Speaking to SABC News, Zanu-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs and Zimbabwe’s Cyber Security Minister, Patrick Chinamasa said that former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president tomorrow or Thursday. This comes after the resignation of Robert Mugabe earlier tonight.
Mnangagwa had earlier indicated that he will only return to Zimbabwe until his colleagues in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and in Zanu-PF reassure him that his security is now guaranteed.
Part of the press statement reads:
I told the President that I would not return home now until I am satisfied of my personal security, because of the manner and treatment given to me upon being fired.
Given the events that followed my dismissal on Monday 6th November 2017 at 4.00pm, my security details assigned to me and at my residency were immediately withdrawn. This was contrary to all the protocols that have exited in Zimbabwe to former State Vice Presidents of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Security personnel, who are friendly to me, warned me that plans were underfoot to eliminate me once arrested and taken to a police station. It was in my security interest to leave the country immediately.
…as promised in my last communication I will be returning home as soon as the right conditions for security and stability prevail.
…He (Mugabe) requested me to come to State House, and I replied that I was out of the country and that he had already removed my status as the vice president of the country, as such I had no status, however, I can only come at the invitation of my colleagues in the party and of the defence forces, when they feel that my security is guaranteed.
On Monday, Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander General Constantino Chiwenga said Mugabe would meet with Mnangagwa to map the way forward. Said Chiwenga:
The Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services are encouraged by new developments which include contact between the President and the former Vice President, Cde ED Mnangagwa. who is expected in the country shortly. Thereafter, the nation will be advised on the outcome of talks between the two.