PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday described the main opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa as a wayward child who a responsible parent continues to feed and clothe despite the child’s ungratefulness.
Mnangagwa said Chamisa and the country’s other detractors thrive on the suffering of the people and warned that Zimbabweans will build their country in spite of “those who want the country to suffer”.
“Hongu kungava nezvimbwamupengo zvinowanikwa apo neapo, kana mwana mumba akaita benzi hamumurashe munogara naye, kana mabika sadza momupa onovata, kana anzwa nzarazve momupa, mazuva achingofamba achipenga hake asi musha uchienda mberi,” he said in Shona, while addressing Zanu PF supporters who gathered near Eureka Gold Mine, which he was commissioning.
Loosely translated, the President compared Chamisa to an ungrateful child who must still be provided with meals and shelter.
“Don’t lose hope with those who want their country to suffer, who have sleepless nights when they see developments taking place in the country,” said Mnangagwa to cheering supporters.
“What we want is unity and peace. If we are united in the party Zanu PF, we shall take our nation to greater heights,” the President said speaking in Shona. He said no amount of negativity from the oppositional forces will stop the country’s development, which has gathered pace.
President Mnangagwa said there was no turning back on the Zimbabwe dollar, acknowledging that it was a mistake in the first place for the country to adopt the US dollar in 2009. He said the currency was being destabilised by “big fish” who he said would be apprehended soon.
“They destroyed our currency during the First Republic and we started to use their currency. However, no country can develop using other people’s currency, so we brought back our money. We are building the economic fundamentals, however, we have crooks in our midst, we are targeting the big fish, we want to build our country,” he said.
Hiss critics accuse him of lacking political will to fight graft especially where his top brass is involved.