Mugabe non-resignation speech – SONA 2017 – Full Video

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Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe refused to resign as expected in hist state of the nation address on 19 November 2017

In an address on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) President Robert Mugabe said that he will continue as president of Zimbabwe despite speculation that he was going to resign.

Mugabe said that the military intervention was justified and that the reasons why it took place would be rectified. He dispelled rumours of a coup and said that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) had remained respectful to him as the commander in chief.

He acknowledged his recalling by the Zanu-PF Central Committee as the party’s President and first secretary. Mugabe said that people should not be guided by vengefulness.

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“The operation mounted by Zimbabwe Defence Forces in the week that has gone by was triggered by concerns arising from their reading of the state of affairs in our country and the ruling Zanu PF party.

“Whatever the pro and cons of the way they went about registering those concerns, I as the President of Zimbabwe and as their commander-in-chief do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to and do believe that these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of deep patriotic concern for the welfare of our country,” Mugabe said.

“The operation I have alluded to did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order nor was it a challenge to my authority as Head of State and Government, not even as commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. The command element remained respectful and comported with the dictates and mores of constitutionalism,” he said, but added “a few incidences may have occurred here and there but these are being corrected”.

Mugabe added that his engagement with the security bosses had created a fresh “sense of collegiality and comradeship” binding the various arms of the security establishment.

“. . . the lack of unity and commonness of purpose in both party and government was translating to a perception of inattentiveness to the economy. Open public spats between high-ranking officials in the party and government exacerbated by multiple conflicting messages from both party and government made the criticisms levelled against us inescapable. All this has to stop as we inaugurate a new work culture,” the former Zanu PF leader said.

“The way forward thus cannot be based on swapping via cliques that ride roughshod over party rules and procedures. There has to be a net return to the guiding principles of our party as enshrined in its constitution which must apply fairly and equitably in all situations and before all members. The era of victimisation and arbitrary decisions must be put behind as we all embrace a new ethos predicated on the supreme law of our party,” he said.

Mugabe called for inter-generational conflict to be resolved through a clear succession plan.

“All these matters will be discussed and settled at the forthcoming congress within the framework of a clear roadmap that seeks to resolve once and for all any contradictions and omissions that have affected our party,” he said.

Mugabe declared he would preside over the congress processes “which must not be pre-possessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public”.

“Given the failings of the past and the anger these might have triggered in some quarters such developments are quite understandable. However we cannot be guided by bitterness or vengefulness both of which will not make us any better party members or any better Zimbabweans,” Mugabe said, calling for reconciliation and forgiveness.