Zimbabwe’s incoming interim President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described the country’s current transition as the unfolding of a new democracy.
Zimbabweans have blamed former President Robert Mugabe for the country’s economic and political woes.
Addressing Zimbabweans for the first time since his return, Mnangagwa appealed to them to work together in revitalizing the economy and creating jobs.
The hundreds of Zimbabweans who had gathered to welcome Mnangagwa home cheered as he told them that no one person would be above the other in the new regime.
He roughly outlined his mandate before taking over office.
“We’re going to grow our economy, we want peace in our country and we want jobs.”
Mnangagwa says he has already received messages of co-operation from other nations.
“We need the co-operation of our people outside the continent, that we shall achieve, and we’ve already received messages of support.”
Mnangagwa says he will give his formal address at his inauguration on Friday.
Meanwhile, Mnangagwa has accused Mugabe of being captured by the so-called G40 cabal.
The ruling party Zanu-PF has been plagued by infighting which many say is what the led to the fall of Mugabe.
At the weekend, the party recalled Mugabe and expelled a list of other officials who were thought to be affiliates of the G40 faction including the former first lady, Grace Mugabe.
Former vice president and the new leader of the ruling Zanu-PF says that decisions on the country were no longer made by the exec but those controlling it from outside.
“Order will now be coming not from the executive but from the people outsider the executive to implement and to run the government matters.”
The military intervened by placing Mugabe under house arrest in what it calls “operation restore legacy”.
The cracks in the ruling party worsened as allegations of Mugabe sacking Mnangagwa to bolster his wife Grace Mugabe’s political career.