AS IT HAPPENED: Today we're witnessing the beginning of a new democracy, says Mnangagwa

2017-11-22 19:00

Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Zimbabwe and is set to address Zanu-PF supporters at the party headquarters in the capital Harare.Follow the live updates.

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22 Nov 20:27

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa announces 'unfolding full democracy'

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa said the country was witnessing a "new and unfolding democracy" in his first public speech.

He was addressing a huge crowd outside ruling party's headquarters, speaking hours after returning to the country. He fled earlier this month after his firing by Robert Mugabe, who resigned on Tuesday under pressure from the military and ruling party.

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Mnangagwa addresses his supporters. (News24)

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Mnangagwa addressing masses. (News24)

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And he's done

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Mnangagwa is finishing his speech in Shona. He's saying on Friday several heads of state have promised to be here. Says he has received messages of support from other leaders pledging their support

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We need the co-operation of SADC, the continent, and our friends in the global community

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Mnangagwa says we want jobs with the crowd cheering

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I appeal to all genuine patriotic Zimbabweans to come together, to work together.

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The will of the people will always, always succeed

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Mnangagwa says the speaker of Parliament was under immense pressure from the powers that be, but he did his work

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With great respect and humility and profound gratitude to my colleagues in the central committee in the manner in which they constitutionally processed the manner in which this was handled

22 Nov 19:35
He is now the former president of Zimbabwe

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Mnangagwa thanking his colleagues, singling out Comrade Mpofu, for starting the process to get rid of "former president Mugabe"

22 Nov 19:34
The way you have managed this process makes SADC proud. Not only on this continent, but the world

22 Nov 19:34
Mnangagwa said he had spoken to heads of states including President Zuma. They have hailed the discipline and the peacefulness of the people of Zimbabwe

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I was in constant contact with the service chiefs throughout

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Our wish also to thank the manner in which our defence forces and general Chiwenga have managed this process very peacefully

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Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new unfolding democracy

22 Nov 19:33
The voice of the people is the voice of God

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Mnangagwa says he sent a letter to Mugabe which said the people have spoken and this was the time to comply

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The people of Zimbabwe have refused

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Orders were coming from people outside the executive

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The G40 cabal had captured the executive through the person of our person

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Today I feel I feel so humbled that you have remained here until this hour... Waiting for me.

22 Nov 19:32
This time around I said to myself I should not wait for them to eliminate me

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I survived that poisoning

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On the 12th of August this year I was subjected to poisoning which resulted in my being airlifted to South Africa

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Within two hours I was informed about plans to eliminate me

22 Nov 19:30
Mnangagwa: Exactly 16 days ago I received a letter firing me from the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe

22 Nov 19:30
Mnangagwa says he'll make his formal inaugural speech around 10am on Friday.

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Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe's president-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa tells Zimbabweans: Today is the beginning of a new unfolding democracy

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Massive cheers as Mpofu reads out Mnangagwa's name

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Mpofu: We also know how this man has been hounded and humiliated

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Mpofu: We all know how he (Mnangagwa) has served our government.

22 Nov 19:18
Mpofu: Mnangagwe came home after serious threats to his safety and security. We will not get into details today. Mpofu says it's time to introduce Mnangagwa

22 Nov 19:17
He thanks the "gallant fighters" for being the most disciplined army in the world and helping the masses of Zimbabweans to remove dictatorship

22 Nov 19:17
Mpofu: the events of the past few weeks have been moving at lightening speed

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Watch the video below as Mnangagwa addresses the masses 

22 Nov 19:09
Mnangagwe surrounded by at least 8 bodyguards. Obert Mpofu is busy introducing him

22 Nov 19:03
Massive cheers as Mnangagwa arrives. People chanting "Garwe" meaning crocodile

22 Nov 19:02
Motorcade with lots of security now pulling into the Zanu-PF headquarters. Looks like Mnangagwa has finally arrived.

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A Zimbabwean holds a crocodile soft toy as he celebrates from a car the arrival of Zimbabwe's ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is referred to as the "crocodile". (Stefan Heunis/AFP)

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