ZBC: Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe president on Friday

Emmerson Mnangagwa fled the country early this month, after being sacked by President Robert Mugabe.

This file photo taken on 7 January, 2017 shows Emmerson Mnangagwa (C) attending the funeral ceremony of Peter Chanetsa at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Zimbabwe's state broadcaster ZBC has announced that Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the country's interim president on Friday and not Wednesday as was expected.

The channel says that Mnangagwa will arrive in Harare this evening and will land at Manyame Airbase in Harare at 6pm.
President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday after almost 40 years at the helm.

Mnangagwa fled the country early this month, after being sacked by President Robert Mugabe.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mnangagwa said he wouldn’t return until his personal security was guaranteed.

But Mugabe resigned after Parliament began a process to impeach him.

The radio is reporting that Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the country’s new president on Friday.

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Zimbabwe's parliamentary speaker says Zanu-PF has now formally nominated Mnangagwa to fill the vacancy of the office of president.

Many are carrying the Zimbabwean flag while others are holding up placards bearing the face of the man known as "The Crocodile".

“We are here because we want to welcome our new president and we’re extremely excited.”

A brass band is also on standby to welcome Zimbabwe's interim leader.

There are calls for a new democratic transition of power in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean advocacy group, the election resource centre says the government must focus on strengthening state institutions such as the Electoral Commission, the Human Rights Commission and the police.

The group says the new administration must also align electoral laws with the constitution of the country and create a secure political environment that allows citizens to freely express themselves.

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