Zimbabwe’s Mugabe says now accepts Mnangagwa as legitimate president

Elias Hubbard
September 9, 2018

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe gestures during a news conference at his private residence nicknamed "Blue Roof" in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Ncube, an Oxford University professor who is a former vice president of the African Development Bank, has the tough task of reviving an economy wrecked under Robert Mugabe, who was ousted a year ago.

The former first lady Grace Mugabe has implored the nation to pray for President Emmerson Mnangagwa's leadership saying his inauguration as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe is God-given.

"The wrong that happened last November has been erased by his victory in the July 30 elections".

Mugabe, who had adamantly refused to recognise his former aide's legitimacy during the stretch between the coup and the July 30 election, said this was because "politics now lead the gun", a statement to mean the country was now under civilian as opposed to military rule.

"What we are saying is that the party is supreme to the government and the party must therefore have the power to recall some of the ministers from government", an unnamed source was quoted as saying.

Mugabe said dialogue was the best way of resolving whatever differences he had with Mnangagwa.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has today appointed a 20 member cabinet with some significant new faces, while party heavyweights including Obert Mpofu, Patrick Chinamasa and Simon Khaya Moyo among others fell by the wayside.

Mrs Mugabe's ambition to succeed her husband and her rivalry with Mnangagwa is what resulted in the unprecedented intervention by the army leading to the removal of Mugabe from office.

Know if news is factual and true. Mugabe again denied that he had planned to install Grace as his preferred successor, NewsDay and The Herald reported on Friday.

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