Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe President within 48 hours


Former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as President either tomorrow or on Thursday, Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Secretary for Legal Affairs Patrick Chinamasa told an international news agency.

Separately, ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke said Mnangagwa would be sworn in within 48 hours and would serve the remainder of Mugabe’s term until the next general elections, which must be held by September 2018.

Mnangagwa, who was expelled from the party and the government by President Robert Mugabe has made a dramatic comeback ousting his former colleague of more than 40 years.

Mugabe was forced to resign this evening after Parliament started impeachment proceedings which were backed by his ruling party and the opposition.

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe’s resignation during the debate on the motion to impeach him.

His son Chatunga and nephew Patrick Zhuwao had vowed that Mugabe would never resign and would rather die for what is correct.

 It is not yet clear under what terms Mugabe resigned but previous reports indicated that he would be granted immunity from prosecution and would remain in the country.

It is not clear whether this immunity would extend to his family, especially his wife as she was living such a lavish life that people would want to know how she got the money which allowed her to buy mansions all over, a $1.3 million diamond ring for her 20th wedding anniversary and a $60 000 watch for the boastful son Chatunga.



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