The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda has fulfilled the constitutional requirement of informing the nation of the resignation of President Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
Speaking at a press conference at Parliament Building this afternoon, Advocate Mudenda said the ruling Zanu PF party has formally notified him, in terms of the constitution, that the party has nominated former vice president Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace Cde Robert Mugabe as president of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Advocate Mudenda added that parliament has informed the Chief Secretary to the Office of President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda of the nomination of Cde Mnangagwa in order for him to arrange for his swearing in as the president of Zimbabwe.
The Speaker of National Assembly said Dr Sibanda is the marking the necessary arrangements for the swearing in which is set for this Friday.
The former vice president had been out of the country after he was sacked from both party and government.
Meanwhile, ZBC has it on good authority that Cde Mnangagwa will be arriving in the country today at the Manyame Airbase, in Harare.
“His Excellency Cde R.G. Mugabe resigned as president of the Republic of Zimbabwe on the 21st of November 2017 in terms of Section 96 sub-section 1 of the constitution of Zimbabwe. I have since gazzetted General Notice Number 652 of 2017 to inform the public of this development accordingly. That gazette is on our parliamentary website. Furthermore, I have received a letter from the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front Zanu PF in terms of paragraph 14 sub-section 4 (b) as read with paragraph 5 of part 4 of the sixth schedule to the constitution of Zimbabwe which provides as follows: “Notwithstanding Section 101 but subject to sub-paragraph 5 and 6 if the person elected as president in any election referred to in sub-paragraph 1, dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the vacancy in the office of the president must be filled by a nominee of the political party which the president represented when he or she stood for election. A political party which is entitled to nominate a person in terms of sub-paragraph 4(b) must notify the speaker of the nominee’s name within 90 days after the vacancy occurred in the office of the president, and thereupon, the nominee assumes office as president after taking the oath of president in terms of Section 94 which oath the nominee must take within 48 hours after the speaker was notified of his or her name”. In the letter referred to above, Zanu PF has notified me that the Central Committee of Zanu PF met in a special session at the party headquarters in Harare on the 19th of November 2017 and resolved that in the event that Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe resigned or was impeached Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was appointed as Zanu PF’s nominee to fill the vacancy in the office of the president of the republic of Zimbabwe in terms of part 4 of the sixth schedule of the constitution of Zimbabwe amendment Number 20 paragraph 14 subsection 4(b) as read with paragraph 5. Accordingly, parliament has informed the Chief Secretary to the office of the president and cabinet of the nomination of Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as the nominee in order for him to make the necessary administrative arrangements for the taking of oath for president as provided for in section 94 as read with the 3rd schedule of the constitution of Zimbabwe. The Chief Secretary to the office of the president and cabinet Dr Sibanda is making the necessary arrangements for the swearing in of the incoming president Cde ED Mnangagwa. I am advised that the swearing in ceremony is set for this Friday 24th November 2017.”