Zimbabwe set to swear in Emmerson Mnangagwa as new president

 Former vice-president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa who was sacked by Robert Mugabe, would be sworn in as president.

According to reports, Mnangagwa was sacked by Robert Mugabe to pave the way for his wife to emerge as the head of the ZANU-PF, the ruling party.

Lovemore Matuke, ZANU-PF chief whip, told Reuters that Mnangagwa would be sworn in within 48 hours. He added that Mnangagwa would serve the remainder of Mugabe’s term until the next general election in September 2018.

Simon Khaya Moyo, ZANU-PF spokesman also confirmed this to journalists. “I believe that the fired vice president Mnangagwa, who the party central committee endorsed, will come back in the next 24 hours or so and he will be the one who will be sworn in to be president for 90 days,” said ZANU-PF spokesman.

The only leader Zimbabwe had known since independence in 1980 was detained for days until he eventually stepped down. He tendered his resignation letter to parliament on Tuesday. The resignation letter reads:

“Notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe
In terms of the provisions of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, amendment number 20, 2013.

Following my verbal communication with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at 13:53 hours, 21st November, 2017 intimating my intention to resign as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.

My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability. Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Yours faithfully,
Robert Gabriel Mugabe President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.”

Source: ( Reuters)

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