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Catholic priest Father Mukonori breaks silence on #Mugabe negotiations

By Zvamaida Murwira

Roman Catholic Church cleric Father Fidelis Mukonori has said his mediation role between former President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces led by General Constantino Chiwenga, although onerous, was not an insurmountable task as he had handled high level negotiations before.

Acting Director General of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Aaron Daniel Tonde Nhepera, Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, Catholic Priest Father Fidelis Mukonori seen here with Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe  who are seated.
Acting Director General of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Aaron Daniel Tonde Nhepera, Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, Catholic Priest Father Fidelis Mukonori seen here with Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe  who are seated.

Father Mukonori said the mediations were tough, but the guiding principles for the negotiations were telling each other the truth.

He said this yesterday in an interview on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony of President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, who assumed office following Mugabe’s resignation.

“It was something where we had to stand with the truth,” said Father Mukonori.

“What was important was to be frank with each other, telling each other the truth without emotions, but seeking the truth because that is what God wants.

“It is the work of God. There is a time when one has to rest while another person continues.”

Father Mukonori said his mediation role dated back to the liberation struggle and later between Zanu-PF and MDC where he chaired some meetings.

“It is not my first time, throughout the liberation struggle of Zimbabwe I was part and parcel of the discussions,” he said. “I did not have to fire a gun, but I fired my own brains. Before independence, I played my part in a humble way.

“Since independence, other things have happened, during the Zanu-PF/MDC, I led the first nine or 11 months of the discussion between Zanu-PF and MDC. I chaired some meetings.”

Turning to the new dispensation, Father Mukonori said he was optimistic that President Mnangagwa would deliver.

“We need to leave behind good legacy to benefit future generations,” he said. “Everything we do should be for future generation and prosperity for hundred years to come.”

Chiefs’ Council president Fortune Charumbira hailed the peaceful environment that existed last week when the ZDF stepped in to pacify a deteriorating situation.

“As traditional leaders, we want to thank Zimbabweans,” he said.

“Your wish was that our leader should rest and you expressed yourself well. It was not done through violence, but in a peaceful way. No one was injured.

“You used your brains. The ZDF played its part to say do your things in a peaceful way. There should be no hostilities. The ZDF maintained peace.

 

Former Zanu-PF Politburo member Mr Rugare Gumbo said it was critical to give President Mnangagwa a chance to steer the economy.

“This is a historic day,” he said. “Let us give President Mnangagwa a chance. We are happy with the pledges he has made, job creation and investment. The Herald

  • Nehanda wabva zi sticker rako pa picture apo kunge ndiwe wakaitora yet u poached it somewhere

  • Thou Shalt not Steal

    The Priest should be telling the old man and his family to return the stolen money

    • Chibage Zvimba

      Who has not stolen money , here we go again being gullible . Grace , Chombo , Kasukuwere , Moyo , Mpfofu , Munangagwa, Chiwenga, Chyangwa.Mhlanga , Mugabe and family were not alone . No criminal is better than the other. Belonging to one faction does not cleanse diamond money that is missing .

      Mugabe took advantage of our good nature and trust in leaders and hook line and sinker we fall into it again . Even ZanuMdc is singing praises of criminals. Do you think they will release those farms to genuine people not in politics .

      The nation now owes its freedom to gangsters and useless war vets . They are going to present their bill and invoices . There is no stopping unless we get rid of all of them . What changed in 4 weeks for the notorious command Centre to be such angels . They should put him back and allow as as citizen to take him down zvisina any faction or nation owing again to a group of inviduals who claim to have liberated us.

      People need to sober up and seek complete change not this cosmetic change. Our freedom cannot be valued at $10 million . Mutsvangwa has no interest for the people of Zimbabwe .

      We spend 37 years paying for the liberation war and now we wait for another 20 years for being liberated from Mugabe by same people who stood by him for 37 years .

  • Now that Robert is gone,can Bishop Pius Ncube come back?

  • Even without u father Mukonori ..God was still there to gives us a breakthrough.. Mwari havaperegwi