Political analysts have called upon Zimbabweans to work together with President Emmerson Mnangagwa as he sets out to fulfill his pledge to revive the economy and foster development in the country.
This comes after thousands of Zimbabweans cast their votes in the historic elections on July 30 for a new parliament and president.
Mnangagwa won the Presidential election with 50.8 percent, just an edge ahead of the country’s largest opposition party MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa who garnered 44, 3 percent.
The ruling Zanu-PF also managed to retain its two third parliamentary majority.
Political analyst Dr Davison Gomo urged Zimbabweans to play their role towards the country’s development.
“President Mnangagwa has pledged to work tirelessly to resuscitate the country’s economy, he has already started with ground work. This process, however, needs every Zimbabwean to also play their role to ensure the country goes forward. The greatest challenge that we have is corruption.
“Corruption is deeply rooted in our society from the lowest to the highest level of people. We need to address corruption together, identify those who are corrupt and be able to expose them,” he said.
Dr Gomo said President Mnangagwa must work towards employment creation.
“There is need for the newly elected government to work tirelessly towards resuscitating institutions such as the National Railways of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) and National Social Security Service (NSSA). If these institutions are resuscitated employment will be created. People need all the promises he made to be fulfilled so that we move on as a nation,” he said.
Another political analyst Richard Mahomva implored Mnangagwa to work towards fulfilling his promises to the people of Zimbabwe.
“Political parties buy their way into power through a manifesto, the Zanu-PF manifesto spoke about retooling industry, employment creation, infrastructure rehabilitation, eradicating corruption, social cohesion and development. Now that he has won the elections he needs to fulfill his pledges. The President needs to have a solid cabinet to visit the thematic fundamentals that can drive the nation towards development,” he said.
Political analyst Fredrick Gure called upon Zimbabweans to desist from violence and focus on national development.
“Zimbabwe is a peaceful nation and we need to safeguard that peace. Violence is never the case when people have a misunderstanding. In most cases it is usually the ordinary citizen that is affected. We need to find more amicable ways to address our differences but our greatest concern must be on nation building. Zimbabwe is destined for change under the leadership of President Mnangagwa, people need to give him an opportunity to prove himself,” he said.
Zimbabweans interviewed by The Southern Times were optimistic about the future under leadership of the newly-elected President.
Harare vendor Sarah Bvumapo (42) said she was optimistic the new government will deliver its promises.
“The people went out in numbers and voted for President Mnangagwa. We hope that he will avail jobs, cash and good living standards for us as he promised. So far, we have heard about people coming into the country seeking to develop, we are sure he will certainly deliver,” she said.
Clarence Ncube (27) from Harare said young people must give Mnangagwa a chance to change the country’s economy.
“It’s sad to note that most young people are not ready to give Zanu-PF a chance, you find that they are still crucifying him for Mugabe’s sins. He knows what went wrong in this country, Zimbabweans must give him a chance,” he said.
Zimbabwe held its first election in 37 years without former President Mugabe.
Local and international election observers have declared the elections peaceful.
However, the MDC Alliance has since said it will lodge a Constitutional Court appeal to have the elections reviewed arguing that the outcome was rigged in favour of President Mnangagwa.