Zimbabwe: What electorate desire from President Mnangagwa


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Harare, Zimbabwe – Thousands of Zimbabweans from all walks of lifestyles hang valuable the inauguration of the nation’s zero.33 president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a man in whom many are inserting their hopes for the future.

Mnangagwa is taking on from Robert Mugabe, the ninety three-year-ancient longstanding chief who resigned as the nation’s president on Tuesday after 37 years in vitality.

Inaugurated on Friday, Mnangagwa symbolises a ability alternate from his predecessor.

He promised financial alternate, political inclusiveness and solidarity in his inauguration speech, asserting that the nation belongs to « the [bigger] family of countries ».

Al Jazeera spoke to Zimbabweans on the flaws they wish the nation’s new president to take care of:

Theresa Hanga, Fifty three, battle dilapidated

Theresa Hanga, Fifty three, says she hopes the brand new president is ‘now now not fancy Mugabe’ [Tendai Marima/Al Jazeera]

I came the entire intention from Rusape [a small town 175km east of Harare] to interrogate the brand new president being set up guilty and I am precise so jubilant that we’ve a brand new particular person to manual us.

I was a chimbwido [a female « war collaborator »] for the duration of the battle. I was a young lady who would cook for the infantrymen and uncover them when the colonial infantrymen had been coming.

If it had now now not been for us working as their spies and feeding them, it can per chance presumably had been very sophisticated for them to grab the liberation fight, so I’m hoping the brand new president can help in strategies the wants of « battle collaborators ».

He must now now not be fancy Mugabe who forgot us when he obtained into vitality.

Alice Mubaiwa, forty eight, provider

Mubaiwa says she wants police to cease challenging Zimbabwean distributors [Tendai Marima/Al Jazeera]

I am very jubilant with the alternate in management and my salubrious issue as a provider is that there also can impartial aloof be a alternate in the manner the police treat us. I’m hoping the indisputable truth that now we hang a brand new president will imply this.

When they raid us, they spherical us up to find us to the space and beautiful us $20 they occasionally to find our issues. I had been arrested two times because of I also can now now not pay the beautiful, and when I came out, the police by no manner returned my vegetables.

I’m hoping President Mnangagwa will cease the police from treating us fancy this.

I am precise struggling to ship my children to school and to survive, but when the police help taking my issues, then how comprise I dwell?

Tendai Madanzi, 38, university administrator

Madanzi says he has minute to notify for himself despite twenty years of work [Tendai Marima/Al Jazeera]

I’ve been working for the previous twenty years … but I and not using a doubt feel fancy I’ve obtained nothing to notify for it.

I wants to be collecting issues while I am aloof crammed with life and I hang the flexibility to comprise it, but I am unable to.

I did now not leave Zimbabwe fancy masses of americans. It was my choice to discontinue and plot my lifestyles right here.

So I’m hoping the brand new president can help in strategies that these that did now now not leave Zimbabwe also deserve to compose a tight dwelling and dwell a jubilant lifestyles.

Vernon Chidonga, 23, unemployed graduate

Chidonga says formative years need extra job opportunities in Zimbabwe [Tendai Marima/Al Jazeera]

I studied chemical engineering in Cuba, but since I graduated in 2015, I’ve now now not been in a dispute to gather work.

I’m hoping that the inauguration of a brand new president will imply that there would possibly maybe be extra opportunities for young and licensed americans.

I hang a entire bunch expectations of President Mnangagwa and I’m hoping the machine of appointing americans because of of connections or because of of [their] tribe will diagram to an discontinue.

The authorities also can impartial aloof give americans jobs and opportunities because of they’re favorable and now now not because of they’re linked [to them] or they’ve been paid something.

Other folks that are in a position to handing over deserve to be given a huge gamble to empower themselves.

Calm Chifere, 25, provider

Chifere came to the city in hopes of discovering a factual job, but now sells mangoes [Tendai Marima/Al Jazeera]

Currently shows there would possibly maybe be on the entire a high-quality alternate in our nation and I’m jubilant for that. But when we desire Zimbabwe to be successful, then President Mnangagwa must gather a potential to clear up this financial shy away of ours.

I moved from the rural areas to the city with the hope of discovering a job, but now I am right here in the streets selling mangos.

I wants to be the one buying for mangoes on my intention house from work in preference to being the one who sells them.

This and not using a doubt hurts me and I’m hoping Mnangagwa will also be a man who can produce opportunities, now now not fancy Mugabe who destroyed so many.

Observe Tendai Marima on Twitter and Instagram @i_amten.

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