The country’s new Vice Presidents, Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi have been sworn in by Chief Justice Luke Malaba at a ceremony held at State House in Harare this morning.
The duo was appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in terms of Section 14, sub-paragraph 2 of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, which states that the President of Zimbabwe upon assuming office, must without delay appoint not more than two vice presidents, who hold office at his pleasure.
President Mnangagwa has since his swearing in on 24 November reiterated the huge task awaiting his administration, which includes reviving the economy, fighting corruption and creating jobs in the country.
The two newly appointed vice presidents have served in the Zimbabwean government with Retired General Chiwenga in the army, while Cde Mohadi was the Minister of Defence, Security and War Veterans before his elevation.
With the new challenge, the vice presidents said they have a new opportunity to directly influence the course of the country working as a team.
“I am ready, once we are briefed on our specific tasks by the President, we will hit the ground running. We know the huge task at hand and we must deliver in our mandate,” said Retired General Chiwenga.
“I have been in the government before but this is a new challenge. I am happy that now I will be directly supporting the President and I know that through teamwork, Zimbabwe’s future is bright,” said Cde Mohadi.
Other veterans of the struggle concurred that the two men have a rich history of consistency and patriotism, hence they will be equal to the task.
The dual vice presidency is provided for in the country’s constitution and it came about after Zanu PF and PF ZAPU negotiated the Unity Accord which was concluded in 1987 and was established to accommodate both parties in the leadership structures and consolidate the unity that had been achieved between the two parties.