Ocnus.Net
News Before It's News
About us | Ocnus? |

Front Page 
 
 Africa
 
 Analyses
 
 Business
 
 Dark Side
 
 Defence & Arms
 
 Dysfunctions
 
 Editorial
 
 International
 
 Labour
 
 Light Side
 
 Research
Search

Africa Last Updated: Sep 8, 2018 - 10:00:04 AM


Robert and Grace Mugabe embrace Mnangagwa rule as tensions die down
By ANA Reporter, 7/9/18
Sep 7, 2018 - 11:51:00 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Harare ‑ Relations seem to be thawing between Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe and his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa, with the former calling for unity of purpose.

Mugabe on Thursday, said he accepted the election result, adding that the just-ended July 30 election had addressed constitutionality issues since the military coup last November, which catapulted Mnangagwa to power.

“Mnangagwa won. It’s now constitutional,” Mugabe said.

“It was an election and his victory cannot be disputed. We now leave behind us the transgressions of yesterday.”

He was addressing mourners at the funeral of his mother-in-law, Idah Marufu who died on August 31, at the Trauma Centre in Borrowdale, Harare.

Marufu was a resident at Mugabe’s Blue Roof mansion in the suburb.

The 94-year-old former leader said although he preferred former defence minister Sidney Sekeramayi, Zimbabwe was now in a new era and people must work together for the good of the country.

“Those who staged the coup knew that Sekeramayi was my preferred successor,” Mugabe said.

“But that is now in the past and everyone must dialogue and unite. We are now in a new era. Let us work together for our country.”

Mugabe called for tolerance, saying the opposition must be allowed to do its politics within the confines of the law.

His wife Grace, who was in Singapore when her mother passed on, thanked Mnangagwa for facilitating her travel back home.

“I want to thank (Mr) Mnangagwa for chartering a new plane to bring me home to mourn my mother. It was a beautiful plane, a brand new Gulf Stream from Qatar,” Grace said, adding that she felt comforted.

“(Mr) Mnangagwa comforted me. If it takes my mother’s death for us to have the friendship we once had, then let it be.”

Relations between the two -- allies for more than five decades -- became frosty following the November 2017 military coup, which left Mugabe bitter and calling for an immediate return to constitutionality.

A day before the July 30 elections, Mugabe told the media that he was not going vote for Mnangagwa because he had tormented him


Source:Ocnus.net 2018

Top of Page

Africa
Latest Headlines
Nigeria: Terrorists Terrorizing Terrorists
La Grande stratégie et la montée en puissance du pouvoir d’influence de la Chine en Afrique
Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion for Africa. Where will the money go?
The EU’s bank in Africa steps up the action
People across Africa have to travel far to get to a hospital. We worked out how far
How Halliburton Bribed Top 80 Nigerians Report shows IBB, Abacha, Shonekan, Abubakar and scores of eminent Nigerians took Halliburton bribes
How Kabila and the mining giants went from best friends to adversaries
Sudanese President Bashir dissolves government, appoints new PM
This is Why Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Africa’s Last ‘Eternal’ President Bowed Out
Zambia is reportedly in talks with China over acquiring its main power company after defaulting on loan repayment