Zim residents, soldiers ready to welcome Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zanu-PF has formally nominated Mnangagwa to fill the vacancy of the office of president.

People gather outside Harare's airport to welcome former Zimbabwean vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa on November 22, 2017 in Harare. Picture: AFP.

HARARE/JOHANNESBURG - With just a few hours until Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to touch down in Zimbabwe, soldiers and citizens have lined the streets around the Manyame Airbase to welcome him.

Parliamentary Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced on Wednesday afternoon that Zanu-PF has now formally nominated Mnangagwa to fill the vacancy of the office of president.

He's also confirmed Mnangagwa will be sworn in at a ceremony on Friday following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power.

Cars and busses have already started arriving at the Manyame Airbase in Harare anticipating the arrival of the newly appointed Zanu-PF leader.

Despite the rain, residents are there singing, waving the Zimbabwean flag and lifting placards written: “Thank you for your resilience.”

The man otherwise called “The Crocodile” is meant to land there after he fled the country allegedly amid fears for his life.

Timeline of key events during the rule of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, and the final days of his formal leadership.

‘MUGABE-ISM’

Meanwhile, activists from the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum say while Mugabe’s reign has ended, what they call the culture of ‘Mugabe-ism’ still exists and needs to be undone.

The forum held a briefing with representatives from various organisations to discuss the unfolding political developments in Zimbabwe.

The panelists highlighted that while Mugabe has left, there is a great deal of work the nation has to do.

Activist and feminist from the She Votes Campaign Maureen Kademaunga says while the dictator has fallen, this is the beginning of the end.

She says Zimbabwe must not yet demobilise because the struggle continues.

“Mugabe is gone but Mugabe-ism is still there and our comrades here need to understand this.”

Kademaunga also expressed her concern at the lack of political recognition of women in Zimbabwean politics.

“We have a much bigger and complex problem to take on which is the system and culture.”

The forum has agreed that the new leadership in Zimbabwe needs to be closely monitored, given that it’s made up of the same people who once worked for Mugabe's regime.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)