new and unfolding democracy for our country…
….“No one is more important that the other. We are all Zimbabweans. We want to grow our economy, we want peace in our country, we want jobs, jobs, jobs in our country
Mnangagwa who is to be made the new president on Friday will serve out the remainder of Mugabe’s term until elections next year.
Raziah Athman from Africanews questions whether Zimbabwe is really getting the leader it wants:
“Most Zimbabweans are looking to have new leadership, but then again will it be really new leadership since Emmerson Mnangagwa who has been appointed by Zanu-PF to be a sort of transitional President has been in the party and was Mugabe’s ally and also has a tainted past. With this new President, there is the hope that there will be the lifting of sanctions from both the EU and the US. Most Zimbabweans are hoping that this new leadership will take the country forward.”
Today people shared their prayers for a #NewZimbabwe—writing them on cards and attaching them to a prayer line in Africa Unity Sqaure. It was incredibly moving to walk down the line and read people’s prayers. #Zimbabwe#ZimAfterMugabepic.twitter.com/4xqiJub2z1— Doug Coltart ✊??? (@DougColtart) November 22, 2017