Mnangagwa demands an end to retributions

Owen Gagare

NEW President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on Zimbabweans to stop retribution and embrace peace as he starts his first day of office after former president Robert Mugabe’s resignation on Tuesday.

Mnangagwa’s call came amid renewed military raids yesterday on Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s houses in Greystone Park and Glen Lorne respectively, and private offices of the latter.

“Soldiers raided our house yesterday again; they harassed maids and abducted Kasukuwere’s niece. They took all the cars. The staff at home cannot talk, they are all in tears and scared,” a family member said yesterday.

“They also went to Kasukuwere’s offices and demanded keys to the safe to get money. Upon failing to find the safe keys, they hunted down the employee who keeps the keys. They failed to find her, but took her sister instead. We are living in fear. We are appealing to the new president to help us and stop this terrorisation”

A relative of Moyo said: “They returned again and stormed the house, destroying all the repairs which had been made after last week’s attack. They ransacked the house, smashed the CCTV and looted. Mrs Moyo and kids are terribly traumatised.”

Finance minister Ignatius Chombo (pictured), who was seized last week, was said to have been released and dumped by soldiers at his gate yesterday only to taken by police.

Ignatius Chombo

“Chombo was dropped off at his gate last night, but immediately arrested by Law and Order police who took him to Rhodesville Police Station,” a relative of the minister said. “We are appealing to new president to rescue the situation; it is now becoming a serious humanitarian crisis.”

There were also moves this week to invade the Mugabe family’s Mazowe properties.

On Tuesday, Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s Choppies supermarket in Mutare was looted by some rogue elements who were celebrating Mugabe’s resignation.

Chombo, Moyo and Kasukuwere were kingpins of Zanu PF’s G40 faction led by former First Lady Grace Mugabe which was fighting with Mnangagwa’s group over Mugabe’s succession.

Sources said scores of security personnel from police and intelligence services were still under arrest since the military operation to weed out “criminals” last week. Among those who were arrested was Central Intelligence Organisation director of security Albert Ngulube who was brutally assaulted before being released and later hospitalised.

However, Mnangagwa said yesterday he was working on transitional arrangements which will lead to a new dispensation but called on Zimbabweans to avoid retribution in the meantime.

“While this is going on, I implore all Zimbabweans to remain patient and peaceful and desist from any form of vengeful retribution … Let us not therefore allow criminal elements bent on destabilising the peace and tranquillity prevailing in our country, by either settling political or social scores outside the ambit of the law,” Mnangagwa said. “We are all Zimbabweans and let us be exemplary as we work towards consolidation of our unity and the prosperity of our nation. In this vein, I would implore our citizens to refrain from malicious practices and report any such incidences to the law enforcement agencies for their appropriate legal action.”

7 thoughts on “Mnangagwa demands an end to retributions”

  1. Penyai says:

    ha ha ha a serious humanitarian crisis because 3 people are in trouble? Do they even remeber what they did in 2008? how they caused loss of many lives? short memory handiti? at least now you know how it feels in a zim jail. You all celebrated the disappearance of Ita Dzamara and up to date people like Jonathan were steal talking bull about it vachinyomba the victims. Vakaura! Infact dai makaurawa.mbwa dzavanhu.

  2. beers says:

    Emmerson should not even waste time entertaining those G40 gabal one is above the law in this world its payback time.infact let the police move in quickly investigate them and take them to court.

  3. liberty masunda says:

    They have already suffered why should they be arrested again. The President has said no more forms of vengeful retribution.

  4. Upenyu Imhindu Pindu says:

    Saw Chombo chained together with Chipanga in leg irons, sorry sight indeed. It seems Chombo was actually limping. Felt sorry for the guy, but eish these guys once in high offices become so arrogant and inconsiderate and one wishes they taste just a bit of their medicine. However this should be a warning to all that crime does not pay, it will catch up with you eventually.

  5. Charles Frizell says:

    Yea, Ignorance Chombo has been a Bad Guy for years. I am also waiting to see Motormouth Moyo in court! That will bring joy my heart indeed.

  6. mhlaseli says:

    Terrorisation??? no, its simply called terror

  7. Sagitarr says:

    The new president came into power to implement “operation restore legacy” to deal with the criminals “surrounding RGM. Well, I have asked who are these criminals? and what are their crimes? If we have no answer to that, it appears to me, after the “new” cabinet has been selected, that ED is still surrounded by the same criminals. What does that tell us? I am not stupid and will not praise stupidity and will not let “bygones be bygones” whilst the thieves and murderers are still part of the so-called “new” government. New at what?… looting version 2.0?

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