Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10.00AM /
Tuesday 21st November, 2017 was
a historic day for Zimbabweans as their longest serving leader President Robert
Mugabe resigned his position, finally bowing to pressures from his ruling party
the Zanu-PF, the Military, Opposition parties, the Civil Society, Student
groups amongst others.
The Speaker of the Parliament of Zimbabwe
Hon. Advocate Jacob Francis Mudenda read the letter of resignation, which was
received with jubilation and cheers from the Members of Parliament in the
country, for most of them it was too good to be true.
This development was greeted with massive
jubilations on the streets of Harare as thousands of people expressed joy over
the change in leadership, which they have yearned for in the past 2 decades.
President Mugabe who was instrumental to
independence of the country in 1980, led the country for almost four decades,
with tight policies and in an oppressive manner ruthlessly dealing with voices
of opposition to his policies and programmes.
Mugabe in the area of foreign policy had
closer ties with China, but a cold relationship with the United States of
America and the former colonial masters United Kingdom.
With his exit from the realms of power,
the parliament is expected to announce today Mr Emerson Mnangagwa, the
former Vice-President as new President.
Mnangagwa was appointed the leader of the
ruling ZANU-PF party on Sunday November 19, 2017 after Mugabe was removed from
the helm of affairs, of the party.
Mr Emerson Mnangagwa a 75 year old
Zimbabwean politician and war veteran played a vital role in Zimbabwe’s
liberation and independence in 1980. He also held several cabinet positions
under Mugabe until he was appointed Vice-President on December 10, 2014 until
he was removed from office on November 9, 2017.
He will be sworn into office as the second
President of Zimbabwe since independence on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017.
A lot is expected from his dispensation of
leadership which will be tagged a “new era”, and the structure, composition and
his style of governance will be closely watched by the international
community, till the next scheduled general elections.