Harare – Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the new President of Zimbabwe this Friday, speaker of parliament Jacob Mundenda announced to members of press.
Mundenda announced yesterday that Robert Mugabe had resigned and promised to advise the nation on the direction the country would take within 24 hours.
Mundenda began his address, aired live on national TV by explaining the various constitutional guidelines that determine the trajectory the country should take in an event as this one, as well as the processes that needed to take place.
Zimbabwe’s constitution says that in the event that the President dies, resigns, or is impeached, the party which he represented must submit a nominee within 90 days, and once the speaker receives this nomination, he must ensure the President is sworn in within 48 hours.
Mundenda stated that the ruling Zanu PF party sent him a letter advising him that its most authoritative body the central committee had met and decided that should Mugabe be impeached or resign; their nominee would be Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.
Mundenda confirmed that Mnangagwa would be sworn in as President this Friday, and added that relevant authorities would provide more details soon.
It’s a sharp turnaround from the man who had widely been tipped to replace Mugabe, but was fired just over a fortnight ago, as Mugabe motioned to create space for his wife to become Vice President and potentially take over from him.
After 27 years of uncertainty, it brings an end to the succession debate in Zimbabwe. Emmerson Mnangagwa will become the country’s third President, but only its second leader.
Mugabe led Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980.
Mnangagwa who fled the country after he was fired is expected to arrive in the capital Harare today, via a military air base.