UPDATED: Zanu-PF nominates ED Mnangagwa for President

Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa

Incoming President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa

The ruling party Zanu-PF has nominated Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa to fill the vacancy of President following President Mugabe’s resignation on 21 November 2017. Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda told the august House on Wednesday afternoon that Parliament had also notified the Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet to make the necessary arrangements for the swearing in ceremony which has been slated for Friday, November 24, as well as the handover takeover process. In terms of the Constitution, if the office of the President falls vacant, it must be filled by a nominee of the Party which the former President came from. The nominee must take oath of office within 48 hours.

Speaker of the House of Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda announcing the swearing in of Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as President of Zimbabwe in parliament. Picture by John Manzongo

Speaker of the House of Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda announcing the swearing in of Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as President of Zimbabwe in parliament. Picture by John Manzongo

Speaker of the House of Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda and president of the senate Ednah Madzongwe during the announcement of the swearing in of Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as President of Zimbabwe in parliament. Picture by John Manzongo

Speaker of the House of Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda and president of the senate Ednah Madzongwe during the announcement of the swearing in of Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as President of Zimbabwe in parliament. Picture by John Manzongo

Meanwhile the official South African Government News Agency tweeted through its official handle @SAgovnews Wednesday afternoon a picture of Cde Mnangagwa paying a courtesy call on SA President Jacob Zuma. Cde Mnangagwa is expected in the country today.

Meanwhile the official South African Government News Agency tweeted through its official handle @SAgovnews Wednesday afternoon the picture above of Zimbabwe’s Incoming President Cde Mnangagwa paying a courtesy call on SA President Jacob Zuma. Cde Mnangagwa is expected in the country today.

Earlier today multitudes had gathered at Manyame Airbase in Harare where they expected to welcome Cde Mnangagwa. However they later moved to Zanu-PF headquarters were numbers continued to swell throughout the day as they awaited the arrival into the country, of Cde Mnangagwa.

Earlier today multitudes had gathered at Manyame Airbase to welcome Incoming President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

Earlier today multitudes had gathered at Manyame Airbase to welcome Incoming President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

Welcoming Cde Mnangagwa

Welcoming Cde Mnangagwa

Welcoming Cde Mnangagwa

Earlier today multitudes had gathered at Manyame Airbase to welcome Incoming President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

Earlier today multitudes had gathered at Manyame Airbase to welcome Incoming President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

Earlier today multitudes had gathered at Manyame Airbase to welcome Incoming President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

Earlier today multitudes had gathered at Manyame Airbase to welcome Incoming President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.

 17:21 – Zanu-Pf supporters are gathered at their party headquarters to welcome Incoming President cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa who had left the country following his expulsion from Government as Vice President a fortnight ago.

Part of the crowd gathered at Zanu-PF headquarters to welcome Incoming President Mnangagwa.

Part of the crowd gathered at Zanu-PF headquarters to welcome Incoming President Mnangagwa.

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17:28 – Cde Mnangagwa takes over from Cde Robert Mugabe who, last Saturday, was recalled by the Zanu-PF Central Committee from the position of President and First Secretary of the party. Cde Mugabe subsequently tendered his resignation amid impeachment on 21 November 2017 after 37 years in power.

17:38 – Cde Mnangagwa is expected to address Zanu-PF supporters who are gathered here with their placards emblazoned with heart warming messages.

17:41- Some of the messages bear the messages, “Welcome Back Our Hero,” ” ED For a New Zimbabwe,” “Thanks You War Vets” and “Thank You ZDF,” among others.

17:51 – Loud cheers as Cde Auxilia Mnangagwa, wife to the newly appointed party President, arrives at Zanu-PF headquarters ahead of Incoming President Mnangagwa’s address.

19:03 – Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives at the party headquarters to address thousands of supporters who have endured the wait since morning.

19:08 – With his trademark dance that irked former President Mugabe and wife Dr Grace Mugabe, Cde Mnangagwa joins the jubilant crowd in dancing to Jah Prayzah’s “Kutonga Kwaro” which has became a sort of an anthem for Zanu PF supporters.

19:12 – Dr Obert Mpofu addresses the crowd. He addresses Cde Mnangagwa as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Cde Auxilia Mnangagwa as the distinguished First Lady.

19:17 – “Your Excellency, the events of the past two weeks have been happening at lightning speed but all to bring hope to the people of Zimbabwe,” says Dr Mpofu

19:18-  He thanks the ZDF saying they fought hard to bring dictatorship to an end. Dr Mpofu describes the army as the most disciplined and educated force in the world.

He introduces Cde Mnangagwa who is now the President of Zanu PF and the President in waiting for Zimbabwe.

The President Cde Mnangagwa comes to the podium and  moves the crowd with his trademark “Pasi nemhanduuuu . .  .!”

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19:21 – “Exactly 16 days ago, I received a letter firing me as VP of Zimbabwe. Within two hours, I was informed of plans to eliminate me. Realising that on the 12th of August, I was subjected to poisoning resulting in me being airlifted to South Africa.”

19:22 – “This time around, I could not wait for them to eliminate me.”

19:23 – Cde Mnangagwa says the G40 cabal had captured the Executive and the orders were no longer coming from those who were meant to make them.

19:24 – I am sure you saw my letter to the President where I advised him that he has always said if the people no longer want him, he would step down and as such, he ought to listen.

19:25 – “Today, you are witnessing a new democratic dispensation.

19:26 – Cde Mnangagwa says he has been in constant touch with the service chiefs since ZDF’s Operation Restore legacy started.

Cde Mnangagwa pledges to be a people’s servant and asks all Zimbabweans to work together for the good of the economy and employment creation.

19:28 – Cde Mnangagwa announces that he is already receiving messages from neighbouring and international friends willing to work with Zimbabwe in turning around the economy.

“I have also communicated with the South African and Namibian Presidents as well as Former Tanzanian President Mr Jakaya Kikwete and they have applauded Zimbabweans for the peaceful manner and conduct during the operation.

“People want food, security and jobs. We need to work together to ensure we deliver. I dedicate myself to be your servant,” he says much to the joy of the crowd.

He says a lot of lies were told, with reference to a serpent’s head being crushed, and asks, “I do not know whose head has been crushed.”

He concludes with his trademark “Pasi nemhanduuuu, pasi nemhanduuuuu,” slogan.

This wraps up this update.

UPDATES: Simiso Mlevu, PHOTOGRAPHER: Wilson Kakurira; VIDEO EDITOR: Noel Munjanja; ONLINE EDITOR: Happiness Chikwanha

 

 

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  • Bauer

    Koo Mboko achadii

  • Lennon Emmanuel

    “if the office of the President falls vacant, it must be filled by a nominee of the Party which the former President came from”

    i section chii tiite ta gugula

    • The Lion

      sixth schedule of the constitution

      • Lennon Emmanuel

        Looked at looked and still looking for it

  • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

    good for Zimbabwe .. . .Exactly what I yearned for…restoration of the War Veterans legacy…so that our kids can take over from an ideologically informed perspective. Mbavha ana Kasukuwere nana Tokai Kasukuwere, Dickson Mafios, Jonono and others vanga vanetsa.

    • zimbotry

      A Legacy is fine but the question needs to be asked if the ideals of that time are relevant in todays World. Living in the past has been one of the problems of Zimbabwe. The World is not a stagnant place

  • Aristotle

    Please ED this is the post that you have to take heed of if you are to succeed.
    1. Abolish the bond notes so that prices are pegged entirely on the value of the US dollar. This is the fundamental step to stabilize the economy and prices. It’s better we struggle with plastic money than operating with this current chaos.

    2. Clean up the civil service. Youths need to get genuine employment rather than being paid for being political agents hidden under the name of youth development ward something! MPs and Councillors are already there.

    3. Attract investment. Review the indigenous economic policies and ensure full security for investments
    4. never be the mouthpiece to utter controversial issues at international gatherings. It does not help the country in any way. Issue a common statement with as African countries rather than foolishly trying to be the ONE.
    5. Genuinely get rid of CORRUPTION. Disassociate yourself from known thieves like Mliswa, Mutodi and the like.
    6. Lastly, just like others have pointed out never use government funds to fund party activities. Related CIO must be state not party employees

    • mavis kayoto

      The guy has 9 months he can not do all you ask for in 9 months .Unless he starts by injecting what he looted yes it’s possible.

  • Jingogunner

    The people of Zimbabwe have no concept of democracy. They have, the majority of them, never experienced democratic politics. This Mnangagwa will not be either democratically elected – how could he be when the constitution insists that only a candidate from the ruling party can replace a presidential vacancy not created by an electoral result – nor will he have an understanding of fair and even handed . The people of Zimbabwe are too ignorant and too poorly educated to understand what democracy is and what it is not. Zimbabwe will return to Mugabe style dictatorship under this Mnangagwa cretin. Sorry to spoil your party with the truth.

    • Mavis Kayoto

      You have 9 months to stop it from happening. Vote for a different ideology. That way you don’t cry foul when this guy fails to deliver

  • Cde Hondo

    This idea of going to the airports must stop, Is this a Mugabe reloading again, hero worshiping must stop not today or tomorrow but now. Pamberi negutsaruzhinji pasi nema boot lickers (aka Obert Mpofu). I thank you.

  • musayigwa

    Seeing the “Most obedient son” Mpofu take a lead is the needle that pops this fictitous bubble of joy. a looter continua

  • Dudley Chabvuta

    This is a zanu pf affair not a national affair I can sense a lot of people getting disappointed really

  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    Fail, ‘pasi…..’!⁉

  • Tambai Chinemavende

    ED, welcome back. I did not think you were going to ever rise again like most of those fired before you. Please, and whoever you are going to be running with ‘muchitonga’ in zpf and Zimbabwe, take care and avoid the well documented Mugabe pitfalls. Praise singers and bootlickers (SK, ‘Diamond’ Mpofu, Kiri et. al) please lets desist from this sickening practice which apart from demeaning you, also creates frankenstein monsters like we saw in rgm. State media, kunyanya Herald neZBC, musangorumbidze nemakonzo asina miswe! Be more responsible in your journalism. Ndimi maibva maita unleash zpf and rgm on Zimbabwe zvinova zvatisvitsa patave apa pekuita marombe in our own country. I remember Siza, Tazzen, naRuben vachifurirwa nekuonererwa naJoji naJona vaibva vaita kunge Mugabe and zpf were the best things ever to happen in Zimbabwe!
    Anyway, people of Zimbabwe, lets refuse to be taken for another ride, by anyone especially these tired and tested zpf looters.To the opposition, remember shiri inoda kurohwa ichangomhara! Don’t give it time to familiarise itself with its surroundings. Haizoroveka! Saka, this is the time to let all systems go and insist on all the necessary reforms, electoral and otherwise so that we quickly move to the next level of doing away with the tyrannical arrogance and kleptocracy within zpf and its handlers. Rwendo urwu rurefu, runtoda kukwinya kana kuti tinopedzisira toti rgm aive better!

  • succuba

    No sanctions have ever been put on Zimbabwe… why are you such a compulsive LIAR (fake)?

    • Madara

      to be fair… the government has put its own sanctions on zimbabwe by its disastrous policies.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Kkkkkkkki . I have since accepted you as a mental case exercising your right to be ignorant. One day you will shout that there is no corruption in our country! You are a robot singing to buttress our opposition to ZANU PF politics. Kkkkkk.

      • succuba

        Name the sanctions here for discussion (fakey), let the readers decide who is lying…

        Lets debate.

        … Come on, either put up or shut up…

  • POSIWE NCUBE NA

    hi , it boggles the mind that emerson mnangagwa receives a hero welcome while , while many in gutu, buhera, let me not mention matabeleland because his works speak for themselves , this man is a murderer par excellence. he killed maimed many as his gukurahundi troops moved throughout the midlands and matabeleland , he went on ten years ago to reverse people ‘s will by not allowing the mdc to govern while defending a tyrant , tribalist,regionalist , a genocidal practitioner, by name of deposed robertgukurahundi mugabe, so where is the hero there , people in manicaland lost sons chickens,not mentioning property and their crime voting mdc so emerson is not worse but an evil man who can not be president because he is a murderer a tribalist .

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    We are talking about our revolutionary legacy as ZANU PF party ,not one leader`s legacy. Our party is more than our former President. Those like you who think the departure of our former President means death for ZANU PF are celebrating foolishly. ZANU PF is here to stay , A new leader has been constitutionally elected to lead us. Our party is indeed a going concern,that will remain dominant on our country`s political landscape. Be guided accordingly.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Its not a weakness to change one`s views politically when new circumstances demand so. Many leaders in ZANU PF supported our outgoing President , but are singing differently? That is practical politics. It is said in politics there is no permanent friend or foe. What is permanent is one`s interest. That means we can support a leader today on the understanding of our revolutionary trajectory. When that trajectory is threatened that becomes changed circumstances,in my learned view. So don`t spend your time listening to what anyone said in the past in politics. The rallying of ZANU PF members or cadres or supporters under their new leader after his election by the party Central Committee to lead us now , is politically natural and necessary. That is how our party gets re-united and strong to continue governing our motherland.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Be reminded of Cde Mnangagwa`s interview on the Chinese TV few years ago when he gave his vision about what is needed in our policies review to attract FDI, in the interest of our economy. This was when on his official visit to China. The video is there on the internet . As an economist ,I pray he has not changed those economically sound views.