Today, Nov 24th 2027 stands as a historic day for Zimbabwean as Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as president of Zimbabwe. This will make him the country’s second leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980, 37 years ago.
Mnangagwa took his oath of office in front of tens of thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans who had gathered at a stadium in Harare, after greeting the crowd with a raised fist.
“I, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, swear that as president of the republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey, uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe,” he said.
Zimbabweans sang and danced in the stands and raised banners reading “Dawn of a new era” and “No to retribution”. The country are hoping this is a whole new beggining for them.
Mnangagwa is a 75-year-old stalwart of the ruling Zanu-PF party, widely known as “the Crocodile” – a liberation war nickname that may have stuck because it suited his reputation for ruthless cunning. He was sacked as vice-president by Robert Mugabe two weeks ago, trigging a political crisis that culminated in Mugabe’s resignation on Tuesday.
He will serve until the end of the presidential term next year. An election date has not yet been set. Among other prominent and suitable candidates Mnangagwa will be expected to contest. The question now is, “Will he be different from the previous president? We suppose it’s too early to answer that.
Expectations from Zimbabweans are high with this new government.