- Emmerson Mnangagwa has been officially sworn in as Zimbabwe’s new President
- Thousands watched the ceremony at the National Sport Stadium in Harare
- Mnangagwa will serve remainder of former president Robert Mugabe’s term in office
Zimbabweans are celebrating the dawn of a new era on Friday as Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as the country’s interim President.
Today marks the first time since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain that Robert Mugabe is not leading the nation.
Thousands of Zimbabweans packed into the National Sport Stadium in Harare to watch the ceremony.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mnangagwa’s oath went as follow: "I, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, swear that as president of the Republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey, uphold and defend the constitution and all of those of Zimbabwe."
Zanu-PF chief whip confirmed that Mnangagwa will serve out the remainder of former president Robert Mugabe’s term. The country will hold fresh elections in September 2018.
The ceremony was attended by South Africa’s Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete as well as Zambian President Edgar Lungu and former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda
Meanwhile, despite the high level of optimism running throughout Zimbabwe at the moment, there have been some concerns about how Mnangawa would perform as a leader. He has a chequered past and has been accused of various atrocities including the ‘Gukurahundi’ massacres, in which 20 000 Ndebele people were murdered by the Zimbabwean military.
Mnangagwa has always refuted the allegations against him.
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