After he was unceremoniously fired from his Deputy President position, his son drove him to the Mozambique border but they were intercepted by the police who were instructed to have him arrested. They managed to get past them.
He walked for 37km to safety – no mean feat for a 71-year-old man.
Mnangagwa’s economic growth approach could best be understood in an analogy withy the People’s Republic of China in 1978 when Deng Xiaoping introduced the modernisation of its economy as priority.
This was after a decade of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution that had failed miserably and resulted in the widespread suppression of intellectuals and economic stagnation.
Xiaoping was Mao Zedong’s colleague in the Communist Party leadership. He introduced an open door policy and made sweeping changes to uplift the quality of life and modernise socialism. He introduced the one China-two systems policy.
President Mnangagwa and his colleagues in the Zanu-PF leadership understand the Chinese experience of transformation and change.
They know that it is possible to move from wrong to right, in order to snatch victory at the jaws of despair.
Sanctions against Zimbabwe must be dropped. Constitutionality must be repaired and adhered to – even in the land reform programme. Zimbabwe needs foreign direct investment and a stimulus for the economic growth.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is more than equal to the task.
By Jacky Seroke for The Sunday Independent
* Seroke is Secretary for Political and Pan-African Affairs in the PAC of Azania.