By Daniel Chigundu
Swearing in ceremony for Zanu PF Presidential nominee Emmerson Mnangagwa has been scheduled for Friday (24 November 2017), the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has revealed.
Addressing the media, Mudenda said preparations for the ceremony are already underway with Mnangagwa expected to arrive in the country later today from exile.
“….Comrade Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was appointed Zanu PF nominee to fill the vacancy in the Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Zimbabwe in terms of Part 4 of the 6th Schedule of the constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment number 20 paragraph 14(4) b as ready with paragraph 5.
“Accordingly Parliament has informed the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet of the nomination of Comrade Mnangagwa as the nominee in order for him to make the necessary administrative arrangements for the taking of the oath of the President as provided for in Section 94 as read with the Third Schedule of the constitution of Zimbabwe.
“The Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda is making the necessary arrangements for the swearing in of the incoming president comrade Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“I am advised that the swearing-in ceremony is planned for Friday 24th November 2017 details will be provided later by the relevant authorities,” he said.
Since being removed from the position of Vice President about three weeks ago, Mnangagwa was in exile after attempts were allegedly made on his life.
Although he has denied it several times, Mnangagwa is said to be the leader of a Zanu PF faction popularly known as Lacoste which is also backed by the military as was exhibited.
Mnangagwa a long time ally of President Mugabe fell by the wayside after he deemed to be a threat to the first-lady ascension to the highest position in the country.