Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president in a ceremony this morning at a packed stadium in the country’s capital, Harare.
Recall that the former vice-president’s dismissal earlier this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mr Mugabe to quit. His oath read;
I Emmmerson Dambudzo Mnangagawa 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 and I will promote whatever that will advance and will oppose whatever will harm Zimbabwe that I will protect and promote the rights and people of Zimbabwe that I will discharge my duties will all my strength to the best of my strength and ability and to the dictates of my conscience and I will devote myself to the well being of Zimbabwe and its people so help me God.”
Mnangagwa, who’s popular for his nickname “the crocodile”, gave a special tribute to his predecessor, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
According to him, ‘I feel deeply humbled again by the decision of my party Zanu-PF inviting me to serve our great nation the republic of Zimbabwe in the capacity of president and commander-in-chief… with effect from today. He led us in our struggle for national independence he assumed responsibility of leadership at a challenging time… that is to be lauded and celebrated’.
He went on to say despite errors Mugabe might have made, ‘Let us all accept and acknowledge his immense contribution to the building of our nation. To me personally he remains a comrade in arms and mentor.”