Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday

Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday

HARARE, November 22 (The Source)- Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to return to the country on Wednesday and will be sworn in as president on Friday to replace Robert Mugabe who quit after nearly four decades in power, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda said.

The ruling ZANU-PF party elected Mnangagwa, who was dismissed as vice president by Mugabe on November 6, at a special meeting on Sunday, completing the circle for the man nicknamed The Crocodile.

His dismissal provided a lighting rod for the army to take over, leading to Mugabe being forced out by his party after 37 years as president.

Mnangagwa skipped the country following his dismissal, saying he had been informed of a plot to end his life. He is expected back in the country later on Wednesday.

ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Parliament that Mnangagwa is expected to chair the party’s Politburo meeting later today.

Mugabe, who resisted calls from his party to resign when the military took over the country and confined him to his private residence, gave in on Tuesday evening as a joint sitting of Parliament was debating a motion to impeach him.