HARARE, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday pledged that his government will embrace every Zimbabwean including those against his party, sending a conciliatory note.
His remarks followed threats he issued last Sunday against residents of Harare and Bulawayo for rejecting his Zanu-PF party in the just ended elections.
The two cities overwhelmingly voted for the MDC-T led by Mugabe's main challenger in the elections, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mugabe had said residents of the two cities must look up to the MDC-T, which his party defeated, for service delivery.
But speaking at the burial of a Zanu-PF member Kumbirai Kangai at the national heroes' acre on Saturday, Mugabe made an about turn and said every Zimbabwean was entitled to government support regardless of their political affiliation.
"We will not deny you food if in need. We will not punish you. Every Zimbabwean is entitled to government support," he said.
Mugabe beat Tsvangirai in presidential elections held on July 31 by 61 percent against Tsvangirai's 34 percent. His Zanu-PF party also won a two-thirds majority in parliament, reversing a loss they suffered in the 2008 elections when the party lost parliamentary majority for the first time since the country's independence from Britain in 1980.
Mugabe was sworn into office on August 22 and is set to announce a new cabinet next week.
Meanwhile, Mugabe criticized people in some quarters who accuse his party of monopolizing the conferment of national hero status to distinguished Zimbabweans.
The MDC-T and some civil society organizations have in the past made such accusations and have called for the estbalihsment of a non-partisan body to adjudicate on conferment of national hero status.
Mugabe said the national heroes' acre, built by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was a burial place for distinguished patriotic Zimbabweans that made significant contribution to the liberation and development of the country and remained loyal to the revolutionary principles of Zanu-PF.
It was not a burial place for everyone and those unhappy must establish their own burial places, he said.
"We don't want to hear such complaints again. Find your own places to bury your own people," he said in vernacular language which characterized most of his speech.