Zimbabwe has a new President after knowing only one for 37 years since Independence.
Following the resignation of Robert Mugabe and expulsion from ruling party ZANU-FP, his former Deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as president of Zimbabwe, becoming the country’s second leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980.
Mnangagwa took his oath of office in front of tens of thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans who had gathered at a stadium in Harare, after greeting the crowd with a raised fist.
People sang and danced in the stands and raised banners reading “Dawn of a new era” and “No to retribution”, even as human rights activists began to report worrying details of attacks on close allies of the former first lady, Grace Mugabe, and their families. Mnangagwa himself has warned against “vengeful retribution”.
Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper reported that Mnangagwa had assured Mugabe and his family of their “maximum security”. The report said the two men agreed Mugabe would not attend on Friday because he “needed time to rest”
Zimbabwe also has a new First lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who is the President’s third wife.
She is also a Member of Parliament representing Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituency, a seat previously occupied by her husband of 31 years, has people asking. The couple have three children
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