Zimbabwe: ED Rules Out Inclusive Govt

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa (file photo).
7 August 2018

President-elect Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has ruled out the possibility of an inclusive Government when he appoints his new Cabinet after his inauguration expected in the next few days.

Cde Mnangagwa is of the view that though a coalition government was not bad, it was not necessary at the moment.

In his first interview with Sky News after the July 30 elections which he won with 50,8 percent against, his closest rival Mr Nelson Chamisa of MDC-Alliance -- who got 44,3 percent of the total votes cast -- President-elect Mnangagwa promised to be everyone's President.

His ruling Zanu-PF party also got a comfortable two thirds majority in Parliament with 145 seats out of the 210 contested seats.

Said Cde Mnangagwa: "In 1964 Harold Wilson of Britain had one seat, beating the Conservatives by one seat and he formed Government and ruled England and I have two thirds majority and you are talking about me abandoning my two thirds majority to set a Government of National Unity?

"Not that it's a bad idea, but it doesn't show that there is any need. I am saying politics should now take the back seat because the elections are behind us. We should now put our shoulders to the wheel for purposes of modernising our economy, growing our economy together. Those who have voted against me, those who voted for me, we say Zimbabwe is ours together.

"Let's move on. The best argument, the best vision, the best ideas have taken the day."

Cde Mnangagwa said the elections were free and fair though the opposition, principally MDC-Alliance, was always making threats of violence even during the campaigning period.

"It (election) was free, fair, transparent process from the period of campaigning to the period of actual voting. Everybody has declared the process, free, peaceful and transparent," said Cde Mnangagwa.

"This single one (MDC-Alliance) which you spoke about inciting violence even during the time of campaigning although during that time no violence occurred. That is their identity," he said.

"Their identity is that of violence."

Cde Mnangagwa said he would respect the Constitution on Presidential term limits saying he does not wish to extend his Presidency beyond two terms of five years each provided for by the Constitution.

"Perfectly and I always say I that I will obey the spirit of the Constitution to the letter. If I am elected for a second term, I will do my second term but I cannot go beyond that," he said.

On his relationship with former President Mr Robert Mugabe, Cde Mnangagwa said: "Until recently when he said he did not want to vote for me I didn't think he would reach that stage of not voting for me because there is nothing wrong that I have done to him. But he has his democratic right to choose whom he votes for. I have no problem with President Mugabe totally. When I phone him and discuss there is no limit, there is no rancour between me and him."

Cde Mnangagwa said he does not regret the land reform programme so does the people of Zimbabwe.

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