“First you need to be poisoned and you need to survive the poisoning… Next, you need to become a border jumper. Thirdly, you need people like [Sibusiso] Moyo somewhere.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Huffington Post, 17 January 2018.
“We now want Zimbabwe to catch up with the rest of the countries in the region and across the world. We have declared Zimbabwe open for business across the board… Let me assure you that Zimbabwe is not the same and will never be the same again… We have an obligation to look after our people. If you want to go out, it must not be because home is bad but it’s a matter of choice.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Southern Times, 16 January 2018.
“My administration focuses on the following issues, one – unity, unity, unity. Love, love, love. Work, work and work. All Zimbabweans we get united under our national flag and national anthem. We accept that we may have different views about how to run the country and that again, we accept it. So, we don’t need violence at all whether with the family or the community or the country. If people differ, differ peacefully. It must be an intellectual difference in terms of approach. That should not be developed into violence. We must accept each other as sisters and brothers determined to develop our country.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Harare 24, 16 January 2018.
“I think we have more than 27 opposition parties in the country but with my focused administration, I hardly see whether they will find ground left behind which I am not taking care of. I said so back home and the response is that, Mnangagwa has taken over our various manifestos. No! My administration addresses the national interests of our country and where the ideas of any opposition party coincides with national interests, that I take on board and it becomes mine and not theirs.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Harare 24, 16 January 2018.
“We have to look at our educational institutions. During our time, when we went to school a long time ago, we were educated in order to look for jobs to be a clerk or nurse or a driver but we are saying, our tertiary institutions should have curriculums that talk to the industry so that what industry requires, the institutions must produce products who can work in the industry meeting the requirements of the industry… There should be this inter-marriage between the needs of industry and the institutions producing graduates from our institutions. That time is now over where universities pride themselves on producing many graduates… They must produce graduates who can fit our economic times — the technology of today and not all of them should be products who look for employment. They must also be creators of employment.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Harare 24, 16 January 2018.
“When we go to the elections you should not fight.When people support their parties it’s their choice.We should work for the people and not be selfish.There should be justice and national reconciliation because we cannot progress when communities are in conflict.God bless Zimbabwe.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, EWN, 15 January 2018.
“I also urged the people of Zimbabwe to remain peaceful and united as one people ahead of the harmonised elections set for later this year.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, EWN, 15 January 2018.
“They had a request so I have not signed the Bill so it is not yet law [referring to the Land Commission Bill]. I am waiting for a chance to meet the two chiefs and the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Local Government… I will not sign the Bill into law until an agreement has been reached.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Bulawayo 24, 15 January 2018.
“We had this transition peacefully and the former President Mugabe is very safe, we will look after him, we will care for him. He is our founding father of the nation, he is our revolutionary icon and we are determined to preserve his legacy… Those criminals who [had] surrounded him, the transition has been able to remove them from positions of influence.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, The Zimbabwe Mail, 12 January 2018.
“Currently there is no need [referring to the possibility of forming a coalition with Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change]” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, IOL, 5 January 2018.
“I commit to continue to being a listening and responsive President.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe Situation, 2 January 2018.
“2018 shall be the year of all Zimbabweans. 2018 shall be the year of progress. 2018 shall be the year of credible, free and fair elections.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe Situation, 2 January 2018.
“The New Year will have immense opportunities and its fair share of challenges but if we remain United as one people nothing is insurmountable. … The year of the People.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, All Africa, 1 January 2018.
“Government will continue to work tirelessly to create a peaceful and stable political and socio-economic environment which will enable us to be a prosperous nation and to realise our full potential. 2018 should be the year of all Zimbabweans, 2018 should be the year of progress. 2018 should also be the year of credible, free and fair elections.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Bulawayo, 1 January 2018.
“As we focus on recovering the economy, we must shed misbehaviours and acts of indiscipline which have characterised the past.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Insiderzim, 24 December 2017.
“To this end, government will do all in its power to ensure that the 2018 harmonised general elections are credible, free and fair.” – Emmerson Mnangagwa, Insiderzim, 22 December 2017.