Mnangagwa to be Zimbabwe President until 21 August 2018

Mnangagwa to be Zimbabwe President until 21 August 2018
Published: 19 May 2017 (658 Views)
COLOGNE - Vice President, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, is set to be in office as the second republic President of Zimbabwe, officially until 21 August 2018, should he takeover from President Robert Mugabe, between now and before then, a parliamentary and legal watchdog has hinted.

Spotlight Zimbabwe, was among the first online publications since last year, to report at length about Mnangagwa's pending shock presidency, which ruling Zanu PF top officials say is going to happen within the next 15 months, before the make or break July 2018 presidential and parliamentary polls.

According to the watchdog Veritas "Bill Watch" update, Zanu PF will be in power until 21 August next year even if Mugabe steps down from office. The development simply means that Mnangagwa, who is all but now certain to succeed Mugabe based on our intelligence gathering and briefings from government insiders, is poised to enjoy a brief stint as president, the shortest tenure in the country's history, as Mugabe is unlikely to finish off his full five year term, owing to a plethora of ills, ranging from health challenges to his old age.

Veritas provides information on the work of the Parliament of Zimbabwe and the Laws of Zimbabwe and makes public domain information widely available.

Mugabe was sworn into power on 22 August 2013, therefore his five-year term expires at midnight on 21 August 2018, Veritas argues.

"The five-year term would not be prematurely terminated if President Mugabe were to cease to be President before the end of the term," Veritas says. "In that event, there are two stages provided for by the Constitution:

"1.   Acting President - the Vice-President who last acted as President takes over until his party [ZANU-PF] notifies the Speaker of Parliament who it has nominated as a successor [notification must be within 90 days]

"2.   Substantive President - the nominee notified to the Speaker by ZANU-PF must assume office as President by taking the Presidential oath of office within the next 48 hours before the Chief Justice.  The new President then holds office until the swearing-in of the person elected at the next general election in July or August 2018."

The watchdog said the earliest date for polling is 23 July 2018 while the last date is 21 August.

"Based on the earliest polling date of 23rd July 2018 the Proclamation must be gazetted in the period 30th April to 9th June 2018. Based on the latest polling date of 21st August 2018, the Proclamation must be gazetted in the period 30th May to 9th July 2018. So the earliest possible proclamation date is Monday 30th April 2018 for polling on Monday 23rd July.  And the latest possible proclamation date is Monday 9th July 2018 for polling on Wednesday 21st August."

The disclosures are coming hard on the heels of former finance minister, and now People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Tendai Biti, making an observation this week that Mnangagwa is a stone's throw away from succeeding Mugabe. Biti wrote to an online magazine called The Gravitas, that the former State Intelligence chef at Independence in 1980, is in a good position of taking over from Mugabe after successfully projecting himself as a tough and capable politician.

"The one-self evident conclusion is that in the short-term, Zanu PF cannot be dislodged. That its control of the patronage economy and the new social base is absolute," Biti wrote. "That despite its fractures, the opposition, even in a grand coalition, cannot dislodge Zanu PF. That a post-Mugabe candidate must be found who is, first of all, strong but with an acceptable veneer of reform capacity. Inevitably, this self-serving proselytising leads to destination (Emmerson) Mnangagwa," Biti was quoted as saying in his contribution by a local daily.

Biti however urged the opposition to be in synergy to stop Mnangagwa from becoming the country's next president.

This publication has exclusively revealed that Mnangagwa's anticipated presidency is now unstoppable, as he has reportedly secured support from China, Britain, and Iran among other world players, and that Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga, is set to become his vice president pick.

Chiwenga will thus become the first highest ranking military chief in the country's history, to assume the second most powerful office in the land, after his predecessor, the late General Vitalis Zvinavashe, came within a whisker of taking up the same office in 2004 following the death of VP Simon Muzenda, in a thrilling grand political plan that has been brewing since 2008, reportedly mooted and involving former Ethiopian leader, Mengistu Haile Mariam now exiled in Zimbabwe after receiving asylum in 1991, who is said to be the brainchild of the scheme, as a hired national security consultant of the military, our sources say.

Spotlight Zimbabwe, reported on 18 November 2016, that although Mugabe's administration has put up a brave face to endorse him as the ruling party's candidate for 2018, with top officials falling over each other to shower him with praise and calls for a life presidency, indications are that the ailing Zanu PF strongman is not going to stand for re-election, and that a "shock announcement" in this regard will be made at the appropriate time.

Mugabe has over the years endured a cocktail of health woes, including eye cataract problems, reported prostate cancer and paining swollen feet. A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world.

It also come to light last year, that Mugabe had drastically reduced his daily working routine to 30-minute afternoon sessions. The revelation was made by a Japanese columnist, Ken Yamamoto, who is believed to have access to state secrets around Mugabe and his regime.

"Except when he has pressing meetings, Mugabe now works 30 minutes a day, often coming to his office around 3pm and leaving half an hour or so afterwards to go home and sleep," Yamamoto has been quoted by the media as saying.

We project that Mnangagwa is going to face-off with former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai ,as the two main political candidates in the July 2018 elections, where Mnangagwa is likely to lose and handover presidential office to Tsvangirai, who increasingly looks set to become the country's third republic leader, when Mnangagwa's last day in office, 21 August 2018 expires.


- spotlight

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Bosso change colour

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 68 Views

Caps United stun Alger

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2017 | 112 Views

Mnangagwa's command agriculture: A ploy for the 2018 elections

by The Solutions Tower Staff | 24 May 2017 | 64 Views

I want my Dynamos job back, Silva says

by Alice Charamba | 24 May 2017 | 91 Views

Khama blow for Warriors?

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 123 Views

Mutasa targets boo boys

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 91 Views

Muroiwa absence explained

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 76 Views

Prophet arrested over mbanje

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 111 Views

Mystery haunts man

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 106 Views

Former Bulawayo City man takes over at Harare City

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2017 | 78 Views

Lumumba withdraws ConCourt application

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 94 Views

War vet appears in court over Zanu-PF violence at Davies Hall

by Stephen Jakes | 24 May 2017 | 82 Views

Clear priorities set for Zimbabwe

by Agencies | 24 May 2017 | 74 Views

MDC-T official house burnt

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2017 | 127 Views

NMBZ performing well, AGM told

by Mike Hamilton | 24 May 2017 | 66 Views

First test tube baby born in Zimbabwe

by Chengetai Chinembiri | 24 May 2017 | 126 Views

Zimbabwe National Army dispels recruitment rumours

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 77 Views

Pastor Chamisa, a dictator in the making

by Tafara Shumba | 24 May 2017 | 119 Views

Sekurutau to headline Africa Day Concert

by Jones Mbiri, Gem Nation News | 24 May 2017 | 64 Views

Swift action needed to bail ZESA

by John Sigauke | 24 May 2017 | 57 Views

The creation of Zimbabwe's Frankenstein

by Tendai Mazenge | 24 May 2017 | 85 Views

Mugabe has been looking a bit frail of late – and it may be deliberate

by Carien du Plessis, News24 | 24 May 2017 | 193 Views

'Tsvangirai not fully recovered'

by Online | 24 May 2017 | 230 Views

Suspended Gershem Pasi resigns from Zimra

by Ndou Paul | 24 May 2017 | 164 Views

10 people feared dead in Zimbabwe mine shaft collapse

by Simbarashe Sithole | 24 May 2017 | 181 Views

What is wrong with Mugabe's Vice Presidents?

by PDP Communications | 24 May 2017 | 93 Views

New school to open in Matabeleland South

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2017 | 77 Views

Racism and prejudice, my personal encounters

by Whitlaw Mugwiji | 24 May 2017 | 70 Views

Highlanders FC disciplinary judgement update

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2017 | 113 Views

Potato shortages hit Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 99 Views

Censorship board tenure increased as Bona is drafted in

by Alice Charamba | 24 May 2017 | 128 Views

Drunk cop in deep trouble, identified

by Zhou Thobekile | 24 May 2017 | 161 Views

Charumbira declare total war on Kasukuwere

by Staff reporter | 24 May 2017 | 207 Views

'Mugabe's govt sabotaging Matabeleland education,' says Zimta

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2017 | 85 Views

Hidden agenda behind Zanu-PF violence, says Mphoko

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2017 | 124 Views

Police urged to be ruthless with kombi drivers

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2017 | 106 Views