Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa: key dates

2017-11-24 14:54
Supporters hold a banner, wave Zimbabwean national flag and cheer as they gather to welcome Zimbabwe's incoming President Emmerson Mnangagwa upon his arrival at Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare on November 22, 2017. (AFP)

Supporters hold a banner, wave Zimbabwean national flag and cheer as they gather to welcome Zimbabwe's incoming President Emmerson Mnangagwa upon his arrival at Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare on November 22, 2017. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

WATCH LIVE: Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe's 3rd president

2017-11-24 11:27

Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to be sworn in as president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, after a military takeover. Watch the inauguration live. WATCH

Harare - Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was inaugurated on Friday as Zimbabwe's new president, is a political veteran and party hardliner who for decades worked closely with Robert Mugabe.

Here are key dates in his career:

September 15, 1942: Born in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia but moves as a teenager with his family to Zambia, known at the time as Northern Rhodesia

1960s: Joins the struggle for independence after military training in China and Egypt but is arrested and spends 10 years in prison

1980: After Zimbabwe wins independence, he is appointed security minister in Robert Mugabe's first post-independence government. In this position, he oversees a crackdown on suspected opposition dissidents that leaves thousands dead

1983: Directs a brutal crackdown on opposition supporters in the provinces of Matabeleland and Midlands, which leaves thousands dead

2000: As justice minister, a post he has held since 1989, he announces moves to seize white-owned farms

 December 2004: Sidelined for the post of vice president when Mugabe appoints a rival

2008: After Mugabe loses the first round of presidential elections, Mnangagwa allegedly supervises the wave of violence and intimidation that forces the opposition to withdraw from the run-off vote

December 10, 2014: Is named vice president and deputy head of the Zanu-PF, putting him in pole position to one day succeed Mugabe

November 6, 2017: Mugabe sacks Mnangagwa on grounds of disloyalty in a dispute over succession, triggering the country's worst political crisis since independence. Two days later he flees the country

November 22, 2017: Returns triumphantly after Mugabe's shock resignation to eventually take over as president, tells crowds they are witnessing "unfolding full democracy"

November 24, 2017: Mnangagwa is sworn in as the country's second post-independence leader at an inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, in front of thousands of supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats and amid tight security.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

5 scientific benefits of owning a cat

According to science, just the act of watching cats itself can bring about positive emotions – so it comes as no surprise then, that owning a cat has a number of benefits.

 

Paws

Why we love cats
8 great natural remedies for your pet
How to clean your dog’s eyes
This special pooch inspired his brother to learn to stand again
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.