President Mnangagwa’s interview with the CNN

by Gift Mashoko

President Mnangagwa is currently in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly. Ever since his arrival he has had no time to rest. He is on demand, following his busy schedule and interviews including CNN.

Cable News Network (CNN) is one internationally recognised news channel that interviewed him and he spoke of the democracy in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe’s new cabinet and the new dispensation’s fight against corruption.

President Mnangagwa highlighted how Zimbabwe now has a democratic space for the first time in decades with many political parties participating in the July 30, 2018 harmonised elections all because of the new dispensation.

“This is the only time in our history since Independence in 1980 that we had more, (we usually had about five political parties contesting elections), this time around, because of the democratic political space which we created, we had 133 political parties; and of those 133 political parties, 56 contested the elections,” he said.

President Mnangagwa told the CNN that people did not have to look in the past but forward, for the nation to move on and that his new cabinet includes new fresh faces who are experts in their fields so as to bring new better ideas to the fore.

“Look at the new Cabinet which I have. How many people are new in that Cabinet? I believe that the past should be left behind and we do our best for the future and work for the betterment of our people. To do so in my view, I need the best brains the country can produce across the board,” he said.

President Mnangagwa also spoke on corruption, highlighting how the new dispensation condemns it.

“We put an agenda to make sure all those involved in corruption account for the corruption they committed, we have a Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission. I have strengthened that one which is indicative of my desire to deal with corruption. And so many cases are being prosecuted of prominent persons who have been affected by the drive we are having now against corruption,” he said.