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President Emmerson Mnangagwa being adorned with his sash by Chief Justice Luke Malaba soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being adorned with his sash by Chief Justice Luke Malaba soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

PRESIDENT-designate and Zanu-PF First Secretary Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa will today be sworn-in as the country’s Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces with several Sadc leaders here to witness the occasion.

The Herald Online gives you updates of this historic and important event. Stay logged in and be free to participate in the Disqus discussion below.

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9:40 – At the RG Mugabe International Airport, three Cabinet Ministers arrived early to welcome foreign dignitaries coming for the inauguration of incoming President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa. The Ministers are Cdes Patrick Chinamasa, Kembo Mohadi and Lazarus Dokora.

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9:50- First to arrive was South Africa’s Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele.

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Other Cabinet Ministers  also here are Cde Oppah Muchinguri and Nyasha Chikwinya.

10:00- Botswana President Ian Khama is the first Head of State to arrive. He says he expects to strengthen relations with Zimbabwe and its new administration.
President Khama was followed by Zambia President Edgar Lungu.

President Lungu arrived in the company of former President Kenneth kaunda. President Lungu hails the  manner in which Zimbabwe conducted its transition, saying it shows the growth of democracy in Zimbabwe and the SADC region at large. Former Zambian President Rupiah Banda is also part of the delegation
10:15 – Namibian Vice President Nickey Iyambo arrives leading a delegation that include former  Presidents Sam Nujoma. Also just arriving is Mozambique President Felipe Nyusi who says Mozambique is with the people of Zimbabwe in this transition.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being adorned with his sash by Chief Justice Luke Malaba soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being adorned with his sash by Chief Justice Luke Malaba soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

10:20 – At the venue of the event, the National Sports Stadium, Service Chiefs led by Commander of the Defence Force Dr Constantino Nyikadzino Guvheya Chiwenga have taken seats. They arrived shortly after the Mayor of the City of Harare, His Worship Benard Manyenyeni.

2410:25 – All dignitaries have taken seats and are ready to welcome President elect, Hon Mnangagwa who is set to arrive shortly.

10:42- Amid cheers, the President elect, Hon Mnangagwa who is accompanied by his wife, Cde Auxillia makes grand entrance into the stadium.

President Mnangagwa delivers his inauguration speech

President Mnangagwa delivers his inauguration speech

10:50 -Botswana President lan Khama has just left the HICC heading to the venue of the inauguration.

1510:51 – As the multitudes wait for the arrival of visiting Heads of States, Jah Prayzah is invited to the stage and he takes off with “Kutonga Kwaro” much to the amusement of the crowd.

1055 – Former Presidents of the Republic of Zambia, Cde Kenneth Kaunda and Rupia Banda are here to witness the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s Second Executive President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe’s first President after independence was the late Reverend Canaan Sodindo Banana. He was President at a time Cde RG Mugabe was Prime Minister with the latter assuming the Vice Presidency later. Cde RG tendered his resignation on November 21, 2017.

President Mnangagwa and First lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa during the inauguration ceremony at the National Sports Stadium, 24 November 2017. - Pic by John  Manzongo

President Mnangagwa and First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa during the inauguration ceremony at the National Sports Stadium, 24 November 2017. – Pic by John Manzongo

10:58 – His Excellency Hon Edgar Lungu has also arrived here at the National Sports Stadium.

11:01 – Also heading for the HICC are former Namibian President Sam Nujoma and the current Vice President Nickey Iyambo.

11:12 – Thunderous welcome for the President of Botswana, Ian Khama as he gets into the Stadium.

11:16 – Mozambique President Nyusi makes his way through the arena to join other Heads of State who are here for the inauguration of Cde ED Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s President following the resignation of Cde RG Mugabe on November 21, 2017.

 11:34 – Speaker of Parliament Advocate Mudenda calls upon Chief Justice Luke Malaba to call upon Incoming President to proceed and take Oath of Office.

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President of Botswana Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama (left) and his Zambian counterpart President Edgar Lungu attend the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa at the NSS 24 November 2017.

11:39 – In Section 94 of the Constitution the Incoming President now takes Oath of Office.

He takes oath of office and commits to uphold the constitution, promote whatever protects Zimbabwe and oppose whatever harms it.

11:44 – Chief Justice Malaba adorns the new President, His Excellency President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa with the sash.

w911:49 – Commander Defence Forces and Service Chiefs now pay compliments to the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, His Excellency ED Mnangagwa.

11:52 – Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Nyikadzino Guveya Chiwenga pays allegiance  to His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa.

He is followed by Commissioner General of the Police, Augustine Chihuri.

w1011:56 – The Master of Ceremony appeals for order as people express displeasure at Commissioner General Chihuri yelling, “Ngaaende! Ngaaende! (He must go! He must go!)

Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services is next and soon after his allegiance wild cheers follow . . . a direct opposite of the case of Commissioner General Chihuri.

11:59 – Zimbabwe’s new First Lady Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa joins His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa at the podium to congratulate him and the two share a kiss . . .

w1212:00 -The National Anthem is now being sung followed by the gun salute. . .and a fly past of military jets.

12:07 – Parade Commander invites the President to inspect the Guard of Honour  accompanied by  Commander Defence Forces.

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Meanwhile a new banner at Zanu-PF HQ  of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has just been erect .-Pic by Nyemudzai Kakore

Meanwhile a new banner at Zanu-PF HQ of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has just been erect .-Pic by Nyemudzai Kakore

12:39 – The guard of honour is marching past in slow and quick motion.

PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA’S INAUGURATION SPEECH

12:52 – I feel deeply humbled by the decision of Zanu-Pf party to nominate me to be the President and Commander-in-Chief  of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

I admit that I hold no unique qualification that sets me apart from the rest of the citizenry.

President Mnangagwa pays attribute to outgoing president Cde RG Mugabe as a resolute leader who led the nation right from independence and says whatever his mistakes should not overshadow his immense contribution.

He says Cde Mugabe to him, remains a father and a mentor.

President Mnangagwa delivers his Inauguration Speech.

President Mnangagwa delivers his Inauguration Speech.

13:01 – President Mnangagwa recognizes the presence of Africa’s senior statesmen led by Dr Kenneth kaunda, Zambia’s founding President. Dr Kaunda has since retired.

13:02 – President Mnangagwa asserts that development will not be through speeches and as such he will hit the ground running.

He says although we can not change the past, there is however a lot that can be done today although not forgetting the past. However bygones will be bygones as we embrace each other in order to rebuild Zimbabwe, a great country.

3013:03 – He says never again should Zimbabwe be placed in the conditions which have made the country unfavourable in some global sections.

Judges follow the proceedings during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

Judges follow the proceedings during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

13:04 – President Mnangagwa says he has no doubt that the country will be built from the strong foundation built by Cde RG Mugabe. He says the world should understand that the principle of repossessing our land is important.

A woman holds the portrait of Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga during the inaguration of President ED Mnangagwa at the National Sports Stadium, 24 November 2017. - Wilson Kakurira

A woman (left)  holds the portrait of Commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa at the National Sports Stadium, 24 November 2017. A man also stands with a banner that reads “Thank you Zimbabwe.” – Wilson Kakurira

 

13:06 – He therefore challenges the land beneficiaries to utilize the land made available to them in order to defeat hunger.

He says Gvt will capacitate the Land Commission to deal with all outstanding land issues. He says former land owners will be compensated according to the laws of the country.

813:08 – President Mnangagwa commits that the upcoming 2018 elections will be held as scheduled and democratically.

13;10 – He says Zim subscribes to the principle that all people are equal in accordance with UN statutes.

He says his goal is to run an administration that recognizes the strength across the country’s political divide.

Thousands attend the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa

Thousands attend the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa

13:12 – He says the country’s economic policies will be hinged on agriculture in a way that would be expected to enhance job creation.

He also says key principles will be pursued in order to attract foreign direct investment as Zimbabwe seeks to move steps up.

Thousands attend the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa

Thousands attend the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa

13:14 – The economic policies to be pursued will incorporate elements of market economy.

The bottom line is an economy which is firm on its feet in order to achieve job creation and development.

The liquidity challenges prevailing in the country will be tackled head-on.

These two elders were part of the thousands who attended the inauguration ceremony of President ED Mnangagwa, 24 November 2017.

These two elders were part of the thousands who attended the inauguration ceremony of President ED Mnangagwa, 24 November 2017.

13:16 – Act s of corruption must stop! – asserts President Mnangagwa.

Where these occur swift justice mus follow. We have to aspire to be a clean nation.

To the civil servants President Mnangagwa says it must not be business as usual. Gone are the days of absenteeism.

Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Chiwenga and Commander Zimbabwe National Army Lt.Gen. PV Sibanda follow proceedings during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Chiwenga (left)  and Commander Zimbabwe National Army Lt.Gen. PV Sibanda follow proceedings during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

13:18 -A new culture must now inform our daily conduct.

13:21 -Gvt will ensure relaxation of exports statutes.

He says Gvt will also ensure policies that encourage a new banking culture based on savings and confidence in the banking system.

General Chiwenga follow proceedings during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

General Chiwenga follows proceedings during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

13:22 – Government will also ensure security and safety for all citizens.

213:23 – He says SADC is home to Zimbabwe as we also acknowledge that we belong to the bigger house of the African Union.

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President Mnangagwa is congratulated by Botswana Head of State Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama

13:24 – He says Zimbabwe has managed to maintain good relations with the global family, but Government will immediately start on a journey to reengage with those who have punished us through sanctions.

13:26 – In the global world, no nation can survive in isolation. Whatever differences that existed with those that imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe should pave way for a new beginning.

But of course, our resources remain ours. We remain committees to honoring debts.

“All foreign investment will be safe in Zimbabwe,” asserts President Mnangagwa.

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President Mnangagwa is congratulated by Zambia President President Edgar Lungu

He says Zimbabwe will contribute to the well being of the global political order through the United Nations. Zimbabwe will continue to contribute to the international peace and security within the framework of the UN.

Botswana President  Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama and his Zambian counterpart President Edgar Lungu attend the inauguration of President Ed Mnangagwa 24 November 2017.

Botswana President Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama and his Zambian counterpart President Edgar Lungu attend the inauguration of President Ed Mnangagwa 24 November 2017.

13:30 -President Mnangagwa promises that he will serve everyone and all who consider Zimbabwe their home and encourages all people remain peaceful even as we move into the election period. The Voice of the people is the voice of God.

The newly sworn in President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa finishes his inauguration speech amid cheers.

HIGHLIGHTS

-President Mnangagwa paid tribute to the Former President RG Mugabe for leading the country through the formative years after independence up to now

- Zimbabwe to reengage with the outside world including those that imposed sanctions following the country’s land reform programme

- Land beneficiaries should take advantage of government’s policies to utilize their plots and ensure food security

- To the civil servants, the days of business as usual are over as Zimbabwe needs to hit the ground running

- All foreign direct investments will be safe in Zimbabwe

- Cash crunch to be attended to

- Corruption to be dealt with seriously

- Peace and security for all is of paramount importance as Zimbabwe moves a step further in its history.

Dr Obert Mpofu now to the podium to give vote of thanks.

13:53 – Congratulations and handshaking now take place with Heads of State, Judges, Service Chiefs and all other dignitaries.

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa being adorned with his sash by Chief Justice Luke Malaba soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being adorned with his sash by Chief Justice Luke Malaba soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by ZimbabweNational Army Commander Lieutenant General Phillip Sibanda soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by ZimbabweNational Army Commander Lieutenant General Phillip Sibanda soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by ZimbabweNational Army Commander Lieutenant General Phillip Sibanda soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Airforce of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrence Shiri soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo (edited)

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa being congratulated by Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi soon after his inauguration in Harare this afternoon. Picture by John Manzongo

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Thousands troop into the NSS earlier in the day to witness the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa, 24 November 2017.

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Thousands troop into the NSS earlier in the day to witness the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa, 24 November 2017.

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Following the smooth execution of Operation Restore Legacy, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces became the latest darling of Zimbabweans.

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Following the smooth execution of Operation Restore Legacy, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces became the latest darling of Zimbabweans.

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Alick Macheso and Orchestra Mberikwazvo entertain thousands who attended the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa at the NSS, 24 November 2017.

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Entrepreneurial mind . . .A man sells snacks outside the NSS during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

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Dr Obert Mpofu shares a happily chats with General Constantine Chiwenga during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa, 24 November 2017.

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Air Marshal Perrence Shiri (left), ZRP Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri and ZPCS Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi follow proceedings during the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

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Thousands drove, and some walked more than 6 kilometres from the city center to the NSS to witness the inauguration of President ED Mnangagwa.

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  • Nyamadzawo

    Zimbabwe shall not be held prisoner by its past, the future is too green for us to be tied down and constipated with yesterday’s brown harsh grass. Let’s make the future today you and me together with one big common goal….Zimbabwe For All who love it

  • garwe

    and no pictures really ? musatidaro totowona thru BBC here ,this is poor herald.

  • Big Bad

    if its only for 10 months and with elections looming why this big inauguration. should he not have waited till he has won proper elections rather than riding on Mugabe’s ticket.

  • Zim – Resident

    Where are the pictures today?

  • Analyser

    So you haven’t seen Mai Mujuru and Morgan Tsvangirai for your Updates?? Shame on you??

    • abubakah

      that element of propaganda and over shadowing and selective type of journalism runs deep in their blood. shiri ine muririro wayo hairegi. its so sad.

  • Tauez

    God bless Zimbabwe.

  • yowe

    Chihuri ngaaende he has caused untold suffering to the citizens through his corrupt police force…NGAAENDE

  • Zim – Resident

    Where is my comment Herald?

  • mwana wacho

    Where is Perence Shiri Air Force Commander? You did not mention him.

  • Jimbas

    Ngaende Ngaende Chihuri

  • Tavaka Zhou

    Great speech Murambwi now to actual action.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    There are those who foolishly claim Zimbabwe has never suffered economic sanctions. Our President Cde Mnangagwa has indicated that it is necessary for those countries that imposed sanctions on our economy to remove the sanctions as the nation seeks to re-engage all economic partners in this world. Sanctions were imposed because of our land reform.With the removal of sanctions, improved policies and stern fight against corruption in this country, our economy will recover to give the jobs we urgently need ,especially for our young unemployed citizens.

    • Trex1

      Do you agree that the bulk of Zimbabwe’s current economic problems are as a result of mismanagement as opposed to so called sanctions? Remove your blinkers before you answer.

    • succuba

      The croc is playing to the crowd (fakey), I thought even you could see that .. obviously I was wrong.

      Which sanction do you want removed (fakey)?

      Show me the documentation that says sanctions were put on Zimbabwe because of land reform… its zandroid propaganda and because of your gullibility you drank it up…kikikiki…

  • kutototo

    Not convincing, will have to wait for the cabinet for a better clue on where we are heading.

  • chipo

    Why a big ceremony they should have wait until 2018 after eletions not now on a ZDF coup ticket.Typical power hungry individuals.

  • succuba

    YES, Cde President is lying. (just the norm for Zimbabwean presidents really).

    So which sanction do you want removed (fakey), you never seem to get round to telling us… why would that be (fakey)?

    Removal of sanctions will enable our businesses to get credit lines – (fakey)

    How? please explain….. this should be good for a laugh

  • ordinary_boy

    Key ZANU PF individuals are and have been under western sanctions. These sanctions have frozen some of these individuals assets, and restricted their travel to these western countries. They also prevent western citizens or organisations from doing business with these individuals.
    But the only sanctions that Zimbabwe as a nation has been under is that of restricting arms sales to Zimbabwe.
    Zimababwe has always been free to trade with the West in all other respects.

    The sanctions have been targeted against individuals to prevent them from further enriching themselves while ordinary Zimbabweans suffered.

    Even though Zimbabwe as a nation is not under sanctions, it creates an illusion that it is because of lack of investment from the west.
    This lack of investment from the west has nothing to do with sanctions or indeed Zimbabwean internal politics. It is because of property rights.
    The land seizures shocked because they demonstrated that in Zimbabwe property rights are not protected by law.
    Without protection of property rights in any country, there will be no foreign investment as that country is just too much of a risk to invest in.

    But you keep bleating on about sanctions if that makes you feel good and supports your view of the world, Professor….