Addressing Zanu-PF supporters at Nabushome Primary School on Friday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa paid tribute to Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga, Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu and Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda for facilitating his rise to power in November last year.
Mnangagwa said the three played significant roles in his ascendency to power with Chiwenga leading the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) in a military intervention, Mpofu chairing a Zanu-PF Central Committee meeting that expelled all G40 members and Mudenda facilitating the impeachment process that pressurised Mugabe to resign. Said Mnangagwa:
The security sector found it necessary that the flouting of the constitution by members who were not in the executive was not proper. The criminals who had surrounded our former President had to be removed in order for this country to go back to constitutionalism. There are two men amongst us here that I want you to take note of. There is Obert Mpofu and Speaker of Parliament (Jacob) Mudenda.
You see these two men, Mudenda is head of Parliament. When things got bad, in the party we had the Central Committee, which saw thousands of Zimbabwe taking to the streets demanding Mugabe to step down. What they demanded had to happen, but there is a proper way to do things. The most senior among them was Obert Mpofu who chaired that meeting, which expelled the entire G40 cabal and those who were insulting us and left pure Zanu-PF cadres.
In Parliament, Mudenda appreciated that the constitution of the country must be protected and defended. He is the man who defended the constitution. When Parliament decided to go for impeachment, there was an appeal from the former President not to proceed but the Speaker (Mudenda) stood his ground and said I am guided by the law and not wishes of an individual. He could have succumbed to that pressure but he stood by the law, by the constitution and was ready to suffer the consequences of standing by the law.