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Meet Zimbabwe’s President-designate

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Mugabe’s surprise decision to tender his resignation letter to Parliament yesterday, cleared the way for Mnangagwa to succeed him as State and party president.

Although Phelekezela Mphoko, the sole vice president in the interregnum, was supposed to take over as acting president according to paragraph 14 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution, this could only have subsisted until Zanu PF nominated a new president.

While Zanu PF had 90 days to do this, the party’s chief whip Lovemore Matuke handed the nomination notice of Mnangagwa as the new president yesterday to Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda.

What remains is for Mnangagwa to become president and will assume office when he is sworn in by the Chief Justice Luke Malaba in terms of paragraph 14(5) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution.

Mnangagwa will serve as president until the next general election, which should be held not later than August 23, 2018.

As soon as he is sworn-in, Cabinet including deputy ministers will stand dissolved in terms of section 108(1)(c) of the Constitution.

Mnangagwa will then pick a new Cabinet.

Information minister and Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo told the Daily News last night that he wished Mnangagwa a good presidency.

“As for the next president, the law is there. The decision taken by the central committee was quite explicit. We want to wish the next president a fruitful endeavour,” Khaya Moyo said.

Asked about the outgoing president, Khaya Moyo said: “The writing was on the wall. By tomorrow, we would have finished impeaching him. We welcome his resignation. He had done so much in pre and post-independence Zimbabwe, but had now overstayed the hospitality of the people of Zimbabwe.

“We wish him a restful time. We want him to realise the people realise what he has done. He deserves a rest. We wish him restful time. We are now focussed on this new development. It is important to solidify unity of the people, we want to promote peace, we don’t want to lose focus,” he said.

Known as the “Crocodile” for his political cunning, the former security chief with strong ties to the military and intelligence apparatus, would inherit an economy mired in recession as gaping inequality, soaring inflation and high unemployment squeeze poor Zimbabweans.

Mnangagwa — an ex-guerrilla fighter who spent a decade in colonial jails with Mugabe for fighting the white minority government— has long been seen as a possible successor.

He was frequently at the president’s side during critical moments of Mugabe’s long, often tumultuous rule, and held important posts such as minister of State security, Defence and Finance, as well as Speaker of Parliament.

A lawyer by profession, Mnangagwa has a reputation as a hardliner and was Mugabe’s chief election agent in the 2008 and 2013 elections, both of which were tainted by violence and accusations of ballot fraud.

Mnangagwa had told Mugabe in a statement released yesterday that there was no reason for them to engage in a tete-a-tete with him as he had been rejected not only by the ruling party but also by the people of Zimbabwe.

He also revealed that he turned down the incumbent’s overtures to return home because his safety and security was not guaranteed.

“I can confirm that Mugabe made contact with me and invited me to return home for a discussion on the current political events in the nation. I told the president that I would not return home now until I am satisfied of my personal security, because of the manner and treatment given to me upon being fired,” he said.

As mystery continues to shroud the former spy-master’s great escape from the country’s secret service and police, Mnangagwa disclosed that a few minutes after he had been sacked from government, the security assigned to him at his residency was withdrawn.

Mnangagwa revealed in his statement yesterday that he had told Mugabe that the current political and constitutional crisis was not a matter between him and the former Zanu PF leader but between the people of Zimbabwe and the latter.

Mugabe’s pillars of strength started to collapse one by one after his controversial wife declared her presidential ambitions, while at the same time the Generation 40 (G40) faction hatched a plan to have Mnangagwa arrested after establishing a case against him.

Thus in his statement, Mnangagwa, who is now set to become the country’s second president in almost four decades said he had no reason to cosy up with Mugabe since he was part of the plot to sink him.

Veterans of the country’s liberation war had threatened yesterday to mobilise thousands to force him out.

Stephen Chan, a professor of world politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, said Mnangagwa needs to do two things.

“The first is to build an inclusive government with the strongest possible technocratic base on fiscal and economic issues,” Chan told the Daily News last night.

“The second is to repair relations with the US and UK, and that means serious work by a Foreign ministry that is not at this moment filled with top talent. But there is no immediate quick fix to the problems of Zimbabwe.”

Chan said the depth of the economic meltdown means there can be some stabilisation in the short term if the West and China make some emergency injections of liquidity.

“But that can’t be relied upon and, even if it occurs, it won’t be sustained. Everyone is having economic problems and transparent economic management is not a Zimbabwean strength right now — so why would anyone put very much money into the country?

“But recovery from economic meltdown, the putting down of strong economic foundations – that will take much longer than people think. It will take a full term of expert and honest government to get this process going,” he said.

Civil rights activist and politics expert McDonald Lewanika said Mnangagwa has a unique leadership opportunity.

“His first order of business is to acknowledge that what has happened is beyond party and that his tasks are about country,” Lewanika said.

“He is in a place to build an inclusive state, sustain the freedom that the gun forces over the last week, and begin the task of making sure Zimbabweans do not suffer through cogent people centred governance.”

Piers Pigou, southern African director of the International Crisis Group, said Mnangagwa has the expectations of an entire nation and millions in the Diaspora in his hands.

“His ruthless reputation precedes him, and will be a constant reminder of that past,” he said referring to the time he served as Zimbabwe’s State Security minister in the 1980s, during Mugabe’s crackdown on an uprising in the country’s Matabeleland and Midlands provinces.

“The so-called Gukurahundi massacres, carried out by a crack military unit trained by North Korean military advisers, resulted in the killings of 20 000 people, according to an estimate by the rights group Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe.

“He should take ownership of this as part of a genuine reconciliation process. But he now also has an opportunity to help set Zimbabwe on a new course, away from the toxic and corrupt partisan politics that has characterised the Zimbabwean polity,” Pigou said.

“Reform and renewal requires a national dialogue, and inclusive process that recognised what is wrong, key aspects of which have been recognised in the narratives unfolding in efforts to secure Mugabe’s removal. “

A peace and security analyst and doctoral researcher, Josphat Munetsi, told the Daily News Mnangagwa’s presidency can never be as bad as Mugabe on two fundamental reasons.

“The two-term limit provided for in the Constitution gives him limited room to abuse his oath of office,” Munetsi said.

“The precedent set by the military remains a possibility against abuse of power and will keep him in check.” Daily News

  • Nyatsovonesai

  • Kutonga kwaro Garwe.

  • 3rd president after Banana and Bob

  • and Canaan Banana?

  • ummmm no comnt

  • shuffle police and yu will win 2018 elections

  • Which means by the gym in opera term take kana akahwina maelection anenge ava ne81years.

  • Pakaipa

  • Zimbabwe needed someone younger though.

  • GEART

  • Who cares ?.

  • First President was Banana,2nd is outgoing Mugabe and Mnangagwa will be the 3rd…

    • Yaaaa but was just ceremonial president means has not leading

    • The fact still remains, he will be president number 3 not 2

  • From one worn out despot to a more ruthless energetic one,from the frying pan into the fire.

  • Reforms are on the table boss,

  • Reforms are on the table boss,

  • lets give him a chance to prove all critics wrong

    • he must just finish mugabes term then we go to elections and I dont see him standing a chance…ppl are fed up of zanu pf, too long in power

    • its ok if pple decide that ther is nothing wrong he will go bt for nw he will be in charge

  • There are no critics Bt facts ndozvariri garwe,,,,kkkk

  • There are no critics Bt facts ndozvariri garwe,,,,kkkk

  • There are no critics Bt facts ndozvariri garwe,,,,kkkk

  • Zimbabwe to me is a funny country. It’s people are either stupid or it’s a higher level of stupidity. They were singing last as Grace gave them used underwear that ” munu wese kunamai. Later endorsed Bob as their candidate for 2018 jumping up and down like frogs singing GUSHUNGO GUSHUNGO but the same people were seen celebrating the ouster of Mgabe! The fools painted an Old car and put new seats in the same car that has a broken smoking engine which needs an overhaul. ZANU IS THE BROKEN CAR. Munangagwa has been a Mugabe co driver since time immemorial but the fools still celebrated.

    • We call it ‘poltics’ here in Africa.Not politics.Dirty Game.

  • Zimbabwe to me is a funny country. It’s people are either stupid or it’s a higher level of stupidity. They were singing last as Grace gave them used underwear that ” munu wese kunamai. Later endorsed Bob as their candidate for 2018 jumping up and down like frogs singing GUSHUNGO GUSHUNGO but the same people were seen celebrating the ouster of Mgabe! The fools painted an Old car and put new seats in the same car that has a broken smoking engine which needs an overhaul. ZANU IS THE BROKEN CAR. Munangagwa has been a Mugabe co driver since time immemorial but the fools still celebrated.

    • We call it ‘poltics’ here in Africa.Not politics.Dirty Game.

  • Zimbabwe to me is a funny country. It’s people are either stupid or it’s a higher level of stupidity. They were singing last as Grace gave them used underwear that ” munu wese kunamai. Later endorsed Bob as their candidate for 2018 jumping up and down like frogs singing GUSHUNGO GUSHUNGO but the same people were seen celebrating the ouster of Mgabe! The fools painted an Old car and put new seats in the same car that has a broken smoking engine which needs an overhaul. ZANU IS THE BROKEN CAR. Munangagwa has been a Mugabe co driver since time immemorial but the fools still celebrated.

  • he is old should be retired by now vakutamba nevazukuru.since he is there till elections zimbabweans let’s make sure we get electoral reforms and continue vote registering. and next you we massively vote the zanu pf system out .

  • he is old should be retired by now vakutamba nevazukuru.since he is there till elections zimbabweans let’s make sure we get electoral reforms and continue vote registering. and next you we massively vote the zanu pf system out .

  • he is old should be retired by now vakutamba nevazukuru.since he is there till elections zimbabweans let’s make sure we get electoral reforms and continue vote registering. and next you we massively vote the zanu pf system out .

  • I will give him the benefit of doubt. In terms government craft I think the President Designate will do better than Bob by far. He will have to balance and adjust some of course in some areas.

  • I will give him the benefit of doubt. In terms government craft I think the President Designate will do better than Bob by far. He will have to balance and adjust some of course in some areas.

  • I will give him the benefit of doubt. In terms government craft I think the President Designate will do better than Bob by far. He will have to balance and adjust some of course in some areas.

  • Kubvisa mugabe muchiisa mnangagwa zvakafanana nekubvisa chidhoma pamusha muchiisa chikwambo

  • Becoming the third President not second. Banana, Mugabe and then Munangagwa

  • Becoming the third President not second. Banana, Mugabe and then Munangagwa

  • Position position position munhu wese. Garwe pfee panyanga. Mukaramba kubva Garwe, HIS EXCELLENCY GEBERAL CHIWENGA vanotamba nemi

  • Position position position munhu wese. Garwe pfee panyanga. Mukaramba kubva Garwe, HIS EXCELLENCY GEBERAL CHIWENGA vanotamba nemi

  • as long as mphoko is there he cant be e president til 90 days then we go for selections

  • as long as mphoko is there he cant be e president til 90 days then we go for selections

  • 75 jovem?

  • Is he not only going to be president up to June next year ,then elections shud be held, Morgan vs emmarson

    • It looks like he will rule for five years, then hold elections.

    • Where does he get the mandate to rule for 5 yrs , that will be unconstitutional, if ever opposition agree for gnu it must be 2yrs or 1yr to prepare for free and fair elections

    • Tsvangirai needs to rest guys maybe his vice what’s his name

  • Kungoti tikada kutaurisa toitwa rough na General muface uyu Garwe is Old also

  • Musazorambirira kubva pliz

  • 75?? 2 terms means he will be 85? Let’s hope he considers only one term. Zanu Pf needs to be serious on choosing it’s leaders. We need more of young and vibrant leaders.

    • He will lose elections I don’t see him having any chance unless he do undemocratic means

    • no term to talk about come elections time he will be history

  • Mara this guy is old too, 75

  • Ok congrat to Zimbabwean

  • 75 vanhu ava kuda kudya bedzi bedzi

  • Wat difference does it make ukhiphi nyokufakumhlwazi

  • Wat difference does it make ukhiphi nyokufakumhlwazi

  • He will be the third Zim president.. banana ruled for 7 years

  • tru that takuda munhu wechidiki,,,,bcz mamanje tetakuno marcher futi saying akura hee ngaende lol