Former Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, January 7, 2017 in Harare
Former Zimbabwean vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is expected to replace President Robert Mugabe, who resigned Tuesday after 37 years in power, is due to return home on Wednesday, his personal assistant told AFP.
„Comrade Mnangagwa returns today“ Wednesday, told AFP Larry Mavhima. „He will arrive at the Manyame military base (Harare) at 1:00 pm (11:00 GMT) and will then go to the party headquarters to take stock, then to the presidential office to make another point,“ he said. -he adds.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, has already been named president of the ruling Zanu-PF party and presidential candidate of 2018, replacing Robert Mugabe.
He is expected to be named interim president of the country, spokesman Zanu-PF Simon Kaya-Moyo said Tuesday. His appointment is expected to be official Wednesday by the Speaker of Parliament, according to the same source.
A Mugabe regime cacachist, Emmerson Mnangagwa was at the helm of the various waves of repression over the last four decades.
Long considered the natural dauphin of Robert Mugabe, he was ousted from the vice presidency on November 6, after a standoff with the wife of the head of state, Grace.
Wishing to succeed the day came to her husband nineteen, she had obtained the dismissal of his main rival. The man whom the Zimbabweans call the „crocodile“ had left the country for fear of his safety.
The army, hostile to the rise of the First Lady, had intervened in the night of 14 to 15 November, taking control of the country without officially making victims.
In the process, Zimbabweans flocked to the streets, while supporters of 93-year-old President Mugabe dropped him one by one.
Under pressure and threatened with dismissal, the world’s oldest incumbent leader announced Wednesday his resignation, prompting scenes of jubilation across the country.