01-08-18 by Spotlight Zimbabwe

Mnangagwa’s Wordsmith Says ED’s Tsvangirai Visit Not Publicity Stunt

President Mnangagwa's Spokesman and Press Secretary: George Charamba

 

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Zimbabwe’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, George Charamba, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s visit to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s Highlands home in Harare on Friday was not a publicity stunt.

In an interview with VOA Studio 7, Charamba said the courtesy call was part of Mnangagwa’s responsibility as a national figure to show his capacity to work across the political boundaries.

“Well, I think good politicians know when to wear the national colors and when to wear club colors, if I may use that metaphor. Today’s visit marked the president of Zimbabwe wearing national colors in order to relate to not just another national figure but also a person who is actually not well-disposed. It is an expression of compassion, an expression of responsibility which the president as a father figure of the nation is expected to show … That basically is significant. I know that the reflex of many people is to see to party political terms but I don’t think that’s the impulse that drove the new president to the meeting.

Charamba, who is also the presidential spokesperson, dismissed suggestions by some political analysts that the visit was a publicity stunt, saying there was nothing sinister about the new president’s meeting with the MDC-T leader as Tsvangirai attended Mnangagwa’s inauguration.

“It will be very fair to ask those same analysts why they didn’t level the same criticism to Mr. Tsvangirai when he came to attend the inauguration ceremony of the current president. Was it a publicity stunt? And if it is, well, then it’s a good turn that deserves another.”

Asked whether the two will continue engaging each other in the near future, Charamba said, “… The hallmark of the new era is capacity to build bridges and cross boundaries. If the mindset of the nation is fixated with boundaries which are drawn across political lines then the nation is in for a rude shock. We are likely to see a recognition that we are Zimbabweans first and foremost before we are Zanu PF, MDC or any other party.”

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  • “It is an expression of compassion, an expression of responsibility which the president as a father figure of the nation is expected to show … That basically is significant. I know that the reflex of many people is to see to party political terms but I don’t think that’s the impulse that drove the new president to the meeting,” said George Charamba. He was talking about President Mnangagwa’s recent visit to Tsvangirai’s home.

    This is nonsense, since when has Mnangagwa learnt there is such things as compassion and responsibility? Here is the man who has been Mugabe’s bogeyman, the tyrant counted on him to do all the dirties where having a cold heart, no compassion for the suffering of others be they political opponents or innocent, defenceless and totally helpless people was a must have. Where was Mnangagwa’s compassion and responsibility when he masterminded Zanu PF’s vote rigging, brutal repression and corrupt activities to steal money used to finance the party’s criminal activities?

    Mnangagwa must have forgotten his sense of responsibility in his jacket when he staged the coup to stop Tsvangirai becoming president in 2008. No doubt, the same thing happened again when he and his fellow Joint Operation Command thugs stage the second coup to ouster Mugabe in November 2017.

    We know, President Mnangagwa is desperate to regain political legitimacy, he is illegitimate right now following the coup, and one way for him to do so is for him to hold free, fair and credible election. We also know that holding free elections is the one luxury he and his cabal cannot afford given their checked track record. Zanu PF got away with another rigged election in July 2013 because Mugabe bribed Tsvangirai and his MDC friends to contest. Mnangagwa needs Tsvangirai and MDC to do the same again this year.

    The visit was to assure Tsvangirai he is still a member of the exclusive Zimbabwe ruling elite if he played ball! President Mnangagwa has no intention of implementing even one democratic reforms to allow free and fair elections and you, George Charamba, want us to believe that is proof the thug is responsible!