Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president in a ceremony this morning at a packed stadium in the country’s capital, Harare.
His swearing in ceremony follows the dramatic resignation of Robert Mugabe after 37 years.
The former vice-president’s dismissal earlier this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mr Mugabe to quit.
Below is the oath of office he recited a few minutes ago;
“I Emmmerson Dambudzo Mnangagawa swear that as president of the Republic of Zimbabwe – I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe and I will promote whatever that will advance and will oppose whatever will harm Zimbabwe that I will protect and promote the rights and people of Zimbabwe that I will discharge my duties will all my strength to the best of my strength and ability and to the dictates of my conscience and I will devote myself to the well being of Zimbabwe and its people so help me God.”
All these happened after President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe had voluntarily resigned his position 37 years in power.
A letter submitted to parliament by the 93-year-old said his decision to resign was voluntary on his part. According to Guardian UK, wild jubilation broke out among MPs when Jacob Mudenda, the speaker, told the parliament.
Impeachment proceedings against Mugabe began earlier on Tuesday as the ruling party, Zanu-PF, attempted to remove him from office.
Thousands of Zimbabweans had also turned up outside parliament to urge on MPs, chanting, dancing and waving placards in Africa Unity square
Shortly before legislators met, the man expected to succeed him broke more than a week of silence to add his voice to those calling for the ageing leader to step down.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, until recently Mugabe’s vice-president and right hand man, urged the nonagenarian leader to “accept the will of the people”.
I guess the will of the people has been done as Emmerson Mnangagwa steps in to fill the empty shoes of the presidency.