SENIOR STAFF WRITER
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday lashed out at government critics, describing them as “renegades” bent on derailing the country’s economic recovery, the Daily News reports.
“Today we are holding our commemorations against the background of renewed glaring and unjustified attacks by our perennial detractors, both inside and outside our borders.“Let us, however, not lose heart or be discouraged, but look back to our rich history and draw lessons from our departed, who since the 1890s united and showed resilience in their gallant fight against oppressive forces,” Mnangagwa said.
“Our position is clear. A firm foundation has been laid and continues to be strengthened for a thriving constitutional democracy, and a just, open, accountable and prosperous society.“With unfaltering determination, and emboldened by the experiences of the unrelenting attacks on our country in the past two decades, we know that the future is bright. Our success is inevitable.“The divisive falsehoods and concoctions by renegades and supremacists who want to pounce on our natural resources will never win the day. Truth shall triumph over lies and good over evil,” Mnangagwa said further.
“The Secretary-General has been following with concern recent developments in Zimbabwe. He urges the Government of Zimbabwe to ensure the protection of all fundamental human rights, notably the freedom of opinion and expression and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, in accordance with Zimbabwe’s human rights obligations.“He also calls on all political actors and civil society to resolve issues peacefully through inclusive dialogue,” the deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary general, Farhan Haq, said recently.
“My administration, therefore, makes no apologies for fixing our systems across the socio, economic and political spectrum.“Accountability and transparency will keep on being enforced in every facet of our society. The door to the old manner of doing things is closed. The corrupt way is shut and those who choose that route will face dire consequences,” Mnangagwa said.
“The location of this (Mbuya Nehanda) statue carries added historical meaning because the intersection of Samora Machel Avenue and Julius Nyerere Way is the spot where Mbuya Nehanda used to rest and drink water from a river that flowed at the site,” Mnangagwa said.
“Other distinguished heroes and heroines of the First Chimurenga/Umvukhela such as Sekuru Kaguvi, Chaminuka, Mkwati, Queen Lozikeyi Khumalo, Chinengundu, Mashayamombe, Mgandani Dlodlo, Chiwashira, Muchecheterwa, Chingaira Makoni and Mapondera, among others, will be accorded appropriate recognition,” he said.“From the Second Chimurenga/Umvukela, the late General Josiah Magama Tongogara and General Alfred Nikita Mangena, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Cde Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and Cde Simon Vengesai Muzenda, among others, will also be honoured,” he also said.