Zimbabwe Will Have ‘Fair Elections’: President Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new Zimbabwean President in November, 2017 Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new Zimbabwean President in November, 2017 Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa told BBC that the former leader Robert Mugabe and his family will be left in peace and the retired president will be offered with lucrative retirement packages.

“The new administration will do everything possible to make sure the family lives in peace, undisturbed,” Mnangagwa told BBC.

In an interview with BBC’s Mishal Husain, the Zimbabwean President said no one has been granted immunity from Prosecution, though.

The former Zimbabwean President was ousted in November last year after a popular uprising orchestrated by the Zimbabwean military.

Mr. Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for nearly four decades. In his long rule, he was accused of destroying the growing Zimbabwean economy.

Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought jubilation in Zimbabwe. The oldest leader of the world Mugabe announced his resignation after nearly four decades.

“Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy,” Emmerson Mnangagwa, the president of Zimbabwe told thousands of jubilant supporters at the headquarters of the ruling ZANU-PF party in the capital, Harare. “We want to grow our economy, we want jobs,” he added.

Mr Mnangagwa, the ruling President, has reiterated his pledge for “free, fair and transparent elections” in the BBC interview.

“If we lose elections, that’s it,” he said. “Whichever party wins the election will proceed to take the reins of power,” said the Zimbabwean President.

He refused to apologize for Matabeleland massacres, though. He added: “The most important things is what has happened has happened. What can we do about the past? We have put up a commission to deal with that issue. That should not stop us having a better future.”


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