How does Mnangagwa measure up to the anicipated change that the 14th of November 2017 ignited in the hearts of the Zimbabwean people

Now that the euphoria of ‘our father Ed’ rescuing Zimbabwe has died down, the illusion that was created by the ‘coup d’état’ of a new day in Zimbabwe with Mnangagwa confidently seating in the seat of power is also dying. On the 24th of November 2017 in his inauguration speech President Mnangagwa boldly stated that the ‘culture of government must change and change now’ but this is turning out to be just another lip service paid to a desperate and hopeful people.

Mnangagwa had the opportunity to cement his place in the Zimbabwean people’s hearts by firstly allowing there to be a coalition government representing the major political parties in the country to transition towards the elections but instead he chose many of the very same people who were responsible for Zimbabwe’s current position to continue being ministers. Its ironic that only those ministers who were loyal to President Mugabe are being accused of corruption and yet many of those that Mnangagwa chose were also part of the same government that crippled Zimbabwe.

By choosing Constantino Chiwenga as his vice president Mnangagwa removed the autonomy that the government had and it now seems that the army is part and parcel of the government. On the 31st of December 2017, 10 members of the Mthwakazi Republic Youths were arrested and beaten by the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe National Army because of their protest against Mnangagwa’s involvement in the Gukurahundi genocide that killed at least 20 000 of the Mthwakazi people. This was a clear violation of their constitutional rights and also marked Mnangagwa as a liar when he declared in his inauguration speech that, ‘ …all citizens must feel secure and enjoy a sense of belonging in their land…’.

Maybe I’m just cynical but the photo opps that President Mnangagwa and his wife have been taking over the past few weeks have left me baffled. Auxillia Mnangagwa made it a point to visit the major hospitals in Zimbabwe highlighting the inefficiencies of staff at these hospitals. My question is where was she all this time?…she was the vice president’s wife since December 2014, before her husband’s coup, and was well positioned to visit these hospitals and help if she wanted to but she didn’t…until now. In my eyes this is just another publicity stunt and is no different to her husband visiting the ailing MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and parading his visit to the whole world. I for one am sick and tired of this window dressing type of leadership and if we want to see real change in Zimbabwe we need to make sure that the people with Zimbabwe’s best interests at heart are the ones that are voted for and elected into power in the upcoming general elections….

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