Mnangagwa to be sworn in today as Leader of transitional government
Harare, Nov. 22, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Zimbabwe’s former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is expected to be sworn- in following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, will return home on today , a ruling party ZANU-PF official said.
Meanwhile a latest report said that “a deal has been proposed that former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa should lead a transitional government that will be constituted of stakeholders from other political parties” in Zimbabwe.
“One of the priorities of the transitional government will be to restore the economy that has experienced decline in recent times,” the report said.
Meanwhile, NewsDay reported that the country’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai and war veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa had flown back home from South Africa on Wednesday.
Both Tsvangirai and Mutsvangwa were “ready to enter negotiations to form a transitional government with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa“, the report said
Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out, was expected to land in Zimbabwe at 1130 GMT, Larry Mavhima, an ally of the former vice president, told Reuters
The 93-year-old Mugabe had clung on for a week after an army takeover, with ZANU-PF urging him to go. He finally resigned moments after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.
People danced in the streets of Harare and car horns blared at the news that the era of Mugabe – who had led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 – was finally over. Some brandished posters of Mnangagwa and army chief General Constantino Chiwenga.
Speaker of parliament Jacob Mudenda is due to hold a news conference at 0830 GMT.enter negotiations to form a transitional government with former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa“, the report said.
‘Criminals around Mugabe’
Tsvangirai and Mutsvangwa had both been in South Africa on different missions, the report said.
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) on Wednesday announced that it had taken over the country and was keeping the country’s president Mugabe and his family under guard at his home as the military was getting rid of the “criminals around Mugabe”.
On Monday the ZDF warned the 93-year-old leader that it would intervene if he continued purging party veterans in a bid to see his wife, Grace Mugabe, become his successor.
The takeover, which has largely been described as a coup, also saw the arrest of several ministers and members of the so-called “Generation 40” group within the ruling party.
According to a report by SABC, “a deal has been proposed that former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa should lead a transitional government that will be constituted of stakeholders from other political parties”.