Updates by Thembinkosi Mangena
13:33 – Speech ends, and the stadium is all up to sing the national anthem.
13:32 – Cde Mnangagwa – “During my time as President, I will serve everyone who calls and considers Zimbabwe their home. I call upon everyone to remain peaceful even as we prepare for political contestation.” I call for everyone to come together and play a part as we rebuild Zimbabwe.”
13:28 – Cde Mnangagwa – “All foreign investments will be safe in Zimbabwe.”
13:26 – Cde Mnangagwa says his government is ready to re-engage the league of nations. “ We call upon those countries that have punished us in the past to reconsider their political and economic sanctions against us.”
13:23 – Cde Mnangagwa – “Every citizen must feel safe and free to work for the development of Zimbabwe.”
13:22 – Cde Mnangagwa – “Public service workers must be ready to work. We have an economy to recover, people to serve. Gone are the days of abstenism and extortion. A new culture must now inform our operations.”
13:21 – Cde Mnangagwa – “Acts of corruption must stop. Whenever they occur, swift, swift, swift justice must come.”
13:21 – Cde Mnangagwa – “In the immediate, the liquidity challenges must be tackled head on, people should be able to access their earnings and savings as at when they want them Bottom line is an economy back from its knees.”
13:19 – Cde Mnangagwa – “Infrastructural development and provision of basic social services such as education, clean water, energy etc are also the government priority.”
13:17 – Cde Mnangagwa – “Key personnel who left the country must now come back and participate in the broad
13:15 Cde Mnangagwa – “Our key choice is to attract FDIs and create jobs, jobs, jobs.”
13:13 Cde Mnangagwa – “Our economic policy will be premised our command agriculture
13:12 Cde Mnangagwa – “We can’t squander this opportunity. What we do must be intended to benefit all of us.
13:12 – He hails the peace and democracy in Zimbabwe, saying next year’s elections will be held as scheduled.
13:11 – “Zimbabwe is one nation clear on what it wants and want it doesn’t,” says Cde Mnangagwa.
13:10 – “My government is committed to compensate those who lost their land during the land reform programme and issues on land tenure should be addressed,” says Cde Mnangagwa.
13:08 – The land reform programme was unavoidable and shall not be reversed. He urges beneficiaries of the programme to fully utilise the land to ensure food security in the country.
13:04 – Acknowledging the challenges that have put Zimbabwe into the current economic situation, Cde Mnangangwa says “Let bygones be bygones,” adding that never again shall the past circumstances be allowed to come back to derail Zimbabwe’s progress and economic development.
13:02 – He recognises the presence of African statesmen, led by Zambia’s founding father, Kenneth Kaunda – the remaining member of the frontline states.
13:00 – President Mnangagwa hails the outgoing President, Cde Robert Mugabe, saying ‘he remains a father, mentor, comrade in arms and leader.’
12:59 – Cde Mnangagwa says he is prepared to serve all Zimbabweans regardless of skin colour, gender and political affiliation.
12:57 – He thanks the ruling party for nominating him to become President, saying he is just like any other party member.
12:53 – President Mnangagwa now takes to the podium to give his inauguration speech.
11:03 – The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa gets on stage and plants a kiss on the President, the crowd applauds.
11:58 – The Master of Ceremony appeals for order as people express displeasure at Commissioner General Chihuri yelling, “Ngaaende! Ngaaende! (He must go! He must go!)
11:57 – Gen Chiwenga, Commissioner Gen Chihuri and Commissioner Gen Zimhondi declare their loyalty to President Mnangagwa.
11:49 – After the swearing in, service chiefs – ZDF Commander General Constantino Chiwenga; ZNA Commander Lt General Phillip Valerio Sibanda; Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perence Shiri; ZRP Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri; ZPCS Commissioner General Paradzai Zimhondi, salute the new President.
11:37 – Now time for the swearing in. Chief Justice Luke Malaba is the man for the job. Cde Mnangagwa stands before CJ Malaba to take the oath of office.
11:30 – Bishop Mutendi urges Cde Mnangagwa to seek wisdom from God like Solomon and to always uphold the constitution of Zimbabwe.
11:22 – The Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda invites the minister of region, Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi of the ZCC to give a word of prayer.
11:14 – The Namibian delegation arrives led by Vice President Nickey Iyambo and also comprising former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba.
10:45 – Mozambican President Phillip Nyusi arrives. Former Presidents of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda have also arrived.
10:15 – Opposition parties are also represented at the National Sports Stadium. First to arrive was NPP leader and former Vice President Joice Mujuru, followed by MDC-T leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara is also at the stadium.
09:42 – Service chiefs arrive for the inauguration of Cde Mnangagwa.
09:25 – Several regional leaders are expected to grace the event, and Botswana and Zambian Presidents, Ian Khama Seretse Khama and Edgar Lungu respectively arrive for the inauguration.
09:09 – Expectations already high on Cde Mnangagwa
People from across the political divide have pledged support for Zimbabwe`s incoming president Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa. Matabeleland North province has pledged its support for Cde Mnangagwa when he takes over as the head of state and government this Friday.
High expectations from all Zimbabweans await Cde Mnangagwa as he takes over as head of state and government with people expressing optimism that he will turn around the economic fortunes of the country.
However, for his policies to succeed it is the duty of every Zimbabwean to participate in nation building by supporting the new leadership.
The incoming head of state is expected to enjoy support in the agriculture sector, following his exceptional performance in command agriculture which saw the country harvesting excess maize from the previous farming season.
The religious community has called for all Zimbabweans across the religious and political divide to bury the seed of enmity and sow a sense of re-building the nation in the new political dispensation.
Zimbabwe has fostered a culture of tolerance within communities where people from diverse cultures and affiliations can work together regardless of political tribal and religious differences.
There is optimism in the mining town of Zvishavane that the incoming president will give support to revive the defunct Shabanie Mine and support business in a way that will change lives in the community, says Midlands chapter ZNCC executive member Mr Tamson Mthombeni who is also a representative of Makanaka Holdings.
On the other hand, Chamber of Mines president Mr Batirai Manhando says they are expecting deepening engagement with the new government for the transformation of the country’s economy.
09:07 – For those unable to join the events at the National Sports Stadium, ZBC is broadcasting the event live
09:04 – The giant National Sports Stadium is already full to capacity as Zimbabweans are ready to witness the new dawn.
08:54 – Ahead of his inauguration at the National Sports Stadium, Cde Mnangagwa yesterday met the Zanu PF Politburo and also had words of counsel to Zimbabweans.
The President elect Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa met with the politburo last night.
This is Cde Mnangagwa’s first interaction with the Zanu PF senior members following his dismissal by the then President Cde Robert Mugabe.
Earlier on, Cde Mnangagwa addressed thousands of Zanu PF supporters at the party headquarters in Harare where he promised to revive the economy and engage the international community in rebuilding the economy.
Meanwhile, the inauguration of Cde Mnangagwa will be held this Friday.
Nov 23, 2017 – Desist from vengeful retribution: Cde Mnangagwa
“While all this is going on, I implore all Zimbabweans to remain patient and peaceful and desist from any form of vengeful retribution,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
In statement to ZBC News, Cde Mnangagwa said vengefulness is not in the spirit of Ubuntu/Unhu which characterises the nature of our people.
“As you are aware, in the last few months leading to this day, the political situation in our country has been quite fluid culminating in the resignation of our former Head of State, His Excellency President Robert Gabriel Mugabe. We are currently working on transitional arrangements which will lead to the dispensation which is to unfold tomorrow,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
The President Designate has urged all Zimbabweans to be exemplary as they work towards the consolidation of unity and prosperity of the nation.
“Let us not therefore allow criminal elements bent on destabilising the peace and tranquility prevailing in our country, by either settling political or social scores outside the ambit of the law,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
In this vein, Cde Mnangagwa implored the citizens of the country to refrain from malicious practices and report any such incidences to the law enforcement agencies for their appropriate legal action.
Cde Mnangagwa also appealed to fellow Zimbabweans to remain disciplined and optimistic whilst processes to drive the nation towards prosperity and development for the benefit of all, are being put in place.
08:29 – Cde Mnangagwa returned home on Wednesday and pledged to grow the Zimbabwean economy:
The Zimbabwe President designate, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to be a servant of the people and called for all progressive Zimbabweans to unite in growing the economy.
Cde Mnangagwa, who arrived in Harare today from South Africa, told thousands of Zimbabweans gathered at the ruling party’s headquarters to welcome him, that he is ready to lead the country into a new dispensation.
“I pledge myself to be your servant. I appeal to all progressive Zimbabweans to come together so that we grow our economy, we want peace, we want jobs jobs jobs, we need the cooperation of our neighbours in SADC, Africa and the world over. I am already receiving several calls from people and nations willing to help us grow our nation,” said the incoming President, who will be sworn in on Friday.
Cde Mnangagwa thanked the people of Zimbabwe for expressing their desire for former president Robert Mugabe to step down and for their prayers when he survived poisoning on 12 August.
He said he decided to leave the country after receiving death threats two hours after he was fired as Vice President of the country.
“Within two hours after receiving a letter firing me from government, I received news that they wanted to eliminate me. That is why I had to leave and while away, you the people of Zimbabwe spoke. On 12 August, I was subjected to poisoning, I thank you for your prayers that I survived,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
“Nhema dzakataugwa dzakawanda kuti topwanya zimsoro iro, zvino musoro wapwanywa ndewani?” asked Cde Mnangagwa rhetorically in reference to the former First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe’s remarks during the purported ‘Super Sunday’ rally with members of indigenous churches that it was time ‘to crush the head of the snake,’ the purported Lacoste faction in Zanu PF.
Cde Mnangagwa added that it was unfortunate that the G40 cabal had captured the executive in the form of ex-President Mugabe, but now that the people had spoken, it was time for the founding father of Zimbabwe to comply with his promise that he will step down whenever the people of Zimbabwe wish him to do so.
The President designate also thanked Zimbabweans for being peaceful, saying SADC leaders are all proud of the discipline and peacefulness of the people of Zimbabwe. He also thanked the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) led by General Constantino Chiwenga for managing this transitional process peacefully. Cde Mnangagwa also expressed gratitude to his colleagues in the Zanu PF Politburo and Central Committee as well as the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda for the way they stood behind him and handled the process.
08:13 – It is another historic day for Zimbabweans, who will witness the swearing in of the President Designate, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa.
He will takeover from Zimbabwe’s founding father, Cde Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the Southern African country for 37 years.