Mnangagwa: I’m president of united & non-racial Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s ruling party says Emmerson Mnangagwa will be its presidential candidate in next year’s elections.

FILE: Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president in Harare on 24 November 2017. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s ruling party says Emmerson Mnangagwa will be its presidential candidate in next year’s elections.

In his keynote address to the congress in Harare on Friday, Mnangagwa struck a conciliatory note, saying he was the president of a united and non-racial Zimbabwe.

He said that rising to the helm of Zanu-PF didn’t represent the defeat of one faction, although many in the G40 faction loyal to Grace Mugabe won’t see things that way.

Mnangagwa is the man who’s been waiting in the wings of Zanu-PF for years.

In November, he was swept to power when Robert Mugabe was persuaded to resign after the military stepped in.

Now the ruling party has confirmed at its congress that Mnangagwa will be Zanu-PF’s candidate in the polls, which are expected before the end of August.