Thursday, 28 December 2017


Harare - Zimbabwe's former army commander who led a military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule has sworn in today as one of the country's two vice presidents.
General Constantino Chiwenga, 61, took the oath of office in Harare, pledging to be "faithful" to Zimbabwe and to "obey, uphold and defend the constitution", said ngiyesabanews reporter who witnessed the ceremony. "I will discharge my duties with all my strength and to the best of my knowledge and ability," said Chiwenga. The two were appointed by Mnangagwa to VP posts in terms of Section 14,subparagraph 2 of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, upon assuming office, must without delay appoint not more than two Vice Presidents, who hold office at his or her pleasure
“His Excellency the President ED Mnangagwa has duly appointed Honourable General (Rtd) Dr Constantino Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga and Honourable Kembo Campell Dugishi Mohadi as Vice-Presidents of the Republic of Zimbabwe.” Before his latest appointment, Mohadi was Defence minister, while Chiwenga had just retired as Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander which last month led a military intervention that forced former President Robert Mugabe to step down, paving the way for Mnangagwa. Chiwenga retired from the military last week, slightly over a month after the military temporarily took control of the country on November 15, culminating in Mugabe's resignation six days later.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had a few weeks earlier been sacked from his job as vice president by Mugabe, then took over as the head of state. The new president of Zimbabwe has demanded that Interpol to track down allies of Robert Mugabe who fled the country after he was deposed last month. The programme to find former cabinet ministers suspected of cashing in on corruption is part of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s plan to find $2 billion of state funds believed to have been spirited to foreign bank accounts. Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere and Paddy Zhanda, all former ministers, are believed to be among the prime targets because they are suspected of stealing assets under the alleged systemic corruption of the Mugabe years.

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