Friday, 22 December 2017

Things You Need To Know About Zimbabwe’s New President

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, formerly the Vice-president of Zimbabwe was sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe a few weeks ago. This occurred a few days after Robert Mugabe stepped down as President of Zimbabwe following a military takeover.

It should be noted that during his swearing-in in Harare, the country’s capital, the 75-year, popularly called the Crocodile by his supporters, promised to uphold and respect the constitution of the country and to protect the rights of the citizens of Zimbabwe.

This article gives a summary of his life.

He started his political career at the age of 15

Unlike other presidents, Mnangagwa started his political career at the age of 15. He was said to have been arrested for taking part in a protest against the then colonial rule. He then joined the Zambian student movement, United National Independence (Unip). Between 1961 and 1963, he joined the Zimbabwe’s African People’s Union (Zapu) and the Zimbabwean African National Union (Zanu).

He went afterwards to China where he received military training and upon returning to Zimbabwe led a group of fighters called ‘The Crocodile Gang”. For this reason, he was nicknamed ”Ngwena” which is crocodile in English.

He has committed a lot of crimes

It should be noted that Mnangagwa and his group of fighters committed so many crimes including bombing several trains and killing a white farmer.

He was once sentenced to death

He was arrested and sentenced to death in 1965, but the sentence was overturned because he was too young to face the gallows. Then, he was not up to 21.

He went on to spend 10 years in prison which was where he met Robert Mugabe.

His left ear is permanently impaired
His left ear is reportedly permanently impaired as a result of the horrific torture he went through while in prison.

He was the minister of National security after Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980

Mnangagwa regained his freedom in the 1970s, and was then deported to Zambia. He maintained a strong relationship with Mugabe and was made the head of the civil and military divisions of Zanu. He then went on to become the Minister of National security after Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980.

Between 1988 and 2000, Mnangagwa had served as the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and was also made the leader of the House.

He was one of those that turned Zimbabwe into a serious illegal diamond-trading hub
He was said to have been highly involved in the exploitation of natural resources in Congo, and was instrumental in turning Zimbabwe into a serious illegal diamond-trading hub.

His relationship with Mugabe hit the rocks in 2007

His long term friendship with Mugabe hit the rocks in 2007 after an unsuccessful coup against Mugabe’s government. This came after Mnangagwa was approached by the military to form a government.

Both of them ruled together in 2013

In 2013, Mugabe was elected as the president with Mnangagwa elected as his vice.

He was later sacked by Mugabe

On the 6th of November, Mnangagwa was sacked as Vice-president after being accused by Mugabe of trying to steal power from him. This move was highly criticized by many who were of the opinion that Mugabe wanted his wife, Grace, to succeed him.

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