Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services and Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba has dismissed reports that there is a power vacuum in Zimbabwe after Nelson Chamisa challenged the results of the presidential election. Charamba insisted that President Emmerson Mnangagwa remains Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Said Charamba,
The Constitution is very clear, it does not allow for an executive or legislative lacuna during a transitional period or what in political science is called an interregnum.
What this means, in simple terms, is that the incumbent President and his entire cabinet, which gives you the executive, will continue in office until a new Government is sworn in. Even if people who are peddling that misinformation, like it or not VaMnangagwa remains the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with all the attendant powers and ceremonies, including presiding over State occasions – of which Heroes and Defence Forces days are two such.Even if (MDC Alliance) challenge the results, for the full 14 days allowed in the Constitution the incumbent President remains in office.
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