- Former vice president will be sworn in as President of Zimbabwe on Friday
- Mnangagwa addressed a crowd of thousands in Harare on Wednesday evening
- Mugabe’s former protégé pledges himself to serving the people
Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived back in the Zimbabwean capital Harare on Wednesday. The former vice president fled to South Africa after he was fired by Robert Mugabe two weeks ago.
Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda confirmed on Wednesday that Mnangagwa would be sworn in as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe on Friday.
Thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans gathered outside of Zanu-PF’s headquarters in Harare to wait for Mnangagwa to make his first appearance since the military seized control of the government last Wednesday.
Briefly.co.za learned from Eyewitness News that the crowd roared with cheers when the president-in-waiting made his appearance. Mnangagwa told the crowd that Wednesday would be remembered as the start of a new Zimbabwe.
He pledged himself to serving the people of the nation and said he would do his best to rebuild the shattered economy which would provide jobs to struggling Zimbabweans.
Mnangagwa said he was proud of the way the country had pulled together during the last week and with the discipline shown by ordinary Zimbabweans. “In my discussions with some heads of states, they hailed the discipline and the peacefulness of the people of Zimbabwe.”
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