President Emmerson Mnangagwa has congratulated newly elected MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora for his victory in last’s Sunday’s chaotic extraordinary congress.
In a statement on his social media pages a few hours after it was announced that he will commence his annual leave on 1 January, Mnangagwa said he was happy that Mwonzora is keen on engaging the government and also expressed hope that he will collaborate with the MDC-T leader.
In a veiled dig at MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa, Mnangagwa said he welcomes Mwonzora’s expressed desire to abandon “yesterday’s politics of destructive confrontation and obstruction”. Wrote Mnangagwa:
A few days ago, the opposition MDC-T party held its elective congress, in full compliance with, and fulfilment of, court judgments.
Let me take this opportunity to formally and personally congratulate Senator Douglas Mwonzora for prevailing at that Congress.
We took particular note of his declared wish to guide and reshape the politics of opposition towards constructive engagement with the Government of the day.
This is a very welcome move for our Nation which is likely to put politics of rancour behind us, thus triggering collaboration, development and the harmony we solely needed for national progress.
Both as the Ruling ZANU PF Party, and as the Government, we assure Senate Mwonzora and the MDC-T leadership of collaboration towards the growth of prosperity of our nation.
We appeal to all those still stuck to yesterday’s politics of destructive confrontation and obstruction to learning from this salutary gesture by the MDC-T.
To be in opposition need not mean being unduly negative, confrontational, divisive and disloyal to one’s Nation and People.