Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa takes oath of office

Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Emmerson Mnangagwa was on Sunday sworn in as Zimbabwe’s President at a colourful ceremony that was witnessed by thousands of his compatriots, regional leaders or their representatives and foreign diplomats at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Chief Justice Luke Malaba administered the presidential oath as President Mnangagwa swore to “be faithful to Zimbabwe, obey, uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe .. that I will protect and promote the rights of the people of Zimbabwe.”

Meanwhile, Service chiefs gave their pledge of loyalty to the constitution and the constitutionally elected President of Zimbabwe, who is also the Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

The country's Vice Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi also witnessed the occasion.

Regional leaders at the inauguration of President Mnangagwa included African Union (AU) Chairperson and Rwanda President Paul Kagame, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi jand Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.

Former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano and former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete also attended the ceremony along with Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

According to Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the inauguration of President  Mnangagwa has marked an end to an electoral season that officially began on 30 May 2018 when he proclaimed 30 July as the election date.

“Thousands of Zimbabweans packed the giant National Sports Stadium to witness the swearing in of the country’s second executive leader, who has since pledged to take Zimbabwe into a new political and economic trajectory where economic revival is a priority. President Mnangagwa first ascended to the helm of the country when former President Robert Mugabe resigned in November last year,” said the national broadcaster.

Earlier, on arrival at Harare International Airport, President Kagame said that the AU got a report from its Election Observer Mission that elections in Zimbabwe were free and fair.

President Ramaphosa has urged Zimbabwean leaders to accept the decision of the country’s Constitutional Court which upheld President Mnangagwa’s recent election victory.

In a statement, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko, said the President has also reaffirmed “South Africa’s readiness to work with the government of Zimbabwe in the pursuit of closer political, cultural, economic and trade ties for the mutual benefit of the peoples of South Africa and Zimbabwe.”
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