Zimbabwea��s coup leader, Chiwenga sworn in as Vice-President

December 28th, 2017

Zimbabwea��s formerA� army chief Constantino Chiwenga,A� was sworn-in todayA� along with long serving state security minister,A� Kembo Mohadi as Vice-President to President Emmerson Mnangawa.

Chiwenga led a de facto coup last month that ended Robert Mugabea��s 37-year rule.A�HisA�appearance on state television on Nov. 15 preceded armed soldiers taking to the streets, paving the way for Emmerson Mnangagwa to become president.

The swearing-in ceremony was performed at the State House byA�Chief Justice Luke Malaba.

Kembo Mohadi,right, with Chiwenga at the swearing in ceremony. Photo credit: Zimbabwe Herald

Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino ChiwengaA� isA� the latest in a string of military leaders to be elevated to government positions.

His elevation to the number two post was preceded by his appointment as one of theA�two deputies to Mnangagwa in ZANU-PF,A� the ruling party.A�A�Kembo Mohadi was also appointed at the same time.

The party appointment was theA� first step in their elevation to state vice presidents.

Two other top military officials were earlier this month awarded ministerial posts.

They were Sibusio Moyo and Perence Shiri. Moyo wasA� the army general who went on state television to announce the military takeover of the government and Mugabea��s house arrest. He isA� the new foreign affairs minister.

Shiri, former air force chief, is the Lands and Agriculture minister.

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