Mnangagwa made the remarks while addressing mourners at the funeral of the late National Hero Highten Nkomo at National Heroes Acre.
“Let us all take responsibility together to ensure that we remain a peaceful and secure nation. As our harmonized general elections call upon us, we must honor those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom by saying no to violence and no to undue foreign interference in our internal affairs,” he said.
Mnangagwa, who ascended to the presidency after deposing long time mentor Robert Mugabe in a coup also accused Britain of using the human rights mantra as an excuse to undermine the country’s sovereignty.
“Our former colonizers are now coming back to us claiming to be human rights defenders, but they continue day and night to pursue nefarious agendas to undermine our independence, sovereignty and freedom.
“The then Soviet Union, China and other countries demonstrated their true friendship and respect for our freedom and human rights by helping us achieve our independence and sovereignty. These countries should maintain friendly, progressive and win-win relations and never try to undermine our identity.
He said that in honor of the late Nkomo and other fallen cadres, young people should be patriotic and determined to get a good education and develop Zimbabwe.