Harare — President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said peace can never be imposed from outside and that outsiders can only assist in raising the nation.
Speaking at the inaugural Post –Election dialogue, Mnangagwa said Zimbabweans owe it to themselves to raise the nation.
“We owe it to ourselves as Zimbabweans to raise our country higher up the perking order of nations. Outsiders can only assists us but the prime responsibility for our country’s development remains ours. This is what sovereignty means. Moreover true peace can never be imposed from outside, but must issue from within our own society,” he said.
He said the dialogue process was a fulfilment of the pledge he made upon his inauguration.
“Dear brothers and sisters, this occasion is a fulfilment of the pledge I made upon my inauguration to engage and consult all my fellow presidential aspirants on ways to move our country forward,” President Mnangagwa said.
President Mnangagwa said opposition political parties should accept that he was the legitimate winner of the 2018 harmonised elections.
“In view of the July 30 results and the subsequent Constitutional Court pronouncement, I suggest that we all accept the results of our Harmonised Elections as a legitimate expression of the will of the Zimbabwean, in order for us to focus on the next elections which are due in 2023,” he said.
He said no one will thrive in an environment of poverty hence the need to grow the economy.
“Whatever our political affiliation, none of us, let alone our members, can ever thrive in an environment of poverty and economic stagnation.
“We have to revive and grow our economy in order to create durable livelihoods and employment, especially for our youths,” President Mnangagwa said.
Several presidential candidates from last year’s harmonised elections attended the meeting while MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa refused to attend.