– Zimbabwe’s new Head of State, who is expected to take oath of office on Friday, November 24, is not in good books with the United States
– The incoming Commender-in-Chief Emmerson Mnangagwa was slapped with sanctions for his acts while serving as Robert Mugabe’s vice president
It has emerged that Zimbabwe’s incoming 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa , who is set to be sworn in on Friday, November 24, has not been in good books with the United States.
A report by News 24 and other sources reveal that Mnangagwa, also nicknamed ‘The Crocodile’ – presumably because of his ruthlessness, was slapped with sanctions by the United States in relation to his actions while serving as vice president of now former President Robert Mugabe, 93.
“Mnangagwa was sanctioned in response to what the United States termed as ‘acts to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions’ and ‘acts of violence and other human rights abuses against political opponents’,” reports News 24.
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Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: AFP/Jekesai Njikizana.
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The Crocodile, who was made the new president of Zimbabwe by the ruling party Zanu-PF, on Sunday, November 19, is said to have been a notorious ‘enforcer’ and ‘hardliner’ in Mugabe’s administration.
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Former President Robert Mugabe.Photo:The Source.
Mnangagwa was even accused of spearheading a major crackdown on opposition leaders in the 2008 presidential poll that saw Mugabe retain power.
Ironically, the powerful vice president was dramatically sacked by his boss, leading to a series of regime-changing events that precipitated the fall of Mugabe.
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It would be interesting to see how the United States will relate with Zimbabwe’s new Head of State and just how different Mnangagwa’s leadership will be from his political mentor Mugabe.
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