Emmerson Mnangagwa officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been linked to massacres which killed throusands in the 1980s

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been linked to massacres which killed throusands in the 1980s

Friday, November 24, 2017

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe.

Mnangagwa replaces long-time leader Robert Mugabe, who was forced to step down following a military uprising in the southern African country last week.

Mnangagwa previously served as vice-president to Mugabe, who ruled as President for 30 years. But he was recently forced out from Mugabe, and it is believed the uprising was designed to restore him to power.

Mugabe had reportedly offered to hold talks with Mnangagwa earlier this week, but the offer was rejected.

Whether Mnangagwa's ascension to power will improve the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans is open to question, however. Known as 'the Crocodile', Mnangagwa served alongside Mugabe in Zimbabwe's liberation war, and has been closely linked to ethnic massacres which left thousands dead in the 1980s.

Last week Zimbabwean poet Mgcini Nyoni wrote a powerful piece for talkRADIO, telling us "the people leading the coup are guilty of everything Mugabe is guilty of."