'We want to give Mnangagwa the benefit of the doubt'

On Friday, Zimbabwe's newly elected president, Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn into office.

This is after former president, Robert Mugabe stepped down from the helm this week.

Stand-in host of The Midday Report, Ray White talked to Zimbabwean lawyer and founding member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), David Coltart.

Coltart says there is no doubt this marks a step forward for the Zimbabwe. He adds that under Mugabe the country was crashing and burning, adding that he barely understood the country's economy.

He was both an oppressive leader but also one who didn't run the country very well.

David Coltart, Zimbabwean lawyer and founding member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)

At the very least, Mnangagwa is going to be someone who understands the economy even though he isn't a democrat, he adds.

Coltart says they want to give the new president the benefit of the doubt but his history doesn't give Zimbabweans too much encouragement.

For more analysis on the Zimbabwe's new president listen to the clip below:


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