Zimbabwe’s new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has made the call for Zimbabweans who fled the country because of the economic decline and political turmoil to return home and help rebuild the country.
Mnangagwa, a former guerrilla leader during the Rhodesian Bush War, has held a series of senior Cabinet positions under Mugabe, including minister of state security during the Gukurahundi massacres in which up to 20,000 mainly Ndebele civilians were killed.
He served as First Vice President of Zimbabwe from 2014 until his dismissal in early-November 2017 which many believed prompted the coup d’état thus forcing the resignation of Robert Mugabe from the top leadership position of the country.
Mnangagwa has touted his new administration as one that will focus on economics and trade cooperation and will do away with some of the policies set by the previous regime.
“We need to revisit our own legislation in Zimbabwe to open up business. With my team, we first began to look at the indigenization legislation.”
He earlier told thousands of jubilant supporters at the headquarters of the ruling ZANU-PF party in the capital, Harare that they were witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy.
“We want to grow our economy; we want jobs,” he added.
“All patriotic Zimbabweans (should) come together, work together.”
Mnangagwa, who is under pressure to revive the economy ahead of elections next year, also said recently that he was resolute about the changes he was introducing.
“There is no business as usual. Things have changed, it’s a new era,” he said at a meeting with business leaders in South Africa.
“I’m from the military. If it’s ‘left turn’ then it’s ‘left turn.’ If it’s ‘right turn’ it’s ‘right turn.’ No confusion.”
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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