Emmerson Mnangagwa to be
Zimbabwe President
Zimbabwe’s first vice president, Emmerson
Mnangagwa, is set to rule the country for just
slightly over a year, any-time between now and
the 2018 watershed polls, Spotlight Zimbabwe
According to a Zanu-PF Politburo member, with
inside knowledge of the pending presidency, which
shall see Mnangagwa finishing off President
Robert Mugabe’s tenure, on grounds of his old
age battles and increasing health woes, the VP
wants to step in and resolve Harare’s economic
crisis, as his primary goal and short-lived legacy,
among other things including reported plans to
negotiate for amnesty for the regime’s
hardliners, who risk ending up behind bars in the
Hague, for crimes against humanity and
atrocities committed by the administration during
Mugabe’s rule.
The country is due to hold it’s next harmonised
elections by July 22 2018, in line with electoral
laws enshrined in the new Constitution.
Spotlight Zimbabwe has been the first online
publication, to report on Mnangagwa’s power
ascendency with surety on the 23rd of March this
year. We have also reported with verification and
confirmation from top government sources, that
Mnangagwa is going to appoint current Zimbabwe
Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander, General
Constantino Chiwenga, as his deputy president.
Mnangagwa is bubbling with political confidence,
and walking with a spring in his step, after all
but being recently endorsed by key world powers,
such as China and Britain. The former is reported
to be prepared to pour in a massive US$5billion
into the economy, should Mnangagwa move to
State House, while the latter’s Ambassador to
Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing, has been accused by
the opposition of lobbying u Street to
accept a Mnangagwa presidency.
“Mnangagwa’s tenure as Zimbabwe’s president is
going to be the shortest in history,” said the
ruling party’s Politburo official during an
evening call yesterday. “It will not last more
than a year. I understand he wants to earn the
legacy of having restored our country’s economy
during this short period, because he has been
working very hard together with the finance
minister and Reserve bank governor to stimulate
an economic turnaround when he comes into
office, which could be any-time between now and
before the president’s tenure expires.”
The Zanu-PF senior official who sits on one of
the five cabinet committees chaired by
Mnangagwa, also said the intelligence community
has determined that chances are slim for the VP
to win the 2018 presidential plebiscite, as his
predecessor Joice Mujuru and former PM Morgan
Tsvangirai’s grand coalition is going to be “very
difficult to beat”.
An expelled former cabinet minister told Spotlight
Zimbabwe on Tuesday, that he had it on good
account, that Mnangagwa will also use his
anticipated reign to negotiate for amnesty for
top Zanu-PF and government officials in his
inner circle, who might end up being charged by
the International Criminal Court (ICC), for
crimes against humanity.
“Spotlight Zimbabwe wrote about General
Chiwenga becoming the next vice president
right?” said the dismissed minister. “Why do you
think it is happening this way? They want to
have bargaining power to negotiate for amnesty
and a safe exit, so that they will not be
arraigned before the ICC for their crimes, which
I believe Tsvangirai and Mujuru will be forced to
agree to, as condition for Mnangagwa and
General Chiwenga to accept defeat and step down
if they lose the 2018 elections.”