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Full Text of Robert Mugabe Address to the Nation of Zimbabwe as he does not resign as expected


Fellow Zimbabweans I address you tonight on the back of a meeting I held with the security elements command, mediated by Father Fidelis Mukonori, arising from the state of affairs in the country. Whatever the pros and cons, I as president of Zimbabwe acknowledge that issues raised by the generals that they were raised out of honesty and deep honesty and love of Zimbabwe by our generals.

Todays discussions have underscored returning the nation to perfect peace and security and ensure law and order prevails and prosperity returns to the nation. Our state of peace, law and order amply indicate that we Zimbabweans are a peaceful nation who resolve things with a level of dignity and restraint not found in other nations, a veritable resource we summon and draw upon in times of vicissitudes. The operation was not a challenge to my command as president and commander in chief and Im happy the pillars of state remained functional throughout the issues and happy with the comradeship that held forth within our security system.

Gvt remains committed to improving social and material conditions of the people and will soon unveil gainful projects for the people.

Veterans of the struggle may have found issues of the struggle, wanting and needing attention. Their war contribution, exacted lifelong costs, hardly repayable. In respect of the party and party issues raised by the security commanders they had to be attended to with a great sense of urgency.

The way forward has to be a net return to the guiding principles of our struggle’ The era of victimisation and arbitrary decisions must be put behind as we embrace a new ethos of camaraderie.

Zanu Pf is a party of traditions served by generations held together by values which must continue within our old established players and new players through a well defined sense of hierachy and succession to all be discussed and settled at the forth coming congress to address all issues that have affected our party negatively.

I will preside over the congress in a few weeks time in December and I conclude this address well aware of issues that might have been triggered in some quarters and such developments are understandable and we cannot be guided by anything that doesn’t make us better members or Zimbabweans.

We must learn to resolve and forgive issues in a Zimbabwean manner, let us all move forward reminding each other of our war time mantra, Iwe neni tinebasa. I thank you and good nite, tatenda, Asante, Siyabonga!

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