HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe used his address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to discuss his recent re-election, which he referred to as a result of a “credible” poll.
During his speech, Mnangagwa emphasized that his administration has strengthened good governance and brought about “unprecedented development” in the country.
Despite criticism at home and reports from regional and international poll observer groups suggesting electoral irregularities, President Mnangagwa maintained that the election was free and fair.
He stated, “Zimbabwe continues to entrench democracy, constitutionalism, good governance, and the rule of law, following the recently held 2023 harmonized general elections.
“I am pleased to highlight that our country enjoyed peace, before, during and after our free, fair, transparent, and credible elections.”
As customary for Zimbabwean leaders at the UN summit, President Mnangagwa called for the removal of sanctions imposed on the country by Western nations two decades ago.
He argued that these measures were designed to undermine the sovereign will of the Zimbabwean people.
Despite the sanctions, he asserted that Zimbabwe has used its domestic resources to achieve “unprecedented development and economic success.”
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Mnangagwa pointed to Zimbabwe’s economic growth, stating, “For the last three years, our country has been the fastest-growing economy in our Southern African region.”
He also highlighted the government’s focus on poverty eradication and improving the quality of life for its citizens, particularly those in rural areas.
However, many Zimbabweans continue to struggle with daily essentials, such as access to food.
The country faces frequent power outages, and a significant portion of the working class has resorted to additional, often undignified, means of generating income to supplement their low wages.
President Mnangagwa’s address at the UN General Assembly reflected his administration’s commitment to portraying Zimbabwe as a nation making progress on various fronts, despite ongoing challenges faced by the majority of its citizens.