Zimbabwe wakes up to life without Mugabe after 37 years

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (NOVEMBER 22, 2017) (REUTERS) – Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to return to Zimbabwe on Wednesday (November 22) and will be sworn in as president on Friday (November 24) following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power, according to the state broadcaster ZBC.

Mnangagwa, who fled for his safety after Mugabe sacked him two weeks ago, will land back in Zimbabwe at 1600 GMT at Manyame Airbase in Harare, ZBC said.

Mnangagwa’s sacking prompted the army to seize power, after which the ruling party, ZANU-PF, ditched Mugabe and chose Mnangagwa as its leader.

The 93-year-old clung on as president for a week after the army takeover, with ZANU-PF urging him to go, but he finally resigned on Tuesday (November 21), moments after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.

People danced in the streets of Harare and car horns blared at the news that the Mugabe era was finally over, with some brandishing posters of Mnangagwa and army chief General Constantino Chiwenga.