Where is Emmerson Mnangagwa? The Crocodile takes power after fall of Robert Mugabe.
EMMERSON Mnangagwa is set to take over power from Robert Mugabe tomorrow, after the tyrant resigned from his post.
The ousted Vice President has not been seen in Zimbabwe despite replacing Mugabe as the leader of the ruling Zanu-PF party on the weekend.
Mugabe formally handed in his resignation today, after being deposed by the military in a coup on Tuesday night.
The military coup came after Mugabe fired Mnangagwa two weeks ago to pave the way for his wife Grace Mugabe to become his successor.
Where is Emmerson Mnangagwa now?
Mnangagwa, also known as the Crocodile, is understood to be about to head back to Zimbabwe to assume power, officials have confirmed.
Sources in Zimbabwe have told Sky News that Mnangagwa will be sworn in on Wednesday and Zanu-PF’s chief whip, Lovemore Matuke, told AP that the Vice President is currently “not far from here”.
The Zimbabwean defence force also said in a statement: “The Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services are encouraged by the developments which conclude contact between the president and the former vice president Mnangagwa, who is expected in the country shortly.”
In a statement, Mnangagwa said that Mugabe has him invited to return to Zimbabwe.
But he said: “I told the President that I would not return home now until I am satisfied of my personal security, because of the manner and treatment given to me upon being fired.”
The strongman was forced into political exile in South Africa where after being sacked for alleged acts of “disloyalty” two weeks ago.
Robert MUgabe ousted his long-time ally Emmerson Mnangagwa from Government
Mnangagwa is expected to head an interim transitional Government until the next general election by the end of August 2018.
Even if Mnangagwa becomes the next president, we must not forget he is a protagonist in much of the oppression Zimbabwe is experiencing
But The Crocodile is not the only person looking to gain power and Zimbabwe’s opposition is intent on being heard as well.
Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the opposition, called on the international community to chair next year’s elections in a bid for transparency and fairness.
War veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa, who has led an 18-month-long campaign against Mugabe, has called for widespread protests if Mugabe refuses to go.