Political transition brings a new era for Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa swears in as Zimbabwe's president in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Emmerson Mnangagwa swears in as Zimbabwe’s president in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 24, 2017. REUTERS

In November, the world witnessed a dramatic transition of power in Zimbabwe. Three weeks after 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa, was sacked as vice president, he managed to make a political comeback and take over the country’s presidency. It brought the final curtain down on the 37-year-long rule of Robert Mugabe

Thousands of Zimbabweans danced, sang and partied on the streets of Harare in celebration of the end of former president Robert Mugabe’s 37-year-long rule.

The former president’s downfall started in early November, when he unexpectedly fired his then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“Comrade Mugabe has exercised his powers to relieve one of our Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa off his position as Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.” Zimbabwe’s information minister, Simon Khaya Moyo said.

The dismissal of Mnangagwa, who won the support of the army, triggered a military takeover of the government.

“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96, sub section 1 of the constitution of Zimbabwe, hereby formally tender my resignation as the president of the republic of Zimbabwe, with immediate effect.” Zimbabwe’s parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda said.

Following Mugabe’s resignation, Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s second president.

“I solemnly promise that I shall, to the best of my ability, serve everyone who calls and considers Zimbabwe their home.” Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa acknowledged the task to rebuild a country battered by years of economic decline and political instability.

“He carries a lot of baggage from the past. And the question he has to ask himself, ‘to what extent am I going to carry this baggage in the new era.” Morgan Tsvangirai said.

“We are looking forward to a better Zimbabwe, with jobs, with no youth on the streets, no queues on the banks, and better and brighter future for all Zimbabweans. Happy Zimbabwe!!”

The three-week political drama in Zimbabwe has come to an end, yet, uncertainties still lie ahead for Mnangagwa and the Southern African country.

With the next presidential election less than one year away, the nation is watching to see how the new leader will demonstrate his abilities to lead the country.